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Alan began performing stand-up in early 2008 and, after reaching the semi-finals of So You Think You’re Funny on only his seventh gig, decided he might as well take it seriously. Since then he has established himself as a regular presence on the UK comedy circuit and playing many top clubs around the country and beyond.
Alan is a professional entertainer, and when not performing comedy conducts historical walking tours around Edinburgh. He has also worked as an actor both in theatre and on film, and in 2003 he was part of a sketch comedy group that performed to over 17,000 people over three performances at the Point Depot in Dublin in aid of the Special Olympics World Games. He is also a published author, mainly on darkly historical subjects, and conducts lectures on crime history, including having been an invited speaker at two major US true crime conferences.
Alan is a regular paid act for openers and main supports on the Scottish circuit and beyond, as well as occasional headline spots including at clubs with 100+ audiences. Alan was a finalist in the prestigious Laughing Horse New Act of the Year competition in 2010, the first Scottish based act to do so in four years. He was also selected as one of the 25 best up-and-coming acts in the country to appear on the ITV4 television series FHM Stand Up Hero.
Alan has performed in ensemble shows at both the 2008 (with Daniel Sloss and CBBC presenter Iain Sterling) and 2009 Edinburgh Fringe. In 2010 he performed his first solo show, Reasons Why I Should Be Allowed To Carry A Gun, to generally packed houses. His second solo show in 2011, Hate It With Me, resulted in his inclusion in the official list of the 10 funniest jokes of that year's fringe, and was also largely responsible for his inclusion in Zoo Magazine's list of the funniest comedians of 2011. In 2012 he is returning to the fringe with a new show, Careful What You Wish For.