15 Nov ‘Ullo, Gotta New Cast Member?
Execcer on Alexei Sayle…
We are very excited to have Alexei in the wings to play ‘Keith Keys’, our guest character in Episode 3. A unanimous decision from #TeamStrange to offer it to him immediately after we’d had the idea… and yay! The Man from Liverpool, he say YES!
I’ve always loved Alexei’s work, both as a writer and performer. There’s something that runs through his work that is also common to Trev & Simon’s – that sense of eccentricity and nonsense, and yet with a very real craft beneath it. His BBC series ALEXEI SAYLE’S STUFF and the subsequent THE ALL NEW ALEXEI SAYLE SHOW won accolades around the world; from the Royal Television Society and Broadcast Press Guild in the UK to an International Emmy and a Bronze Rose of Montreux.
He probably first caught your attention in THE YOUNG ONES and a series of Films in THE COMIC STRIP PRESENTS series – and hopefully you caught his brilliant DIDN’T YOU KILL MY BROTHER? More recently a career as a presenter and columnist, as well as novelist (MR ROBERTS, WEEPING WOMEN HOTEL & OVERTAKEN), as well as his highly acclaimed short story collections THE DOG CATCHER and BARCELONA PLATES. Not to mention his memoir STALIN ATE MY HOMEWORK – ‘It’s not like other comedians’ memoirs. It’s funny.’ The Guardian.
I was also lucky enough to catch him dip his toes back into standup as MC at the Soho Theatre earlier this year: “A cool and clever comeback from the godfather of alternative comedy”, said Bruce Dessau, and I’d agree…
We’re easing our way through funding the next episodes – a wonderful collection of Mirthlings has bought badges, beanies & bags; experiences like having your name read out at the end of the episode, and commissioning a page of the script; along with signed memorabilia and a Christmas Card from Space – all of which has helped us start making Episodes 3 & 4 and a Christmas Song. If you want to be part of getting Alexei into Studio with Trev and Simon and Sophie, pop over to the shop and see what takes your fancy – all funds go to production. We can get perks to you in time for Christmas if you’d like to give them as presents!