• Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar: Series 1-3

  • The BBC Radio 4 Comedy
  • By: Alexei Sayle
  • Narrated by: Alexei Sayle
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

All three series of Alexei Sayle’s hilarious stand-up and story-telling show.

The Godfather of alternative comedy, Alexei Sayle, mixes memoir and philosophy from behind the counter of his imaginary sandwich bar, serving up wit, wisdom and illusory baguettes as he muses on a multitude of topics.

In these 12 shows, he explores his impulse to pretend and his love of sandwiches, discusses his childhood in a communist household and his physical attraction to Boris Johnson, explains why he will never go on Strictly Come Dancing and draws a striking comparison between capitalism and all-you-can-eat buffets. He also reveals where all the Millets shops have gone, considers the appeal of Donald Trump, tells us how to get a cheap drink in the centre of Paris and recounts the difficulties he faced when tracking down his lost cat.

From considerations of ethics and political discussions to anecdotes about celebrities and tales of his family, his freewheeling flights of fancy and madcap monologues will make you laugh out loud. So why not drop into Alexei’s deli and listen in, as one of the leading lights of the foccacia revolution shares his weird and wonderful worldview.

Cast and credits

Written and performed by Alexei Sayle

With Jake Yapp, Nicholas Parsons, Paul Merton, Sean Baker and Ian Smith

With additional material from Liam Bearne, Sarah Campbell and Ben Partridge

Original music and lyrics by Tim Sutton

Produced by Joe Nunnery

Production Coordinator: Beverly Tagg

A BBC Studios production

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 15 November-6 December 2016 (Series 1), 9-30 November 2017 (Series 2), 12 September-3 October 2019 (Series 3)  

©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd trading as BBC Studios (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd trading as BBC Studios
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  • Brian
  • 03-10-21

Bloody hell, Alexei Sayle

If you're an Alexei Sayke fan, this is like having him directly injected into your veins

Absolute genius

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  • Spaceowl
  • 10-29-19

Spite, bile and invective - at no extra cost!

There's not many comedians who are still funny after over 40 years in the business, but Sayle is one of them.
Pin-sharp observations,surrealism and politics are combined in this collection of his most recent BBC radio shows. Absolutely hilarious but don't listen in public in case you make a prat out of yourself laughing out loud.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-25-22

Loved it :-)

Alexei at his best. I wasn’t too sure what to expect with this series but I wasn’t disappointed

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  • DR J BARRY
  • 03-27-22

Sandwich bar

Best thing I’ve listened to in a long time. Vintage Alexei Sayle. Go on spoil yourself.

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  • Amo
  • 02-15-22

Legend and legacy

Alexei is a genius. The more I listen, the more I laugh. This is brilliant.

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  • NEO
  • 07-19-21

stunningly good

here is my review..refreshing funny thought provoking from one of the uk s most mental comics..
yours a tory voter

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  • Jay tee
  • 07-12-21

Really good.

I'm no Marxist but always found Alexei funny. I think this is a long awaited sequel to his previous exploits.

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  • Mike
  • 07-01-21

A True Genius.

This is the master of alternative comedy doing what he does best, making us cry with laughter.
Perfectly scripted and brilliantly performed this is a joy to experience.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-21

A masterpiece of wit and humour.

This is one of the funniest things I have heard in years. Alexei shows how to do comedy properly. A delight from start to finish. Joyous.

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  • Lauri Sim
  • 06-05-21

Brechtian Comedy at its best

Alexei Sayle started telling people he ran a non existent sandwich shop years ago and now he invites the public in to enjoy his wares and tales of his childhood, comedy and politics in his own inimitable style.

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  • russ T nayle
  • 11-02-20

One of a kind

I’m old enough to remember Alexei on the young ones, he’s still as full of energy and mental as he ever was!
Just get it, if your an Audible member you can always give it back...... what have you got to lose!?!?

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  • New Bohemian
  • 02-26-20

Alexei at his best

Alexei at his best, the imaginary sandwich bar make you question all the unimaginative comedy you've been listening to recently!