Jethro at Ferneham Hall, Fareham

When it comes to old-fashioned comics with a cult following, they don't come much bigger than Geoffrey Rowe, better known by his stage name Jethro.

Tuesday, 1st March 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 1st March 2016, 9:29 am

The Cornish comic will grace Ferneham Hall in Fareham with his tales tomorrow (Wednesday).

Over the years, Jethro has built up a dedicated fanbase that return time and again to see him live.

'˜I have been lucky '“ some people have seen me 20 times over the years. I go out in the crowd and meet them, I don't pay attention to any of this showbiz business,' he says.

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Jethro describes himself as an '˜old-fashioned storyteller' '“ but he does crack the odd gag.

'˜My wife said 'you spent £50 on whisky this Christmas' and I said 'you spent £80 on make-up'. Well she said 'that was to look beautiful for you darling' and I said 'that's exactly the same reason

I did'. It's nonsense isn't it,' he laughs.

Sometimes the giggles have been unintentional, particularly when it came to one TV appearance.

'˜I did The Generation Game with Jim Davidson once, and they had all these obscure tools. I had to give three examples of what they were used for and the public had to guess which one was right.

'˜One of them was a Norfolk dyke digger, a scoop on the bottom of a long handle. In rehearsals I said it was for digging out the bottom of a dyke in Norfolk and that started Jim going.

'˜When we came to do the show it was chaos '“ luckily it was pre-recorded.'

Show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets: £19.50, visit fernehamhall.co.uk to book.