Comedian and writer Alexei Sayle was born in Liverpool, UK on the 7th of August, 1952. Sayle is considered a central figure in the alternative comedy revolution of the 1980s which had kicked back against the old fashioned comedy stylings that had come previously. Often politically charged, Sayle’s comedy took an absurd and cynical look at society and culture.
Alexei Sayle has turned his hand to a vast array of creative mediums over the last four decades from his 3 music albums in the 1980s, written 5 screenplays and 10 books, as well as a host of film and television appearances.
As an author Sayle has written five novels and two short story collections, and in 1987 he created a graphic novel, Geoffrey The Tube Train And The Fat Comedian. A collection of his columns for Time Out and the Sunday Mirror were collated into his book Great Bus Journeys of the World, co-written with David Stafford.
His two autobiographies Stalin Ate My Homework (2010) and Thatcher Stole My Trousers (2016) are a wonderful mix of random hilarity, and cynical irreverence, described by Alexei Sayle as a “satirical memoir”.
Below is a video of Alexei discussing, and reading excerpts of, his second autobiography with comedian Stewart Lee. Be warned- there is some strong language.
Alexei Sayle and Stewart Lee Talk About ‘Thatcher Stole My Trousers’.
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