Review: Alexei Sayle at The Public in West Bromwich

Liverpudlian comedian Alexei Sayle took audiences at The Public in West Bromwich by storm as he appeared at the venue last night as part of his first stand up tour in 16 years.

Comedian Alexei Sayle
Comedian Alexei Sayle

Test driving new material, the 60-year-old didn’t hold back in his energetic hour-long set at the iconic venue.

And audiences expecting his trademark ‘loudmouth” approach were not disappointed with his energetic performance, which was full of expletives, cynicism and politics.

Joking that he had founded “alternative comedy” Sayle looked so comfortable on the stand-up stage, it was as if he had never been gone.

His gutsy, confident delivery ran through a repertoire of expected subject matter such as his communist upbringing and Jewish roots, to his meeting with Labour leader Ed Miliband on the Andrew Marr Show and just why he used to bad mouth Ben Elton.

While even Children in Need and Comic Relief found themselves in the firing line.

The intimate venue was the perfect setting for the gig – a big coup for the New Street gallery - and a rapturous applause was enough to prove fans of Sayle were not disappointed.

By Lisa Wright

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