Alexei Sayle on Tour at The Lowry Review

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Reviewed by Louise Totton

Seeing as this is his first stand-up tour in 17 years, and much of what used to form the basis of his very particular brand of political humour is no longer current, I really wasn’t sure what to expect from Alexei Sayle’s routine.

It has to be said though, that aside from the missing over-tight grey suit, not a great deal has changed. His Liverpudlian, socialist roots shone through, and he managed to have a good pop and pretty much all of the main political players, including a particularly funny piece on Ed Milliband.

It seemed that most of the audience would have remembered Alexei from the 80s and 90s, and judging from their reactions and laughter, they got exactly what they wanted from his performance. My husband, a long time Sayle fan, enjoyed the performance immensely. Not being such a keen fan myself, I didn’t find myself lost in the raucous laughter that a good number of the audience did, but I still enjoyed the performance greatly.

Speaking to my husband about it afterwards, he had a fabulous evening, but felt it much more suited to a lad’s night out than an evening with ‘the wife’.

Rating: 4/5

Alexei Sayle is currently on tour until 8 November 2013. For more details or to book tickets click here.

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