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Alexei Sayle, comedian

Desert Island Discs

Alexei Sayle is a comedian and writer, who began his career just over 40 years ago at the small Comedy Store venue in London, which proved a launch-pad for a new generation of comic stars. Alexei was born in Liverpool, where his parents were loyal members of the Communist Party: their politics informed almost every aspect of the family’s life, including holidays by train to eastern European countries that were then part of the Soviet bloc. He won a place at Chelsea School of Art but didn’t thrive as a painter. He began performing with a theatre troupe and - after answering an advertisement - became the compere on the opening night of the Comedy Store. He soon found himself at the centre of a new wave of British comedy. With his tight suits and often abrasive stage presence, he enjoyed successful stand-up tours, appearances on numerous TV shows including The Young Ones, and even a novelty pop hit. He attempted to launch a career in America, but was fired from a TV series on his 40th birthday. He stepped back from stand-up and devoted himself to writing novels and short stories. More recently, he has returned to live performance, and has also created a number of comedy series for Radio 4. He lives in London with his wife Linda: they have been married for almost 50 years. DISC ONE: Volver by Carlos Gardel DISC TWO: Joe Hill by Joan Baez DISC THREE: Aviator’s March by Yevgeny Kibkalo (baritone), conducted by Alexei Kovalev DISC FOUR: Seeräuber Jenny (Pirate Jenny) by Lotte Lenya DISC FIVE: Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin DISC SIX: Shipbuilding by Robert Wyatt DISC SEVEN: It Was a Good Day by Ice Cube DISC EIGHT: Bonkers by Dizzee Rascal BOOK CHOICE: The Sword of Honour Trilogy by Evelyn WaughLUXURY ITEM: A Chinese Broadsword CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin Presenter Lauren LaverneProducer Sarah Taylor


23 May 2021

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Alexei Sayle

Streets Ahead

Alexei Sayle is an English stand-up comedian, actor, television presenter, author and former recording artist. He is also a cyclist with a surprising interest in active travel.Ned pops for a coffee with Alexei to talk about his cycling history, his return to bike riding in the capital and - of course - Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.You can listen to Alexei Sayle's new podcast here: https://audioboom.com/channels/5038428 - and his YouTube videos here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDNNsx1x7YDiV8JEysO3DmAWe hope you enjoy this episode of Streets Ahead, a podcast dedicated to the world of active travel, liveable streets and people-focused urban design.We’re on Twitter and welcome your feedback on our episode: http://www.twitter.com/podstreetsaheadIf you're reading this, please can you take 1 minute to give us a rating and write a review? It helps us more than you probably think.Thanks for listening! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


21 May 2021

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Alexei Sayle

Resistance TV

Alexei Sayle InterviewThis week on Resistance Cast we have Alexei Sayle, Stand-Up, Actor, Television presenter, Author and former recording artist. A central figure in the British comedy scene since the 1980'sYou can catch Alexei''s podcast and other videos here-https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDNNsx1x7YDiV8JEysO3DmAYou can subscribe to our Youtube channel here- https://www.youtube.com/c/ResistMovement​Catch up with Last weeks episode here-https://youtu.be/8yfO6aQh_okand you can catch up on previous episodes here-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Dam8...​Join the movement here-https://www.resistmovement.org.uk/joi...​Donate here-https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/festi...​Buy Merch here-https://www.resistmovement.org.uk/shop​

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22 Apr 2021

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Series 3, Bonus Track: Alexei Sayle

The Lonely Arts Club

Alexei Sayle shares with us his upbringing in Liverpool, son of a Jewish mother and both parents  part of the Communist party. He tells of his life in a happy, stable working class family.His career starts when developing comedy with a friend they begin stand up nights at the student union bar. Then in 1982 he starts working on a late night comedy show called OTT where he meets fellow comedians Lenny Henry and Chris Tarrant, but it's when he is given his own show in 1988 that he describes this as a time of tremendous happiness.In 1984 Alexei breaks into the charts with his single "Ullo John Got a New Motor" and is a guest on Top pf The Pops.More recently Alexei is producing his own podcast and is intending to ride around on his bike with a go-pro sharing observations of the streets of London.  Referred to as The Godfather of Alternative Comedy, Alexei delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy from behind the counter of his Imaginary Sandwich Bar, which can be heard on Radio 4 along with dark comic plays adapted from his original short stories.Available to download from Thursday 8th April, The Lonely Arts Club can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many more podcasting platforms.This episode was recorded virtually meaning the quality of the recording may be slightly different to normal. 


