Dream it and do it!

Cop turned comedian Alfie Moore returns to Settle

What do you really want to do with your life? If money were no object, what would you do? Write a novel, travel the world, start your own company? Many of us dismiss such dreams as indulgent fantasies. After all, with so many challenges in the here and now, the idea of dreaming about the future may seem pointless, even decadent!

You may start with a desire for an expensive car, an island paradise or a more shapely physique. But to make your dream work full-time, you must mine beneath that appealing surface.

Alfie Moore dreamt it and is now living his dream.  He is an English police officer, writer, stand-up comedian and radio performer. He is on a career break from the police. Moore spent eighteen years on the Humberside Police force before turning to stand-up comedy… living the dream! Alfie himself uses his career as a police officer using stories to inspire him as a comedian and through his comedy telling stories!

Moore first appeared on the ITV show Show Me the Funny hosted by Jason Manford and has since appeared as guests on The Wright Stuff, Sky Newspaper Review, Comic Relief, ITV News Calendar and Look North!

Moore has taken 4 shows to Edinburgh Festival. In 2012 I Predicted a Riot and 2013 Viva Alf's Vegas with Phil McIntyre Ents as Promoter, and in 2014 The Naked Stun with Mick Perrin Worldwide as Promoter which sold out for 25 nights and was awarded the Edinburgh Fringe laurel for a sell-out show. Moore's 2015 Edinburgh Festival show is called Alfie Moore - A Fair Cop Stands Up.

This May, Alfie Moore is returning to Settle Stories after a fantastic performance at the 2016 Settle Stories Festival. He's an interactive work in progress 'It's a Fair Cop' ahead of his recording the new series of his critically acclaimed BBC Radio 4 comedy show. We caught up with Alfie to find out a little more about him ahead of his visit.

Q - Why did you go on a break?

A - I took a career break from policing as I wanted to test if a full-time career in writing and performing was viable.

Q - When did you recognise your talent for stand-up comedy?

A – I’ve always had a healthy sense of humour but the first time I actually realised it could have potential was when I got married in 2005. After delivering the groom’s speech, three people came over to tell me that it was the funniest speech that they’d ever heard, which made me think ‘hmm there might be something in this comedy lark’

Q - What inspired you?

A - Well in view of my last answer I suppose I’ll say ‘my wife!’

Q - Who is your comedy idol?

A – I’m a big fan of Lee Mack and David Mitchell. They have very sharp minds and always make me laugh.

Q - What’s your most embarrassing moment to have happened during a performance?

A – Telling the audience of Brighton that it was a fantastic place and they were a delightful audience. Unfortunately, I wasn’t in Brighton I was actually in Bournemouth! (Sometimes if you’re busy touring you stand on stage and completely forget where you are)   

Q - What did your family think of your choices to stand-up comedy?

A – My wife has been brilliantly supportive and very brave allowing me to move away from the financial security of a police career. My brother, Steve, probably thinks I’m a bit balmy. Sadly, my Father big Alf, passed away before I ever did my first gig. It’s one of my big regrets that he never saw me perform, I think he would’ve been very proud.

Q - What is your key goal?

A – My main goal will always be to keep writing and producing high quality material and to continue to respect and appreciate my audience for their loyalty and support.

Q - Do you ever see yourself failing?

A – Absolutely! Play-safe comedians that never take risks are generic and boring. Comedy is a powerful voice - I believe you should have attitude, opinion, and something meaningful to say. Taking chances means that you are bound to fail sometimes, that’s just the nature of the business, but definitely a risk worth taking.

Q - If you could go back and ask your younger self what career path you would take, what do you think the answer would be?

A - I have a competitive streak and so I would’ve hoped to be a professional sports person but never found anything sporty I had a natural flare for. A police officer would have been pretty high on my younger self bucket list. As it’s worked out stand-up covers the lot – I can be creative, competitive, and I still get my adrenalin surge on tap.

Don't miss Alfie perform in Settle at the Joinery on Sat 26th May.