UPDATE: Reviewed in Auckland - May 2019 by The Speakeasy
"Barrie is an absolute pro. Years spent on the international comedy circuit meant that he has developed a keen ability to read the room – knowing exactly when to work the crowd, dip into his pre-prepared material, or deviate completely on a flight of fancy. He had complete mastery of the stage, leaving the audience in hysterics while he glided from rye observation, to charming anecdote, to incisive social commentary with ease."
Alistair Barrie is one of the top headliners on the international comedy circuit.
He has performed in over 40 countries including acclaimed performances in Australia, Cape Town, Mumbai and the legendary Comedy Cellar in New York.
He is a regular at London’s world-famous Comedy Store and a core member of their weekly topical ‘Cutting Edge’ team. He has made countless appearances at UK Festivals including Glastonbury, Latitude, Bestival and Green Man and taken several solo shows to Edinburgh.
His 2013 and 2015 shows were runners up for ‘Best Show at The Fringe’ with the latter transferring to Australia for Perth FringeWorld and then London for a run at The Soho Theatre.
His latest show, ‘The InternationAL’ premiered at the Melbourne Comedy Festival before going on to receive a coveted five star review in The Scotsman who also made it one of their top ten comedy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and called him ‘A no frills master of his art.’
A seasoned performer at corporate events, Alistair is a highly skilled MC and awards host.
He has worked across the industry for clients as varied as Sony, AXA Insurance and UBS. He is possibly the only comedian to have performed at both the Labour Party and Conservative Party conferences.
Alistair is a frequent panelist on BBC Scotland’s award-winning ‘Breaking the News’ and has appeared on radio and television all over the world, from ‘Good Morning South Africa’ to ‘The Blame Game’ in Northern Ireland. He has also written for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and a number of other comedians, as well as keeping a regular blog, ‘Food Ponce’ about restaurants he visits on his travels.
‘A no frills master of his craft' - ***** - The Scotsman
‘An inheritor of the splenetic mantle of the great 80s alternative comedians’ - The Guardian
‘An honest, rich, rewarding delight’ - The West Australian
‘Sharp as a guillotine blade’ - Cape Town Argus