Alexei Sayle Biography
Alexei Sayle born Alexei David Sayle is an English stand-up actor, comedian, author and former recording artist, in the 1980s, he was a central figure in the alternative comedy movement.
He studied at Alsop High School in Walton, and was expelled halfway through sixth form. After that, he took a foundation course in art at Southport, and then attended Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. He joined Garnett College, Roehampton, a teachers training college for in further.
He was voted the 18th greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Stand-ups in 2007. In the updated 2010 poll he came 72nd. Much of his humour is in the tradition of Spike Milligan and Monty Python, with riffs based on absurd and surreal premises. His act is noted for its cynicism and political awareness, as well as physical comedy.
Alexei Sayle Age
He was born on 7 August 1952 in Anfield, Liverpool, United Kingdom. He is 66 years old as of 2018.
Alexei Sayle Wife
He is married to Linda Rawsthorn. The couple married in 1974. The couple live in Bloomsbury in central London.
Alexei Sayle Tour
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Alexei Sayle Young Ones
Comedy series following the surreal lives and adventures of four social inadequate students.
First episode date: 9 November 1982
Original network: BBC Two
Theme song: The Young Ones
Writers: Rik Mayall, Alexei Sayle, Ben Elton, Lise Mayer
Alexei Sayle Indiana Jones
The intrepid explorer Indiana Jones sets out to rescue his father, a medievalist who has vanished while searching for the Holy Grail. Following clues in the old man’s notebook, Indy arrives in Venice, where he enlists the help of a beautiful academic, but they are not the only ones who are on the trail, and some sinister old enemies soon come out of the woodwork.
Initial release: 24 May 1989 (USA)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Music composed by: John Williams
Budget: 48 million USD
Screenplay: George Lucas, Philip Kaufman, Jeffrey Boam
Alexei Sayle Songs
- Hello John Got a New Motor
- Dr Marten’s Boots
- ‘Ullo John! Gotta New Motor?
- 1981: Alexei Sayle
Alexei Sayle Books
- Thatcher Stole My Trousers
- Stalin Ate My Homework
- Barcelona plates
- The dog catcher
- Mister Roberts
- Weeping Women Hotel
- Train to Hell
- Alexei Sayle’s Imaginary Sandwich Bar: Based on the Hilarious BBC Radio 4 Series
- Alexei Sayle’s Great Bus Journeys of the World
- Geoffrey the Tube Train and the Fat Comedian
- Alexei Sayle Untitled Novel 2
- A Friendship (Fast Fiction)
- Stories Taken from Barcelona Plates and The Dog Catcher
Alexei Sayle Movies
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Gorky Park
- The Thief Lord
- Carry On Columbus
- Reckless Kelly
- The Supergrass
- The Bride
- They Do It with Mirrors
- The Itch of the Golden Nit
- Night Voice
- The Surprise Demise of Francis Cooper’s Mother
- The Legend of the Tamworth Two
- CIA: Exiled
- Gloves Off
Alexei Sayle Tv Shows
- The Young Ones
- Alexei Sayle’s Stuff
- The All New Alexei Sayle Show
- The Comic Strip
- Alexei Sayle’s Merry-Go-Round
- Tipping the Velvet
- Selling Hitler
- Keen Eddie
- Arabian Nights
- Comic Roots
- Horrible Histories
- The Gravy Train
- Whoops Apocalypse
- Rubbish, King of the Jumble
- Olive the Ostrich
- The Lenny Henry Show
- The Unpleasant World of Penn & Teller
- Spine Chillers
- Bremner, Bird and Fortune
- Renford Rejects
- Roland Rat: The Series
- Animated Tales of the World
- Blood Matters
- Les Girls
Alexei Sayle Instagram
Alexei Sayle Quotes
- People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it’s safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs.
- You can’t do comedy with a beard.
- Honestly, sometimes I get really fed up of my subconscious – it’s like it’s got a mind of its own.
- Americans have different ways of saying things. They say ‘elevator’, we say ‘lift’… they say ‘President’, we say ‘stupid psychopathic git.
- If I won the lottery I’d start a charity that helped little family hardware stores, cobblers and fruit shops open in city centres.
- Now, as a comic, if you’re vaguely amusing you can go straight into TV, then you play the O2 and then everyone’s sick of you.
- People used to think I was just a shouty comic but I was doing stuff about Sartre.
- I think that my ideas of the world are that it’s random and cruel but kind of quite comical really, and therefore the humour, in a sense, springs from that
- If sitcoms were easy to write, there’d be a lot of good ones, and there aren’t.
- I’ve been going to Granada for many years and 12 years ago bought a house a few miles outside the city.
- I exist as an annexe of the BBC. I’m down the road a bit from the main building, in a little hut.
- Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, may have had his charms, but he really couldn’t be considered hip.
- Everyone I used to work with is still alive and can afford expensive lawyers.
- I feel sorry for many politicians… we expect them to be completely consistent and moralised when we’re not.
Alexei Sayle Interview
On my radar: Alexei Sayle’s cultural highlights.
The writer, actor and comedian on the joys of cheap restaurants, Otto Dix and that single seat under the stairs on London buses.
Born in Anfield, Liverpool, Alexei Sayle studied art before training to be a further-education teacher. When London’s Comedy Store opened in 1979, he became its first MC and, over the following decade, became a central figure in the alternative comedy movement. He has starred in a number of TV shows including The Young Ones (1982-4) and the Emmy-winning Alexei Sayle’s Stuff (1988-1991). His credits also include theatre (The Tempest, Old Vic, 1988), film (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, 1989) and radio (the award-winning Alexei Sayle and the Fish People). His book Alexei Sayle’s Imaginary Sandwich Bar is out now, while the second series of his BBC radio programme of the same name is broadcast on weekdays on Radio 4.
When I was 60, I was very excited to get my old person’s travel pass and so now the chauffeur has been fired, the Bentley sold and I go everywhere on public transport. On some models of London bus, there is a single seat in a little sort of cubby hole behind the driver, under the stairs. I really like that seat and will often have to fight other old people to get it. I think of that seat as “premium economy”.
The Vietnam War (Dir: Ken Burns, BBC4)
This marvellous documentary series contains not only amazing footage of the conflict itself but also fascinating testimonies from those on both sides who fought in and protested against the war. As someone whose mother was close to the communist side I would sometimes come home from school to find slightly bewildered members of the Viet Cong in our front room in Anfield. The series is also very revealing about the brutality and cruelty the north Vietnamese could display both to the enemy and their own people.
Time Out London: Top 100 Cheap Eats
About a decade ago, my wife, Linda, gave me this restaurant guide. And in the last few years I have been trying slowly to visit every establishment in this little book on the bus, often accompanied by my friend [restaurant reviewer] Matthew Norman. Recently, we have been to Ariana II, an Afghan place in Kilburn, whose other branch is bizarrely in New York; Mosob, an Eritrean cafe on a particularly bleak stretch of Harrow Road; and Tbilisi, a bright, neon-lit Georgian restaurant in Holloway. After I eat at these restaurants I put a line through their page and never visit them again. It is a sign of the relentless churn of the London dining scene that a lot of the eateries in my book have already closed and become something else before I can go there, but then that is sometimes a relief.
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