Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Alfie Moore: Viva Alf’s Vegas at the Pleasance Courtyard (venue 33), reviewed by Kate Copstick
Alfie Moore wasn’t dealt the best hand the night I saw the show: belting rain, tiny audience, chatty staff and technical cues that came up rather in the manner of numbers on a roulette wheel.
Alfie is a compulsive gambler. Maybe that is why he let me in on a first preview. It will be a beautifully structured mini-rollercoaster of a show. His stories of playing for sherbet dabs aged eight, Rex the Goldfish, his dad’s Vegas Fund, his first winning horse and losing everything from granny’s savings to his honeymoon money are all linked with well-researched and pretty shocking statistics on gambling, political polemic and a great deal of genuine heart.
Moore is never afraid of generating a conversational intimacy that means the laughs don’t come thick and fast. But that really does not matter. It is his style. It leaves you time to think about the important stuff he says. It makes for a show you do not want to end – and very few comics create that.
I know there are only three stars, but I believe that by the time you see the show, Alfie will have turned them into four.
MORE INFO: Viva Alf’s Vegas is at the Pleasance Courtyard
Originally published in The Scotsman