Sergeant turned stand-up to show force's funny side

Malvern Gazette: Alfie Moore Alfie Moore

A POLICE sergeant turned stand-up is bringing his comedy beat to Worcester next weekend.

Alife Moore spent 18 years with Humberside Police Force but since hanging up his helmet and becoming a full-time comic he has stormed the Edinburgh festival with hit shows in 2012 and 2013.

His latest tour, the Naked Stun, takes front-line policing to the Huntingdon Hall on Saturday, May 3 and Alfie says the two careers are "surprisingly similar" due to the pressurised environment of both worlds.

"You turn up and you need to make a connection very quickly.

"Being a comedian it is almost identical. Those first couple of minutes are crucial because you are grafting and fighting to make a connection."

Though, he says having a stab vest on stage could come in handy every now and again if faced with a tough audience.

On stage he reveals everything from the mundane to the macabre, recounting the continually bizarre but always humorous experiences of a modern copper.

"People seem to be intrigued by it and people find it interesting. I started off by not mentioning the police but Rhod Gilbert said 'you really need to talk about that', so I started to base my comedy around it."

He shares all sorts of real life tales from his time with the boys in blue, with a speciality for dark subject matter including the time he encountered a severed head but wasn't allowed to pronounce it dead by law.

The working-class copper also revels in being able to lift the lid on what the police is really like because he believes there is a perception the force is a "little secretive".

"I think people find it refreshing someone is open, honest and upfront about and talks about what it's really like."

Alfie was one of the stars of Show Me the Funny on ITV and his new BBC Radio Four series, It’s a Fair Cop, is set to be broadcast over the summer.

The show starts at 8pm and tickets are £12.

For more information and tickets, go to worcesterlive.co.uk or call the box office on 01905 611427.

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