By Tristan Harris 22/04 Updated: 23/04 16:47
THERE will be an arresting site at Bromsgrove's Artrix on April 24 when serving police officer and stand-up comedian Alfie Moore takes to the stage.
The star of ITV1's Show Me the Funny will be bringing 'I Predicted a Riot' to the venue as part of its 2012 tour, before it heads to the Edinburgh Festival.
Ironically, Alfie, who is a sergeant with Humberside Police, was going to take the show to last year's Edinburgh Festival, but was unable to because he could not get leave - it had all been cancelled because of the riots. It has meant, however, he has been able to write in some more material about last year's riots and some of the more humorous stories behind them, such as the thief who stole two right trainers.
Bizarrely, prior to his police career, Alfie was a steel worker, and shop steward, in Sheffield, when the mines were being closed.
"I've been both sides of the riot shield," he said.
His career in the force began with Lincolnshire Police, where he spent a lot of time walking the sea front at Skegness.
"Two things happen when you're policing the sea front - firstly, everyone who walks past you offers you a chip, and, secondly, mums always point in your direction and jokingly ask you to lock their kids up."
Alfie first got the idea of doing stand-up when his wife dragged him along to see a local comedy show.
"She saw me watching it and knew exactly what I was thinking - that it was something I wanted to try," he said.
After that he gave stand-up a try himself and, after getting into it, he loved it.
"I have tackled knife-wielding maniacs, but that's nowhere near as scary as when you first try stand-up."
After that, he improved and learnt a lot in a short space of time on Show Me The Funny, where he reached week five.
"That was tough, because we had to come up with five minutes of new material every single week and perform it to some very challenging audiences."
During his I Predicted a Riot show, as well as anecdotal material about being a police officer, Alfie will be taking a humorous look at riots throughout history, including the race riots in Bradford in 2001, which he had the task of policing, and one of the World's biggest ever disturbances, the Nika Riot in Ancient Rome in 532AD.
"That one was very similar to last year's riots here - Rome was skint and the emperor had to make some very tough austerity measures," he said.
There will also be an 'Ask Alfie' session where everyone will be able to ask questions.
"Everyone I speak to seems to have a question they want to ask a police officer and this gives them the chance to do just that."
He said a lot of people had preconceptions of police officers which, hopefully, he would help break down.
"And, of course, I'll also be giving out some crime prevention advice," he said. "Always make sure your doors and windows are locked and don't leave anything valuable in your car, like petrol."
Tickets for Alfie Moore's 'I Predicted a Riot', which is suitable for those 16 and over, are £12 (£10 concessions).
They are available by calling 01527 577330 or visiting www.artrix.co.uk
£1 from every ticket sold goes towards PC David Rathbone's Blue Lamp Foundation.
For more on Alfie Moore, visit www.alfiemoore.com or follow him on Twitter @alfiemoore
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