The shortlisted TV and radio shows for the Comedy.co.uk Awards 2018 have been announced. 60 programmes are now in the running for the Comedy Of The Year title.British Comedy Guide, 21st January 2019
If you really have had quite enough of politics, thank you, then Alfie Moore, police officer and standup comedian, has a new Radio 4 series of his show It's a Fair Cop. It's really good. In front of a live audience, Moore goes through a real life policing situation, and asks people what they think he should have done. Fascinating and funny, and weirdly life-affirming.Miranda Sawyer, The Guardian, 11th June 2017
He said: "I am absolutely delighted that the BBC now considers me a 'luvvie' and has recommissioned six more episodes."Scunthorpe Telegraph, 31st August 2014
One of the biggest decisions an up-and-coming stand-up comedian can make is to give up the day job and concentrate on performing. It means farewell to the career as a teacher (Greg Davies), doctor (Harry Hill) or sales rep (John Bishop) and suggests a belief that a job telling jokes is going to pay the mortgage instead.
Alfie Moore spent 18 years on the Humberside police force before he turned to stand-up comedy, but if It's a Fair Cop - his first series for BBC Radio 4 - is anything to go by, it was definitely the right move.
The formula for the show is that Moore swears his audience in as police officers for one night, and takes them through a real-life scenario to see what kind of decisions they would make in the same circumstances. Theft was the theme of the first instalment, with the focus on 80-year-old Maureen and a stolen tin of salmon.
This approach was clever because the laughs, and there were plenty of them, came from two different directions. For a start, there was Moore's great patter, in which he managed to mock his previous profession at the same time as demonstrating a deep respect for it. Plus his rapport with the audience/temporary officers ("Don't do the crime if you can't do the time," said one less than sympathetic volunteer) was equally entertaining.Lisa Martland, The Stage, 10th July 2014