Beer boy's boozy banter.
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His subject matter is exactly what you'd expect from a landlord of the old school - the horror that is alcopops, the terror of serving up sparkling mineral water, the lack of modern jazz in pubs and the oddness of the French. "Each year we have a boat show," he rants. "It's a show that shows boats. That's a lean cut of language. But the French? For them, it has to be `une exposition de notres bateaux maritimes'. They're their own worst enemy, the French."
At times it can seem as if you haven't arrived at the club at all but that you're still sitting in the back of a black cab. But Al delivers his gags with such pace and energy that you don't care where you are. As a result, he's had honours heaped on him, most notably the 1996 British Guild Of Beer Writers Award for Humorous Writing About Beer. And three times he's been nominated for a Perrier Award. On the basis that a hatrick of any kind is worth celebrating catch his show, the Late Lock-In, at The Improv for the next four Saturdays.
October 24 & 31, November 7 & 14, The Improv, 161 Tottenham Court Road Tottenham Court Road is a road in Central London, England, running from St Giles' Circus (the junction of Oxford Street and Charing Cross Road) north to Euston Road, near the border of the City of Westminster and the London Borough of Camden. , W1 10pm-3am (0171 387 2414/344 4444)