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Thatcher Stole My Trousers by Alexei Sayle

Thatcher Stole My Trousers

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Elegantly written and painfully funny--here is the second volume of memoirs from the acclaimed stand-up comedian, novelist and actor, Alexei Sayle. Fascinating, funny, angry and entertaining, it is a story of class and comedy, politics and love, fast cars and why it's difficult to foul a dwarf in a game of football.

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Thatcher Stole My Trousers by Alexei Sayle

'What I brought to comedy was an authentic working-class voice plus a threat of genuine violence - nobody in Monty Python looked like a hard case who'd kick your head in.' In 1971 comedians on the working men's club circuit imagined that they would be free to go on telling their tired, racist, misogynistic gags forever but their nemesis, a 19 year old Marxist art student with a bizarre concern for the health of British manufacturing was slowly coming to meet them. Through the next decade Alexei Sayle would be a student at Chelsea Art School, a clerk in a DHSS office (where nobody did any work), one of London's bottom ten freelance illustrators, a school dinner lady and a college lecturer (who kidnapped his students), before he became the original MC of London's first modern comedy club, the Comedy Store, and the landscape of British comedy was altered forever. Thatcher Stole My Trousers chronicles a time when comedy and politics came together in electrifying ways. Recounting the opening season of the Comedy Store, Alexei's experiences with Alternative Cabaret, the Comic Strip and the Young Ones, and his friendships with the comedians who, like him would soon become household names, this is a unique and beguiling blend of social history and memoir.


'The inventor of alternative comedy' David Baddiel

'Comedy underwent seismic change in the 1980s, and Alexei Sayle was at the forefront of it ... Thatcher Stole My Trousers, is full of self-accusation, pratfalls, memories of idiocy and delusion, all built up for comic effect. But about his debut he is deadly serious: he knows he helped change the tone of British comedy. He blazed a trail for a new generation of punkish comic violence (such as The Young Ones) and politically engaged stand-up, that consigned to oblivion the old gag-merchants; he effectively silenced the humour of mothers-in-law, tits, arses, Pakis, micks and poofs' Independent

'It's not like other comedians memoirs. It's funny' Guardian on Stalin Ate My Homework

'As strange and fascinating as any fiction ... This would be excellent even if it weren't by someone famous' The Times on Stalin Ate My Homework

'Fascinating and hugely entertaining' Telegraph on Stalin Ate My Homework

'A great memoir of a strange childhood. Just let me read you this bit funny' Frank Cottrell Boyce on Stalin Ate My Homework

'An entertaining history of British stand-up' -- Hannah Stephenson Yorkshire Post

About the Author

Alexei Sayle
Alexei Sayle is a comedian, actor, presenter and writer. His television work as a writer and performer includes The Young Ones, Alexei Sayle's Stuff, and The All New Alexei Sayle Show. He has written regularly for the Observer, Indepedent, Time Out, Car Magazine and Esquire and he has appeared in numerous films, from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade to Gorky Park and Swing.

Photograph © Poppy Berry

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Publication date

30th November 1999


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