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Phoenix Lazarus

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Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« on: July 16, 2019, 05:57:37 PM »
Did anyone else remember this and like it-or not like it?

Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2019, 06:08:47 PM »
Good this, liked it less when Linehan and Matthews took over the writing gig though.


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Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2019, 06:28:16 PM »
All his shows were magical but this probably the pinnacle.

Well the one with Egbert and Bill

Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2019, 06:47:03 PM »
It's brilliant.  Here's a taster.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RE8b_e16brc

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Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2019, 07:03:31 PM »
It was The Alexei Sayle show with Egbert & Bill, wasn’t it... the one after this and before merry go-round?

Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2019, 07:24:06 PM »
Was 1990 the final series of Stuff?
Not as good as s1 and 2, but still a great show.

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Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2019, 07:53:58 PM »
All three series of Stuff are magical to me.

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Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2019, 08:34:09 PM »
It was The Alexei Sayle show with Egbert & Bill, wasn’t it... the one after this and before merry go-round?
The All New Alexei Sayle Show.

can't for the life of me remember which one of his seriesesesssseseseses did William Rees-Mogg now. was it All New or Stuff?

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Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2019, 08:50:30 PM »

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Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2019, 11:28:11 PM »
here's the first time Peter "A Kick Up The Eighties" Capaldi did time travel. those titles have stuck with me all this time

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Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2019, 06:21:36 AM »
Remember that send-up of the Mickey Mouse Club, with Alexi dancing with Mickey Mouse ears amidst kids, to a song which contains the  lyrics 'he is a big fat bastard'?

Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2019, 06:35:13 AM »
Blatant Monty Python rip off ( replete with  Deayton's ersatz Cleese ).

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Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2019, 08:37:10 AM »
Remember that send-up of the Mickey Mouse Club, with Alexi dancing with Mickey Mouse ears amidst kids, to a song which contains the  lyrics 'he is a big fat bastard'?

That's at the beginning of the clip Darles Chickens posted upthread.

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Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2019, 11:01:07 AM »
RIP Comedy Chat

Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2019, 11:10:50 AM »
Couldn't stand what I've seen of Stuff. As far as I could tell it contained one joke, which involved juxtaposing something very intellectual and highbrow with something philistine, just reworded dozens of times.

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Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #16 on: July 17, 2019, 11:17:48 AM »
Stuff was fantastic.
The All-New Show was very good.
I didn’t get on with Merry-Go-Round much at the time, but I think I’d like it more now.

He’s doing a third series on Radio 4 of his Imaginary Sandwich Bar. It’s a very good listen and I really recommend it.

Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #17 on: July 17, 2019, 01:36:52 PM »
Merry Go Round is for the most part more intellectually amusing than laugh out loud funny. The main problem with it is the rants are written like a humorous newspaper column rather than having real passion behind them as you would get in Alexei's earlier work. Oh and the theme song is probably the most annoying of any comedy series ever. Directed by Edgar Wright so visually the actual sketches are quite inventive in style.

Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #18 on: July 17, 2019, 01:47:20 PM »
I remember Bobby Chariot featuring too heavily in Merry-Go-Round, although I remember being very fond of the first episode, even if the others are pretty much a mental blur.

Was I missing the point of Bobby Chariot?  It seemed like total padding material to me; an excuse to crowbar in low-quality material, the joke being that... it's low-quality material?  I don't get it.  And the character wasn't lovable enough to instil any sense of pathos.

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Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #19 on: July 17, 2019, 01:49:16 PM »
Oh and the theme song is probably the most annoying of any comedy series ever.

I love it. That opening makes me laugh every time

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Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #20 on: July 17, 2019, 02:58:59 PM »
I love it. That opening makes me laugh every time

the glockenspiel version that got used as incidental was sublime. Wish I could find a clean, full version

Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #21 on: July 17, 2019, 04:08:11 PM »
I remember Bobby Chariot featuring too heavily in Merry-Go-Round, although I remember being very fond of the first episode, even if the others are pretty much a mental blur.

Was I missing the point of Bobby Chariot?  It seemed like total padding material to me; an excuse to crowbar in low-quality material, the joke being that... it's low-quality material?  I don't get it.  And the character wasn't lovable enough to instil any sense of pathos.

I loved Bobby Chariot.
Maybe my favourite thing on any of Alexei's TV shows.

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Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #22 on: July 17, 2019, 04:10:14 PM »
I remember Bobby Chariot featuring too heavily in Merry-Go-Round, although I remember being very fond of the first episode, even if the others are pretty much a mental blur.

Was I missing the point of Bobby Chariot?  It seemed like total padding material to me; an excuse to crowbar in low-quality material, the joke being that... it's low-quality material?  I don't get it.  And the character wasn't lovable enough to instil any sense of pathos.

I think the pathos occurred in the very final Chariot where he was alone in the studio, iirc.

Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #23 on: July 17, 2019, 04:46:07 PM »
In the very final Chariot, he's doing a great gig at a hospital or somewhere, when a pilot decides to suicide-crash the plane into the venue.

[file under: things you probably couldn't make jokes about any more]

Edit: I found the clip here - it was in a student union bar.  Seeing it again, the ending was whimsical and a silly take on disaster striking just as everything seems to be working out; but the horrors it evokes now, having happened for real just a few years back...  The world didn't seem so fucked up in the late 90s...
« Last Edit: July 17, 2019, 05:02:19 PM by Darles Chickens »

Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #24 on: July 17, 2019, 06:26:02 PM »
Couldn't stand what I've seen of Stuff. As far as I could tell it contained one joke, which involved juxtaposing something very intellectual and highbrow with something philistine, just reworded dozens of times.

...an' e's a fat bastard an' all. Probably start on about lizards in a minute. Let's nick 'im.

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Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #25 on: July 17, 2019, 06:29:22 PM »
The theme tune to All New is brilliant, as are the titles.

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Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #26 on: July 17, 2019, 06:36:00 PM »
. Oh and the theme song is probably the most annoying of any comedy series ever.
It's a cover version of a song by Wild Man Fischer, a Sunset Strip busker with serious mental health issues who made an LP with Frank Zappa in the late '60s. What the hell do they teach you kids in school these days?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHqR1Rql5r8

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Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #27 on: July 17, 2019, 07:04:43 PM »
I liked how in Stuff, the sketches seemed to be filmed before a studio audience, but the stand-up bits were all done on location and presumably shown to the audience for laugh reactions, pretty much the opposite of how a show like this would normally be made. I wonder how they came to that decision - did Alexei feel less than confident about getting big laughs with the monologues or was he just being different and original? Anyway, at the point it was shown, I don't think I'd ever seen anything as funny as "Steamboat Fatty", or the Juliet Bravo fake ending. Dying laughing.  The All New Alexei Sayle Show and Merry Go Round were definite drops in quality but the Marshall/Renwick stuff holds up brilliantly I reckon.

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Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #28 on: July 17, 2019, 07:17:52 PM »

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Re: Alexi Sayle, 1990 TV series
« Reply #29 on: July 18, 2019, 12:22:52 AM »
here's the first time Peter "A Kick Up The Eighties" Capaldi did time travel. those titles have stuck with me all this time

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