Show and Tell #17 - Alistair Barrie

Alistair Barrie
22 October 2017

Comedian, actor and writer Alistair Barrie is one of the most sought after performers on the international comedy circuit. He'll be performing at October Barnstormers gig.

He's a core member of The Cutting Edge team at London's Comedy Store and has made numerous radio and television appearances around the world. A regular at corporate events and festivals, he has taken seven solo shows to the Edinburgh Festival - his 2012 show 'Urban Fogey' and 2015 show 'No More Stage Three' were both runner up for best show at the Fringe in the Amused Moose Laughter Awards. He also appeared in the hit plays 'Breaker Morant' with Adam Hills and 'Coalition' with Phill Jupitus, which transferred to London after its Edinburgh run. He created and compered 'Bye George,' the comedians' farewell to George W. Bush, at the Southbank's Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2009. Alongside former Perrier nominee Nick Revell, between 2011 and 2015 Alistair co-produced, wrote and performed in 'No Pressure to be Funny,' a monthly topical show and podcast presented by LBC's James O'Brien, described by The Daily Telegraph as 'the fringe's answer to Question Time' and by The Observer as one of the top ten podcasts of 2015.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Think I just found it when my four day old daughter stopped shouting at me.

What lies at the heart of your own desire to write and perform standup comedy?
A deep and abiding sense of worthlessness that I need to tell everyone about in order to get paid for it.

Who’s your favourite comedian and why?
Well me, obviously. If I wasn’t around I wouldn’t be able to appreciate the other ones who are better than me.

Choose 1, 2 or 3 of your all-time favourite music tracks.
Blue Lines by Massive Attack. Fools me into thinking I can rap.

From your favourite poem – could you give us a few lines that mean something to you?
‘I did not know death had undone so many’  - The Wasteland. I think of it whenever I get caught on public transport in rush hour.

If you were to die and come back as a person, animal or a thing, what would it be?
A thing.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Right now, nappies.

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Love is the drug.

Which artwork/film/book has most inspired you?
Can’t give a finite answer to an infinite question.

Favourite website/blog?
No idea. Like the rest of the world I definitely do not spend too much time online.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Knowing me I didn’t listen.

Best recent read?
Best - Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. Recent - This questionnaire.

What is your final word?
I imagine I’ll just roll my eyes.