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Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar
Alexei Sayle delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy

The Godfather of Alternative Comedy delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy from behind the counter of his Imaginary Sandwich Bar.

Episode 1 - Pretending & Sandwiches
Alexei explores his impulse to pretend and love of sandwiches. Along the way he reveals the little known origin of the prawn cocktail, debunks the myth that the Earl of Sandwich was the first person to put a bit of meat between two slices of bread and discusses the hidden depths of Taylor Swift.

Episode 2 - Political Beliefs
Alexei explores his political beliefs system, looking back at his childhood in a communist house-hold, his career as a drug-dealer and his physical attraction to Boris Johnson.

Episode 3 - Careerism
Alexei reveals the surprising reason he disappeared from our TV screens in the 1990's, recounts a chance meeting with Ed Milliband, discusses rampant nepotism in most coveted careers and draws a striking comparisons between capitalism and all you can eat buffets.

Episode 4 - History and the Role of the Entertainer
Alexei explores the role of the entertainer. Along the way he explains why he will never go on Strictly Come Dancing, the reason Newsnight needs to be 11 hours long and questions why TV comedy panel shows help rehabilitate the careers of 'war criminals'.

Episode 5 - Britain's Place in the World
Alexei considers Britain's place in the world and discusses his return to stand-up comedy after a 17 year hiatus. Along the way he reveals where all of the Millets shops have gone, discloses the key to reworking old material for a modern audience and offers a compelling argument for Britain losing a war - and soon.

Episode 6 - The Financial Crash
Alexei considers the causes and fall-out of the 2008 financial crash, the appeal of Donald Trump and laments his lack of mainstream success.

Episode 7 - Death and Travel
Alexei considers travel to places both real and imaginary. Along the way he reveals why Radio 4 is a staple for Merchant seamen, how to get a cheap drink in the centre of Paris and the impulses he must fight when on holiday.

Episode 8 - La Vie Moral
Alexei considers how one might live an ethical life, recounts the difficulties he faced when tracking down his lost cat and pays penance for a feud with another performer.

A BBC Radio comedy production from 2016, 2017.

  1. Pretending & Sandwiches (25.2Mb)
  2. Political Beliefs (25.4Mb)
  3. Careerism (25.2Mb)
  4. History and the Role of the Entertainer (25.5Mb)
  5. Britain's Place in the World (25.5Mb)
  6. The Financial Crash (25.6Mb)
  7. Death and Travel (25.4Mb)
  8. La Vie Moral (25.1Mb)

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