THATCHER STOLE MY TROUSERS
Alexei Sayle, Bloomsbury Circus, $37
Sayle was a pioneer of the alternative 1980s comedy boom in London, which bred television shows such as The
Young Ones. This second memoir, which follows Stalin
Ate My Homework, is his hilarious account of growing up a communist in Liverpool. Here, he leaves Liverpool for the Chelsea School of Art, where he is a mostly hopeless student. Finally, Sayle answers an advertisement seeking acts for a new club called the Comedy Store. He finds an audience for his aggressive brand of humour and jokes such as Communist Bingo. in which everyone gets the same card and shouts “house” simultaneously. This is a funny and honest telling of a life story.