A case of Carry On Sergeant

Former Humberside police officer Alfie Moore, from Scunthorpe, who is taking a break from life on the beat to try his hand at stand-up comedy. PICTURE: TERRY CARROTT

Former Humberside police officer Alfie Moore, from Scunthorpe, who is taking a break from life on the beat to try his hand at stand-up comedy. PICTURE: TERRY CARROTT

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A couple of years ago police sergeant-turned-stand-up-comedian Alfie Moore had to make a career decision after his appearance on ITV’s Show Me the Funny earned him the offer of a contract with a leading comedy agency.

“I had just passed my inspector’s exams and I asked my wife whether she wanted me to continue in the police with a big salary increase that comes with promotion and a good pension or in my forties to be going round the country sleeping on settees with no discernible income,” he recounts.

Fortunately, she gave the answer he was hoping for and now his comedy career seems to be really taking off (although he has the option of remaining on sabbatical from Humberside Police for two more years).

Next Wednesday the Sheffield-born comic is back in his home city for a preview of his new Edinburgh Festival show, The Naked Stun, at a special fund-raiser for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity at the Niagara Centre.

Before heading up to the Edinburgh Festival in August for the third time, he has his own show, It’s a Fair Cop, running on BBC Radio Four.

“It’s an audience interactive show based around a moral dilemma,” he explains.”I set up a real-life case with different dilemma points and ask members of the audience what they would do.

“It’s really exciting because they have given me the 6.30pm slot which is unusual for a first-timer. It attracts an audience of over two million.”

His performance in aid of Weston Park grew from his involvement in the yearly comedy event, Funny Business in which Sheffield executives try their hand at stand-up.

There’s also a personal connection. “The treatment my grandmother received at Weston Park after she was diagnosed with stomach cancer was outstanding and she defied the odds, living to a ripe old age, for which all of the family remain very grateful.”

Alfie Moore grew up in Wisewood and worked in Sheffield industry, latterly at Davy McKee at Darnall, but left the city when he was 24.

“The recession had hit and I was bored really and decided to try something new and joined the Lincolnshire Police,” he explains.

His police experience has proved the bedrock of his comedy though when he started doing comedy he never mentioned the day job until fellow comic Rhod Gilbert told him he was mad not to use it.

“‘Every comic has to have a hook,’ he said and he was right and that seems to be what people want to hear. I’m amazed where I’ve got to in only six and a half years,” he says. “People think that a middle-aged copper from Scunthorpe will be a working men’s club old school comic and it’s nice to be able to please them and show you have something to say.”

Tickets for The Naked Stun are £7 via Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity It’s a Fair Cop is on Radio 4 on July 8, 15 and 22.