Laughing policeman on ITV talent show

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WE’VE all heard of the laughing policeman...Now we’re set to hear from a policeman who makes us laugh - hopefully.

Sheffield-born bobby Alfie Moore is by day a serving officer on the Humberside Constabulary.

But at night he’s a comedian - not a blue comedian you understand, more a comedian normally found in blue.

And he uses his experiences as a copper to for the basis of his comedy routine.

You can see him when he makes his TV bow at 9pm on Monday in ITV1’s seven-part reality series to find the next stand-up superstar.

Show Me The Funny, hosted by Jason Manford, features 10 comedians who will battle it out to win an amazing £100,000 prize, a UK tour and a DVD to be released at Christmas.

Over six gruelling weeks, the funnymen - and women - will be sent to all corners of the country and tasked with various challenges, with the winners deciding the running order of that week’s gig.

The series will culminate in a live final where the remaining comedians will play to the biggest audience of their careers at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, in front of a 3,000 strong audience and millions of voting viewers at home.

Alfie, aged 47, who was born in Brightside, grew up in Hillsborough and whose dad Alf owned Barrets Hall Engineering in Neepsend, said: “The general perception is that cops take themselves too seriously and are too stuck-up and secretive.

“But if they see a copper who can laugh at himself and his organisation, that could do a lot of good.

Alfie recalls how he would sit in his bedroom on Hillsborough Road and listen to the crowds roaring Wednesday on.

At 16 he became an apprentice at Davey Lowey but at 24 quit to become a policeman and moved to Scunthorpe to join what was then the Lincolnshire force.

Comedy was firstly a hobby, ignited five years ago after a night out at a local comedy gig with his wife.

Alfie was so inspired he resolved to get up on stage and give it a go - and now performs regularly all around the country.