Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Alfie Moore: A Fair Cop Stands Up, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick.
Alfie Moore is fast approaching Decision Time. He will have to decide whether to return to the police force after a sabbatical that has seen him go from ITV’s Show Me The Funny to becoming a genuinely lovely, accomplished comic with a huge following both live and on the radio. If he goes back then he will be the best thing to happen to the force since Robert Peel. But I hope he stays.
His hour is a wonderful, warm, funny thing, mined with thought-provoking stuff and real shocks. Moore, in his own genial way, is a political heavyweight. He gives us conspiracy theory, corruption at high levels and the truth about the systematic dismantling of a body that we really won’t notice has gone till we have a knife in our chest and a bloke from G4S has an invoice in his hand.
Moore is looking at the accusations levelled at the police force – corruption, institutional racism, violence – and laying out cases both for prosecution and defence. And while he frequently argues with passion from principle, he speaks from experience as a copper. A good copper who loves the force, but not unconditionally. We learn how Top Cops Don’t Say Sorry and how the last Labour government got those Top Cops to help massage crime figures.
Other than finding out that he took free chippy sauce on a regular basis from a chip shop on his beat, Moore’s revelations are so appalling they are funny, but scary because they are true. CCTV and electric cars, sponge hand jobs and instant justice are here, but let Moore tell you about the Superintendant’s Direct Entry Scheme and see if it doesn’t take your mind right off the problems of the NHS.
Assembly George Square Studios (Venue 17) until 31 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 22 August 2015
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