Barnstormers Comedy – October
Barnstormers Comedy returns to Ropery Hall Barton-upon-Humber with a cracking line-up.
After a short absence Barnstormers’ Compere resident host Kevin Precious will return once more- to introduce three more top acts from the National Comedy Circuit. On this occasion, he’ll be playing host to: hilarious cop turned stand-up, and star of Radio 4 Alfie Moore, Phil Jerrod, and Paul Pirie
Alfie is an original and distinctive comedian with his niche area as a former police sergeant. He came slightly later to comedy and brings a wealth of insights and comedy moments from his 18 years on the beat, where a keen sense of humour has been the key to his success and survival.
Born and raised on a council estate in Sheffield he was an apprentice in the steelworks before joining the Police where he has served for eighteen years, gathering a wealth of hilarious stories that you ‘just couldn’t make up’.
Alfie was inspired to take up stand-up comedy in 2007 after his first taste of live comedy at a local comedy club. He quickly became well and truly hooked and was soon performing regularly up and down the country.
He has an observational comedic style, which lends itself to witty, and sometimes gritty, anecdotes based on everyday modern policing. He also is an adept socio-political commentator and weaves this all together with his take on the ‘comedy gold’ of life.
He has six times written and performed his own one-man show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, including ‘I Predicted a Riot’ which he has toured nationally and his critically acclaimed show ‘Viva Alf’s Vegas’. In August 2014 he debuted his brand new stand-up show ‘The Naked Stun’ in Edinburgh where it was a total sell-out for the full Festival run.
His Edinburgh 2015 show ‘A Fair Cop Stands Up’ tells of his dismay at the systematic dismantling of what he considers to be the finest police force in the world sharing his hilarious plan to resuscitate the ever shrinking ‘thin blue blue’ and change the face of British policing for ever.
Alfie was one of the stars of ‘Show Me The Funny’ (ITV) and wrote and presented ‘Alfie Moore’s Almanac’ for BBC Radio. More recently he has been featured on The Wright Stuff (Channel 5), Comic Relief, Sky News, BBC Radio 4’s Idiots Guide to Crime and Punishment, BBC Look North, ITV Calendar, Bizarre Crime (BBC 3), and Confessions of a Police Officer (Channel 4). His BBC Radio 4 comedy series ‘It’s a Fair Cop’ was broadcast during July 2014. Following exceptional feedback a second series was commissioned and airs on Thursdays from 18th June 2015 in the coveted 6.30pm comedy slot.
In addition to his own tour shows Alfie performs at a select number of charity gig a year, including as a Patron of Western Park Hospital Cancer Charity. He also enjoys performing as part of a ‘mixed bill’ of comedians at good quality comedy clubs up and down the country.
‘A genuinely lovely, accomplished comic with a huge following both live and on the radio. Wonderful, warm, funny….. with thought-provoking stuff and real shocks’ Kate Copstick – The Scotsman
‘Alfie is so personable and so engaging that the audience love him’ – The Edinburgh Reporter
‘Offbeat, revealing and very funny’ – The Daily Mail
‘Lots of well-crafted jokes and a large dash of police gallows humour’ – The Telegraph
‘Genuinely funny, sharp observational comedy’ – Chortle
‘Definitely a talented comedian… very funny’ – Broadway Baby
‘Has a charm that makes him very watchable’ – One4Review
‘Strikingly original’ – Arts Desk
The first thing you notice about Phil Jerrod is the quite alarming amount of face-foliage that clings to his chin. You’d expect the possessor of a look like that to be an out-and-out comedy oddball, but it turns out that behind the beard is a more conventional kind of comic, albeit one whose instinctive mastery of his form immediately marks him out as one to watch. Jerrod’s humour is straightforwardly observational, dealing in stories about his middle-class background, his working life and, yes, his beard; stories that are immediately relatable, concerning subjects that are familiar go-tos for many young comics. What distinguishes him is the casual brilliance of his writing, rolling out inspired gags and exhibiting incredible fluency throughout.
His innovative stream-of-consciousness style, inspired by a harsh upbringing in the cruel and unforgiving conditions of middle-class rural Warwickshire, has seen him perform in clubs, arts centres and theatres all across the UK and helped build his reputation as having grown one of the largest beards in stand-up comedy.
He was nominated for the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Award 2014, and in 2013 was a semi-finalist in So You Think You’re Funny New Act of the Year Competition and a quarter finalist in the Amused Moose Laugh Off.
‘Casual brilliance’ – The Guardian
‘Insightful, despairing wit’ – The Scotsman
‘Razor sharp timing’ – Ed Fest Magazine
‘A very funny hour of stand-up’ – Broadway Baby
‘Definitely one to watch’ – The List
‘Made me genuinely laugh out loud’ – The Brighton Argus
Paul Pirie began his stand-up career after giving up acting to pursue the funny man that lies within, quickly establishing himself on the Scottish comedy circuit as long ago as 2004. It should be pointed out that at the time he was living with his Gran, having given away the keys to his flat in a pub quiz. Since this time Paul’s career has encompassed TV, Film and Radio alongside his burgeoning skill as a stand-up with Paul emerging as one of the biggest Scottish acts on the UK comedy circuit.
Paul has since had a consecutive succession of sell out shows at The Glasgow Comedy Festival and joined esteemed popular comedy-improv group Dance Monkey Boy, Dance! (also featuring Raymond Mearns), and has helped with the development of the group. In 2006 ‘The Boys’ caught the attention of BBC Radio who recorded the show at the Glasgow Comedy Festival and since then, Dance Monkey Boy, Dance! have gone on to work under the watchful eye of the BBC to develop regular radio shows.
Now living in Essex (where his better half keeps the keys), Paul Pirie is a unique, vibrant comedian who appears regularly at: The Comedy Club (venues nationwide), Fymfyg in London, Bristol Jesters, Komedia, Comedy Café, Big Night Out comedy clubs in and around London as well as The Stand in Glasgow and Edinburgh, plus many more.
‘A most impressive physical comedian’ – Chortle
‘A hilarious rubber faced clown’ – The Scotsman
‘Fizzing with energy and spewing out one-liners like he had just scoffed a dodgy prawn, Pirie is a man we will be seeing more of’ – Daily Record
‘Inherently funny Paul Pirie’ – Edinburgh Guide
Date of event:27th October 2017
8pm £10/£12 otd