Comedian James Alderson lives in Denmead and only started out in comedy in 2011. But he’s already made a name for himself on the national comedy circuit as well as launching a series of local comedy nights called Banter. Here he describes some of his fondest childhood memories.
· What is your earliest childhood memory?
My parents had foreign students staying and one day, probably when I was two, I was given a camera water pistol that squirted water when you pretended to take the picture. I remember running up to one student in our garden and he posed. To this day I have the image of him that I saw through the viewer as the squirt of water hit him. Brilliant.
· What do you remember about your birthdays?
A lot of birthdays had Mr Wimpy involved. At the Wimpy burger bar obviously – he didn’t just turn up at our flat.
· How was school?
Amazing. I went to Glenhurst in Havant and then passed the exam to go to Portsmouth Grammar School with an assisted place. I am so lucky with all the opportunities it gave me.
· What did you get up to with your friends?
I was in the Portsmouth Cathedral Choir for four years, so a lot of my spare time and my friends were there. Appearing on radio and TV doing solos really was character-building at such a young age.
· What toys do you remember?
I had a ZX81 and ZX Spectrum. I still vividly remember waiting for the tape to load for 30 minutes and watching the screen fuzz and squeak.
· What did you watch on TV?
Monkey Magic was an all- time favourite. I remember watching repeats of it when I was about 12 and realising it was dubbed. I felt duped!
· What music did you listen to?
I loved Motown and classic pop tracks, then Lionel Richie and Stevie Wonder, and then 2-Pac and Coolio.
· What clothes stand out in your memory?
When I was about 15, I remember going down to Charlotte Street and waiting for Mr Clive’s to open as there was a rumour they had some ‘pastie’ shoes. They did! Pasties, baggy jeans and baggy Benetton jumpers. What a classic look!
· What sweets did you eat?
Texan Bars. They were thick toffee with a hard chocolate coating.
· What was the naughtiest thing you ever did?
I once put a two penny sweet in my pocket when I was about eight and the newsagent guy caught me and pretended to phone the police. I thought I was going to get a five-year suspended sentence!
James’ next show (organising, not appearing) is Comedy All Stars at Horndean Technology college next Friday (September 14).