Laughing policeman brings arresting comedy show to Diss
PUBLISHED: 10:07 05 March 2019
Copper turned comedian, former Detective Sergeant Alfie Moore is bringing his latest show to Diss for what should be an arresting journey through the art and science of murder investigation.
Getting Away With Murder features the star of BBC Radio 4 comedy show It’s A Fair Cop trademark blend of humour, practical policing experience and detailed knowledge of the law as he answers the questions ‘What makes a murderer?’ and ‘Why do they get caught…or not?’
Sheffield-born Alfie served an apprenticeship in the steelworks before joining the police in 1992, aged 24. In 2008, he began stand-up with a show at the Edinburgh Fringe, based on his years on the beat.
When he first embarked upon his stand-up career, he decided not to tell his audience that he was a serving policeman. “I wasn’t sure how it would go down with the audience or whether it would put a barrier up,” he recalls.
“Obviously, the main thing you want to do when you walk out is make that connection very quickly with the audience and get them onside. If you struggle to make that connection you are in trouble.”
It was only when he confided in other acts backstage about his 20-odd year long career choice that he decided to incorporate it into his routine. “They said: ‘you must use it, it is such a unique thing that no-one else is talking about.’”
And what a good decision that was, because contrary to what he thought would happen, the audience loved it.
He was still serving as a riot officer when, while on a career break from the police, he crafted his career into a stand-up show called I Predicted A Riot.
His subsequent four sell-out Edinburgh Fringe shows led to a his own Radio 4 series on which he brought a wealth of insights and plenty of comedy moments from his years on the beat.
Moore finds that his life experience working as part of the police force has helped no end when it comes to writing his comedy material.
“A lot of the stories just write themselves because of the bizarre situations you find yourself in.”
Some of it is risky, he admits, and he is surprised at the reactions of the audience to what he thinks is pretty macabre stuff – like the time he was called to the scene of a human head. “I thought it would be too dark to tell. A dog walker found a human head and he rang in. You think: ‘that’s not funny’ but, it’s a thing everybody talks about when they leave.”
“It begins with the fact that I couldn’t pronounce the head as dead – we had to send for a medical professional to tell us it was deceased. People probably don’t realise things like that happen. I thought it would be dark but audiences absolutely love it.”
• Alfie Moore – Getting Away With Murder is at Diss Corn Hall on March 9, 7.30pm, £14, 01379 652241, disscornhall.co.uk