The UK’s Alistair Barrie has been headlining shows across the globe for over 15 years. A frequent performer at London’s world famous Comedy Store, he is also a core member of their topical ‘Cutting Edge’ team and a regular panelist on the BBC’s award-winning Breaking the News. He has twice been nominated for comedy awards at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where he also appeared in the hit play Breaker Morant with Adam Hills, Rhys Darby and Sammy J. He has hosted the main arena in the Baxter Theatre for a month at the Cape Town Comedy Festival and is a regular at Glastonbury, Bestival and the Green Man Festival amongst many others.
Alistair is appearing at Melbourne International Comedy Festival for the first time with his new show The InternationAL after a highly successful world tour of his last show No More Stage Three, which chronicled his wife’s diagnosis with and treatment for breast cancer (which was a lot funnier than that sounds).
After sell out runs at Edinburgh Fringe and Perth FRINGE WORLD, as well as performances as far afield as Norway and Athens, Alistair brought the show to Soho Theatre in London’s West End.
The InternationAL is the follow-up to No More Stage Three, taking a look at life after it’s been threatened, which now seems mostly to be the job of the President of the United States. Recent events have given this highly topical globe-trotting comedian (Alistair, not Donald,) plenty of ammunition. However this time it's personal for reasons that will become clear. It should also be a lot more more entertaining than Jaws IV, from which he has shamelessly pilfered that strapline.
‘An honest, rich rewarding delight… Barrie tickled the funny bone and warmed the heart. ★★★★' The West Australian
‘Properly smart comedy for grown ups. By a properly smart comic. ★★★★' The Scotsman
‘Eloquent, slick and dynamic, his hour positively flies by in a blur of opinions, flippancy and indignity. ★★★★' Chortle (UK)
‘Barrie’s analytical nous and store of snappy gags mark him out…Excellent.’ The Independent (UK)
‘A casually sardonic sense of humour… sharp as a guillotine blade.’ Cape Town Argus
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