30 Mar 2021

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36. Alexei Sayle: There's a McCarthyite assault on Jeremy Corbyn and the left

The Owen Jones Podcast

Alexei Sayle is an iconic comedian, actor, author, TV presenter, among so many other things. We talk about the rise of his career under Thatcherism, the general lockdown nightmare, the state of left-wing politics and the Labour party, the assault on the left, and we discuss antisemitism.Help us take on the right-wing media here: https://patreon.com/owenjones84 Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-owen-jones-podcast.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


26 Feb 2021

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RHLSTP 309 - Alexei Sayle

RHLSTP with Richard Herring

#309 Eighty-Nine Pence BLT - Recording just before Christmas on Plague Island, Richard wonders what kind of UK listeners will be living in when this is broadcast (in a fortnight), but his guest is legendary actor, author, comedian and expired food eating hobbyist Alexei Sayle. They discuss finding a goose with Keith Allen, having one of the top ten comedy shows of 2020 (but how many were there in total?), Alexei’s new online shows involving politics and cycling and an analysis of the film Siesta. Plus whether the left will ever stop fighting itself and think about fighting the right, mortality, the death of ambition and remaining inventive and fresh as a comedian.Check out Alexei’s podcast here https://audioboom.com/channels/5038428Check out the bike riding videos here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGO22mT2plcSUPPORT THE SHOW!Watch our TWITCH CHANNELBecome a badger and see extra content at our WEBSITESee details of the RHLSTP TOUR DATESBuy DVDs and Books from GO FASTER STRIPESee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 7mins

6 Jan 2021

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The Alexei Sayle Podcast - TRAILER

The Alexei Sayle Podcast

If you listen to The Alexei Sayle podcast you will not be disappointed, unless you are expecting something other than an old man talking crap. Photograph from the Andy Hollingworth Archive Logo by AMBA SDF Music by Tarboosh Records The Alexei Sayle Podcast is produced and edited by Talal Karkouti

15 Nov 2020

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Ullo John we got Alexei Sayle

James Watt in Conversation - ShowTALK.biz Podcast

James Watt  caught up with  Alexei 


27 Oct 2020

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330 - Alexei Sayle

The Comedian's Comedian Podcast

The godfather of British alternative comedy, Alexei Sayle is always at the edge of catastrophe. The star of The Young Ones, Alexei Sayle’s Stuff, The Comic Strip Presents, many more and now his Imaginary Sandwich Bar, gets stuck into why inauthenticity is his bugbear, how to make the most of creative discomfort, the earliest days of the Comedy Store, and the transition from counterculture to national treasure.In 30 mins of extras available only to the Insiders Club, Alexei talks about his real feelings towards Ben Elton, and the current crop of arena comics; how he re-fit his show about political optimism when the wind changed; and identifies a link between standup and martial arts regarding the energy of the audience and his own… Available now only at www.comedianscomedian.com/insidersSee Alexei on tour now! Details at www.alexeisayle.meThanks to Ellen Frost at Bloomsbury Theatre @bloomstheatreStuart Goldsmith's Edinburgh Fringe show "The Void" is onside now at tinyurl.com/stu2020See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 9mins

5 Mar 2020

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Britt Ekland, Rob Delaney, Alexei Sayle, Lucy Hawking, Rachael & Vilray, Stephen Schwartz, Luke Brady, Arthur Smith

Loose Ends

Clive Anderson and Arthur Smith are joined by Britt Ekland, Rob Delaney, Alexei Sayle and Lucy Hawking for an eclectic mix of conversation, music and comedy. With music from Stephen Schwartz and Luke Brady and Rachael & Vilray.


25 Jan 2020