Alexei Sayle

Comedian, actor, novelist and short story writer...

Alexei Sayle biography and information

Alexei Sayle was a central part of the alternative comedy circuit in the early 1980s. Much of Sayle's humour is in the tradition of Spike Milligan and Monty Python, with riffs based on an absurd premise. His television comedy is notable for cynicism, intelligence and political awareness, although he also employs physical comedy. Sayle's trademark appearance is a shaved head, five o'clock shadow, and a suit that's a size or two too small.

Sayle was born and raised in Anfield, Liverpool, the son of an English railway worker and a Lithuanian pools clerk, both of whom were members of the Communist Party of Great Britain. In his stand-up comedy work, Sayle describes himself as being of Lithuanian Jewish extraction. In the aftermath of the May 1968 French uprising, he joined the Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist). He went to The Alsop High School in Walton. After leaving school, Sayle took a foundation course in art at Southport, before attending Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. He has been married to Linda Rawsthorn since 1974.

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