Alistair Barrie

Comedian Profile

TV/Radio Appearances: ‘The World Stands Up’ (Paramount / BBC America), , ‘Loose Ends’ (Radio 4),  ‘The Sandi Toksvig Show’ (LBC)

Actor and comedian Alistair Barrie has been performing professionally for nearly an entire century: this one. Much in demand as both a headline act and MC, he has played all over the UK and Ireland, as well as further afield including the States, Australia, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Prague, Dubai, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Norway, Hong Kong, Macau, Malta, Cyprus, Singapore, Bahrain, Indonesia, Mumbai, Athens (during riot season) and the middle of the North Sea.

Alistair has performed four solo shows at the Edinburgh Festival all of which received critical acclaim. He also performed in ‘Breaker Morant’ at the festival opposite triple Perrier nominee Adam Hills and if.comeddie winner Brendon Burns. Other festivals he has appeared at include The Cape Town Comedy Festival, Reading, Leeds, Guilfest, The Big Chill and Latitude. He has also headlined James Campbell’s Comedy Club 4 Kids at both The Arts Theatre in London’s West End and The Soho Theatre where he additionally appeared alongside Andy Zaltzman in ‘Political Animal’.

In tandem with his frequent globetrotting, Alistair is a regular team member of ‘The Cutting Edge’ – the weekly satirical and topical show at London’s Comedy Store, and is the creator and regular performer of ‘No Pressure To Be Funny’ ““ a topical panel show hosted by LBC’s James O’Brien, featuring guests from the worlds of comedy, politics, media, charity and music.
TV and radio credits include ‘The World Stands Up’ (Paramount / BBC America), ‘Champagne Comedy’ (Channel 12 Australia) ‘Richard and Judy’ (Channel 4), ‘The Blame Game’ (BBC Ulster & Radio Ulster), ‘Loose Ends’ (Radio 4), ‘Spanking New’ on 7 with Robin Ince (BBC 7), ‘The Sandi Toksvig Show’ (LBC), ‘No Signal’ (Sky 1), ‘Good Morning South Africa’ (SABC1), ‘Nuts TV’, ‘Flipside TV’ and a few E4 idents. In addition, Alistair appears regularly as a pundit type thing on BBC and Sky News and has also worked as warm up for ‘Friday Night with Jonathan Ross’, ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ and ‘Shoot The Messenger’.

As an actor Alistair trained at the highly respected Poor School and has he appeared in ‘The Knock’ (BBC2) ‘Green Wing’ (Channel 4) ‘Absolutely True’ (Channel 4) ‘Spindrift’ (Indica Films/BFI) and ‘A Little Rain Must Fall’ (Mynfel Films). However, all of this pales into insignificance when compared with the fact that he was also in the Queen Vic in Eastenders when Tiffany found out Grant was shagging her mum!

Alistair is always in great demand on the corporate circuit as both an MC and comedian and recent highlights include his first ever performance at a rugby club (he survived) and a trip to Norway to perform in front of a huge screen with him on it…which was nice.

Other recent highlights include organising and compering ‘BYE GEORGE’, the comedians’ farewell to George Dubya Bush at the Southbank Centre performing alongside Rory Bremner, Mark Thomas and Marcus Brigstocke. Performing for ‘International Alert’ at the Bloomsbury Theatre with Simon Amstell, Stephen Merchant and Stewart Lee and performing in ‘OrangAid’ at the Lyceum Theatre with Bill Bailey and Tim Minchin.