Alexei Sayle

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The best comedy gigs of 2013

17 Dec 2013

Alexei Sayle, Russell Brand, Bridget Christie, The Pin and Tim Key showed us the funny this year

Alexei Sayle Showing the young ’uns a thing or ten, the guy who singularly invented alternative comedy (as he half-jokingly insisted during the brilliant hour-long set he delivered at The Stand in August) made the finest comeback since Lazarus. He was…

Hot 100 2013: Tommy Sheppard's 5 highlights of 2013

11 Dec 2013

The Stand and Assembly Rooms boss picks his five cultural highlights of 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Alexei Sayle

20 Aug 20135 stars

A masterclass from the alternative comedy pioneer

Without naming any names, a number of British comics who were big in the 80s and 90s have returned to the stand-up stage. Their comeback appearances merely proved that they made a wise move stopping in the first place. With this breath-taking hour…

The best shows at the 2013 Edinburgh Festivals

16 Jul 2013

20 highlights from the 2013 festival programmes, covering Fringe, Books, International, Art and Jazz

We’ve scanned the thousands of shows, exhibitions and events across the festival in late July, August and early September, and highlight the ones that simply cannot be missed

The David Bowie connection: shows at 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

9 Jul 2013

Musicians, artists, comedians and choreographers with a connection to David Bowie

He may not be here in the flesh at this year’s festival, but there are plenty musicians, artists, comedians and choreographers in town with a connection to the Thin White Duke. Douglas Gordon painted Self Portrait of You + Me (David Bowie)

The best comedy performances of 2012

13 Dec 2012

Featuring Doctor Brown, Pappy's, Alexei Sayle, Alfie Brown and Mark Thomas

1 Mime Character comedy, sketch shows and straight-down-the-line stand-up made way for silent comedy this August when Doctor Brown (pictured) walked off with the Edinburgh Comedy Award and The Boy with Tape on His Face won the panel award.

As Alexei Sayle re-enters stand up, we look back on the Alternative Comedy movement

16 Oct 2012

Rik Mayall, Jenny Eclair and Ben Elton are among the 1980s alt.comics who shaped comedy today

He may be viewed as a showbusiness pariah today, but Ben Elton’s words once summed up the alternative comedy ethos: ‘We can make people laugh without being racist or sexist. Bernard Manning’s mother-in-law jokes, and jokes implying that all Irish are…

Five Edinburgh Book Festival guests you'll know from TV

9 Aug 2011

Lucy Worsley, Bettany Hughes, Alexei Sayle, Kirsty Wark and Peter Taylor

Lucy Worsley Delving into the intimate history of old homes and buildings is Worsley’s prime passion and her BBC Four series and book If Walls Could Talk pretty much sums it up. During her years of research, she has uncovered the fact that bedrooms…