Comedian, actor and writer Alistair Barrie is one of the most sought after performers on the international comedy circuit. He has performed at corporate events all over the world. He is able to tailor his performance to each individual company or event and as such is great demand both as a performer and MC.
Comedian, actor and writer Alistair Barrie is one of the most sought after performers on the international comedy circuit. He has performed at corporate events all over the world. He is able to tailor his performance to each individual company or event and as such is great demand both as a performer and MC. He has addressed multinational companies, international diplomats, Rotary Clubs, The British Council, rugby clubs, political party conferences and a huge range of awards ceremonies at venues as diverse as London Zoo to a private house in Athens to The Natural History Museum. Alistair is also one of the only comedians ever to have performed at both the Labour and Conservative Party conferences.
He has worked throughout the UK and Ireland, as well as further afield in the States, Australia, Switzerland, The Netherlands, South Africa, Estonia, Mumbai, The Channel Islands, Antibes, Cyprus, Crete, Luxembourg, Qatar, Belgium, Prague, Dubai, Doha, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Norway, Hong Kong, Macau, Malta, Singapore, Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur, Egypt, Afghanistan, Hungary and Athens, on a ship in the North Sea and at the world’s highest gig on top of a mountain in France.
Alistair is 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 – and 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 and has performed in some of the country’s most prestigious theatres including The Bloomsbury, Lyceum, Harold Pinter, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Oxford New Theatre and The Manchester Opera House. He has written for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, Radio 4 and a number of other comedians.
Alongside former Perrier nominee Nick Revell, Alistair co-produces, writes and performs in ‘No Pressure to be Funny,’ a monthly topical show and podcast presented by LBC’s James O’Brien, which was taken to Edinburgh in 2012 for a Festival special in association with Amnesty International. In January 2014 the show transferred from Soho Theatre to The Phoenix in Cavendish Square – the opening night was Critics’ Choice in The Guardian, Time Out and The Telegraph who described it as ‘the fringe’s answer to Question Time’.
Alistair also regularly reviews restaurants for his Food Ponce blog.Read more
Corporate Clients include AXA, British Council, Digitas, Indus, Labour Party, Sony, Orange, Computing Security Awards, Durham University, Forect and many more!Read more
‘Excellent’ – The Independent
‘One of the circuit’s classiest stand ups’
London is Funny
’Smart, slick and truly funny. Don’t take my word for it, check him out yourself’
Bruce Dessau, Beyond the Joke.
‘Alistair did a great job of presenting our event. With a fair amount of free booze going around, it was quite a dynamic room. His confidence and projection was very important in getting the information across.’
Library Music Awards
“Thank you for last night’s gig. I’m delighted we asked you to do it and grateful you took on the challenge. Sorry conditions weren’t perfect but thanks for overcoming various obstacles, I thought you handled it fantastically well. We had a great response and the roars of laughter and applause spoke for themselves.”
Simon Clark, Director – Forest.
“We recently hired Alistair to MC an important corporate awards evening for an audience of 200. Alistair was extremely impressive with some great tailored material, while creeping up to, but not overstepping the line for such an event. Many of the guests provided very positive feedback on Alistair and we definitely consider it money well spent. Thoroughly professional and a pleasure to work with”.
Duncan Meadows, AXA Insurance
“Alistair Barrie is a brilliant comedian and the proof lies in the response to the three shows Alistair has done in Stavanger. He just blew the crowd away, each time, with people laughing loudly through his whole routine. He has perfect timing and great acting skills. Together it all makes for success. Some comedians try to be funny – Alistair just IS funny. When I book Alistair I offer my customers a ‘money back guarantee’ – that`s how sure I am that he is the right man for the event”.
Per Vervik , corporate booker in Norway for clients including StatOil & Atea
“I booked Alistair Barrie for a London rugby club dinner in 2008. I explained to him that the event would not be stag but largely male, with a mixed age group from seventeen to seventy.He arrived and instantly understood his audience. After dinner, he provided a wonderful stand up evening, which was beautifully judged and very funny indeed. He didn’t need to be pointed in the right direction of suitable topics or people that might welcome the attention of his funny and largely innocent wit (well it was a rugby club), he knew instantly how to get the best from his audience and indeed the temperature of the material he provided. I would not hesitate to book Alistair again. Indeed, one of the attendees did book him for another event and was likewise suitably impressed with the evening.”
Chris Villiers, Old Carthusians RFC
“We produce ‘Childish Things’ for Helen & Douglas House which takes place each year at the New Theatre, Oxford. We have witnessed Bill Nighy singing ‘Love is All Around’ backed by Radiohead, Smithy dancing with Miranda, Rowan Atkinson was a surprise act one year and Jimmy Carr, Michael McIntyre and Rob Brydon are regulars. We were so grateful to Alistair Barrie for joining us last year and he went down a storm! He is our perfect Childish Things act – side-splittingly funny, never going too far, the sort of comedian who you can trust to take you on a good journey and not let you down! Al was so much fun to be around, he threw himself into the show from the moment he arrived and was happy to help with anything. Al gave 100% and we hope to persuade him back for 2014. Al we love you! “
Lizzie Pickering & Kate Day, Events managers, Helen & Douglas House
“Al has been our MC for over 6 years now at our annual Are you Taking the Peace? series at both the Comedy Store and the Bloomsbury Theatre. He is not only highly professional and superb at his craft but we take his advice on everything from order of play to comedian selection. His performance is always cited as the most enjoyable and he has seamlessly delivered his own act as well as introduced others. It is quite obvious that his fellow comedians hold him in as high regard as we do. He will hold any gig together and has never failed to whip up the fervour the evening deserves!”
Tanya Hassan, Head of Unrestricted Fundraising, International Alert.