Alfie Moore: Who do you think you are?
Edinburgh Festival Fringe guest blog: Alfie Moore, who is taking a career break from his job as a police officer to do stand-up comedy at the Fringe, writes about being recognised around town.
You know you’re breaking through in this industry when you start to get recognised everywhere you go. This is exactly what it’s been like for me at the Edinburgh Festival this year.
It started in the third show of my run. I was ten minutes into the performance when the door opened and two women entered and made their way to some empty seats on the front row. I’m sure they were doing their best to be discreet but it did sort of feel like the Changing of the Guard with the horses wearing stilettos and auditioning for Riverdance.
To be fair they soon settled and seemed to be listening for the next ten minutes – before they started to get a little restless. One began to whisper to the other prompting me to ask “is everything alright?” To which one of the ladies responded, “I think we’re in the wrong show. You’re not Claudia are you?” After confirming I wasn’t, they surreptitiously Riverdanced out again.
The second occasion I was recognised was a few days later en route to the Royal Mile to do some flyering and wearing a t-shirt displaying the words ‘Please Ask Me About My Show’. I became aware of a chap staggering towards me carrying a can of strong lager and looking a little worse for wear. As he approached within a few feet he suddenly stopped in his tracks, looked at my t-shirt, focused on my face with squinty eyes and his Scottish voice slurrily bellowed, “Yoo’re Ian Botham aren’t ye?!” In a bid to avoid conflict I confirmed I was and continued on my way.
During the third week of the festival I was invited as a guest on a podcast and interviewed about my police career and my transition into stand-up comedy. After the recording I shook hands with an American comedian who had also performed on the show and told him how much I had enjoyed his set. He replied, “Gee thanks real pleasure to meet you and I loved the Hot Fuzz movie.”