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Watch out for Sol man and Monkhouse at comedy club


By Gemma Gardner


Custard Comedy
Custard Comedy

Wearing a trilby and a sharp suit, comedian Steve Jameson's foul-mouthed pensioner Sol Bernstein is back with more outrageous remarks.

Sol, who is now in his 80s, will take to the Comberton Sports' and Arts stage next month.

The Jewish old time revels in non-PC material, but he's no Jim Davidson, instead opting for the 'equal opportunities offender' role, mocking everyone in equal measure.

"One part Alf Garnett, two parts Mel Brooks and three parts like nothing you've ever heard,said The Guardian.

Sol invites the audience to listen to his tales of the high life with the biggest names in showbiz, musings on how the world has changed, and being just an ordinary Jew with world-beating wit. Expect him to machine-gun his way through his insulting, attitude-laden one-liners.

Sol was created by Jameson in the 1990s, but not for stand-up.

"The character eventually evolved into a stand-up but not until about five years later,Jameson explains."It looked like it might be a fun thing to do and it just keeps getting better. For example I stopped smoking and through the anger management Sol got wilder. I'm more in control now than I was then, but he's become more outrageous. With a character like that you can get away with murder."

Joining Sol on stage is Roger Monkhouse, one of the most original and distinctive acts on the comedy scene. A consummate stand-up, he employs a deadly combination of charm and menace to exert a control over any audience.

Monkhouse's stage-prowling style and inimitable manner have established him as one of the most sought-after names on the circuit.

"An almost indecent supply of talent,said Time Out.

The pair are supported by Rob Coleman, who has made what he laughingly calls a career out of being grumpy.

Manchester comedian and former regular contributor to XFM's breakfast show, Hayley Ellis, has gone from strength to strength since she began performing in April 2009, and will be compere on the night.

A regular MC at gigs around the country, Hayley's natural warmth and girl-next-door charm make her impossible to dislike.

The Custard Comedy event will be at Comberton Sports and Arts on Friday, February 10 at 8.15pm.

The event is strictly over-18s only. Tickets: £5.50 (Earlybird) or £8 online, by phone or in person, or £10 (£8 concs) on the door.

Available from Comberton Sports and Arts reception on 01223 264444 or online from wegottickets.com/event/384551.

? Meanwhile, Impington Village College welcomes Markus Birdman on Friday, February 24 for its annual comedy gig. Doors open at 7.45pm.

"Birdman is the all-round package; witty, controversial, hip, topical and silly. A master of timing and physical comedy, he made me laugh so hard it hurt,said the BBC.

Markus Birdman is at Impington Village College on Friday, February 24. The event is also for over-18s only. Tickets: £10. Box office: wegottickets.com/event/382598 or £12 on the door.



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