THATCHER STOLE MY TROUSERS

Alexei Sayle, Blooms­bury Cir­cus, $37

The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - REVIEWS - MICHAEL MCGUIRE

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.

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