‘People have been laughing at me since I was five’

Sol Bernstein
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Steve Jameson’s comedy alter ego, Sol Bernstein, is fresh out of 25 years of semi-retirement.

After more than two decades playing in nursing homes, Sol is back where he belongs, in nightclubs performing to drunks.

He escaped the Pogroms in Russia, the Nazis in Germany, and went on to become the world’s first all-round entertainer – a song and dance man, a comedian, a magician, an actor and a Jazz musician.

We caught up Sol/Steve to find out more.

When did you first realise you were funny?

I was about five years old when I realised that people would stop and point at me, then start laughing.

What would you be if you weren’t a comedian?

Unemployed.

Name three things that make you laugh

Laurel & Hardy, Harry Hill and, especially, David Cameron.

What’s your favourite one-liner?

‘There’ll be no more boom and bust’ – Gordon Brown

Who’s your biggest hero?

Groucho Marx because he could talk funny, walk funny, act funny, sing funny and dance funny.

See Steve as Sol at Rawhide Comedy Club at the Kings Theatre in Southsea on Sunday, where he’ll be joined by compere Roger Monkhouse, satirical Scouse stand-up and singer Steve Gribbin and circuit favourite Carey Marx from 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £10 from (023) 9282 8282 or kings-southsea.com.