Alexei Sayle

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Both left and right practise ‘cancel culture’. Both should stop | Kenan Malik
If we fail to defend that right for speech we dislike, we will lose it for the speech we do like

Kenan Malik

23, May, 2021 @10:00 AM

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What a joke: the 10 funniest comedy shows of 2020
There wasn’t a lot to laugh about as venues closed and gigs were cancelled. But standups still delivered silly, edgy and heartfelt gags. Our critic picks his favourite new material

Brian Logan

21, Dec, 2020 @9:00 AM

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Alexei Sayle review – a blizzard of rage and gloriously biting wit
Touring for the first time in seven years, it’s clear that the standup veteran hasn’t lost any of his sharp humour

Brian Logan

11, Mar, 2020 @10:04 AM

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Star debuts and happy returns: theatre, dance and comedy in 2020
Tom Stoppard gets personal, Cush Jumbo does Hamlet, Hollywood names bring everything from tragedy to comedy … plus dance confronts shame and there’s standup open heart surgery

Arifa Akbar, Lyndsey Winship and Brian Logan

02, Jan, 2020 @9:00 AM

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Comic Strip's riotous Soho club reborn as state-of-the-art theatre
New Boulevard theatre aims to awaken area’s rebel spirit in the building that hosted Eddie Izzard and Rik Mayall in the 80s

Chris Wiegand

19, Mar, 2019 @4:49 PM

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From Beyond the Fringe to Nanette: five shows that changed the face of comedy
With the Edinburgh fringe in full flow, here are the five standup sets that catapulted their creators to fame

Brian Logan

21, Aug, 2018 @9:00 AM

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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

Alexei Sayle

19, Nov, 2017 @9:00 AM

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'So the universe implodes – no matter': comedians share their best one-liners
In Steve Best’s new book Joker Face, standups pick some of the funniest gags they’ve told. Here are 10 of our favourites

04, Oct, 2017 @11:03 AM

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From scissor attacks to diabetes improv: comedians' weirdest gigs
Lucy Porter caused a breakup. Romesh Ranganathan did a diabetes panel show. And Clive Anderson was attacked with scissors. Comics relive their worst moments on stage

16, Aug, 2017 @10:00 AM

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What happened to moral disgust in standup? Well, maybe it just wasn’t funny | James Kettle
It’s deluded to think comics can change the world, says James Kettle, head writer on Radio 4’s The News Quiz

James Kettle

09, Aug, 2017 @8:00 AM

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Alexei Sayle review – still angry after all these years
The standup aims his moral disgust at targets including the Queen, Dominic Sandbrook and Jack Whitehall, in a hilariously mean but erudite and pointed set

Brian Logan

07, Aug, 2017 @11:08 AM

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Stars from comedy’s punk past return to the Edinburgh fringe
Alexei Sayle, Craig Ferguson and Sue Perkins are heading back to the festival as it celebrates its 70th birthday

Vanessa Thorpe Observer arts and media correspondent

22, Jul, 2017 @11:05 PM

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