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Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar: Series 1-3

The BBC Radio 4 Comedy
Narrated by: Alexei Sayle
Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
Categories: Film, Radio & TV, Comedy
5 out of 5 stars (84 ratings)

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Summary

All three series of Alexei Sayle’s hilarious stand-up and story-telling show.

The Godfather of alternative comedy, Alexei Sayle, mixes memoir and philosophy from behind the counter of his imaginary sandwich bar, serving up wit, wisdom and illusory baguettes as he muses on a multitude of topics.

In these 12 shows, he explores his impulse to pretend and his love of sandwiches, discusses his childhood in a communist household and his physical attraction to Boris Johnson, explains why he will never go on Strictly Come Dancing and draws a striking comparison between capitalism and all-you-can-eat buffets. He also reveals where all the Millets shops have gone, considers the appeal of Donald Trump, tells us how to get a cheap drink in the centre of Paris and recounts the difficulties he faced when tracking down his lost cat.

From considerations of ethics and political discussions to anecdotes about celebrities and tales of his family, his freewheeling flights of fancy and madcap monologues will make you laugh out loud. So why not drop into Alexei’s deli and listen in, as one of the leading lights of the foccacia revolution shares his weird and wonderful worldview.

Cast and credits

Written and performed by Alexei Sayle

With Jake Yapp, Nicholas Parsons, Paul Merton, Sean Baker and Ian Smith

With additional material from Liam Bearne, Sarah Campbell and Ben Partridge

Original music and lyrics by Tim Sutton

Produced by Joe Nunnery

Production Coordinator: Beverly Tagg

A BBC Studios production

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 15 November-6 December 2016 (Series 1), 9-30 November 2017 (Series 2), 12 September-3 October 2019 (Series 3)  

©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd trading as BBC Studios (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd trading as BBC Studios

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Spite, bile and invective - at no extra cost!

There's not many comedians who are still funny after over 40 years in the business, but Sayle is one of them.
Pin-sharp observations,surrealism and politics are combined in this collection of his most recent BBC radio shows. Absolutely hilarious but don't listen in public in case you make a prat out of yourself laughing out loud.

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Hahahahahahahahaaaaaa!

Addictive listening: Still got it Alexei! Made me laugh out loud. Hope there'll be more.

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When does it get funny?

Not what I expected,I don't seem to have the same sense of humour as the other reviewer's!!

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essential listening for any right minded person

Alexie always pushed the boundaries and he is back ... boom ... such off the wall comedy but thought proving too. Its very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very veryvery very very very very veryvery very very very very veryvery very very very very veryvery very very very very very funny. if you listen youll get that one.

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come on...

... you all know Alexei Sayle is great. like a fine wine or a talking spaniel, he only gets better with age and crufts training

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Excellent as ever.

Just as funny as ever, been a longstanding fan since the 80's, carry on Alexei!

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Wonderful

This book was a revelation. Gloriously funny, very different and with just a hint of crazy/talent.

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Hilarious.

Hilarious. Fabulously funny. Unique. Informative and intelligent in his gorgeously scousy way. The world needs more Alexei.

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Laugh, laugh and laugh

Alexei Sayle is hilarious. Given the freedom of radio he is able to rift on jokes and add weight to his monologues which would be lost on TV. With this show he proves again, not that he needed too, that he is the most inventive, irreverent and humane comedians in the land. BBC let Alexei make this show forever

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We’ve missed you

Intelligent ,acutely well observed comedy perfection .... with still enough anger with the world , but now mellowed just enough . Comedy genius - we’ve missed you Alexei .