When police sergeant Alfie Moore entered a stand up comedy competition in 2007 he had no idea it would eventually lead to him swapping his truncheon for a microphone on a much more permanent basis!
The transition was smoother than most would suspect too with working nights and abuse from drunken strangers being just two of the things they held in common.
“[The jobs] are very similar in many ways,” he says. “You have to make an instant connection with people under pressure. You need them on board very quickly or things are going to go wrong.”
Support slots on Sarah Millican, Russell Kane and Milton Jones on their national comedy tours have brought him to a wider crowd as have appearances on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.
2014 saw Alfie sell out every night on his Edinburgh Fringe run which is virtually unheard of without years of TV exposure and his BBC Radio 4 comedy series ‘It’s A Fair Cop’ broadcast during July. Following exceptional feedback a second series has been commission and is due to air during summer 2015.
So, if you want to see Alfie in action buying a ticket would be a good idea or you could, of course, just commit a crime…