How To Turn Work Stories Into Award-winning Comedy
Former police officer Alfie Moore brings his stand-up comedy back to Yorkshire
We often dismiss the multitude of talent shows that have taken over Saturday night TV but when one takes a man from the police service and sees him support stand-up comedians such as Sarah Millican, well you have to take notice.
This is the story of Alfie Moore, long time police officer for Humberside, now award winning comedian and writer. Alfie Moore is coming to Yorkshire this April, performing at the Settle Stories Festival. This is made all the more exciting by his continued on stage success. Fresh from a sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe, Alfie brings his show 'The Naked Stun' back to Yorkshire where it all began.
A story festival is the perfect fit for Alfie Moore's stand-up which grew from the interesting and sometimes bizarre experiences of 18 years in the police force. Alfie's talent is finding the hilarious and feeding our fascination with the inner workings of law-enforcement. However, respect and admiration for the work that his former colleagues continue to do remains integral to his performance and identity in the public eye. Needless to say he has the support of current and former police - with stories of their own - but it's continued support from the BBC which has made him an emerging name in UK comedy.
We caught up with Alfie during his UK tour to find out more about his incredible journey of the last few years.
How long have you been doing stand-up comedy? How did you get into it initially?
Just over 8 years. First time I performed was when I entered a new act stand-up competition and got through to the final stages which gave me the encouragement to think I might be onto something.
Settle Stories Festival will be a small venue; will this affect your performance and material?
I definitely don't think stadium tours are the best format for stand-up. I think intimate venues are perfect as they create a great atmosphere and allow you to interact with the audience much more than if you were on a high stage in a bigger theatre.
How about radio, does it differ from live shows?
Well my 'It's A Fair Cop' BBC Radio 4 show is recorded live at a 300 seat theatre and so it's the same energy and buzz that you'd get from a regular live theatre show.
It's a great feeling when the live shows go well but I'd have to say that the radio show is more significant to my profile as I know that a lot of people will hear it when it airs. I was very fortunate that the BBC gave me the prime 6.30pm slot which goes out to an average audience of 1.4million and so suddenly a lot of people know who you are which leads to other opportunities.
Storytelling plays a huge role in your work, lots of the other performers use fiction and make-believe in their work but yours revolves around real events. Is every story based on a real event or do you take artistic liberties?
Definitely the vast majority of what I talk about has actually happened. I'm very fortunate to have been a police officer for all those years. Not just because it was a very exciting and rewarding career but also because it gave me so much material to work with. If I'd been a plumber, me telling stories about 12mm copper pipe probably wouldn't have been as interesting...
Why do you think stand-up comedy about the justice system/police is so popular and well-received in the UK?
I think policing is just one of those subjects that people find intriguing that's why police TV shows and copumentaries are so popular. People want to know the quirky and interesting facts - the inside story, and I can give them that.
You've supported some really big names now, who has been your favourite comedian to support?
I think Russell Kane is extremely talented and I don't think we've seen the best of him yet.
I have to ask: do you plan on returning to the police in the future?
I honestly don't know. I'm a big fan of our boys and girls in blue and still believe quite passionately that we have the finest police service in the world. They are having a really tough time with the public sector cuts at the moment and I still think that I could contribute in a positive way. If the right role came up and it was logistically doable I'd certainly consider going back for a while in some capacity.
See Alfie Moore's show 'The Naked Stun' at the Settle Stories Festival on Friday 1st April at 7.15pm in Settle Victoria Hall.
Tickets & Info: http://settlestories.org.uk/Naked-Stun
Written by Melissa Neall
How To Turn Work Stories Into Award-winning Comedy, 12th March 2016, 18:00 PM