Sol Bernstein: Still Standing (4 stars)

This article is from 2014

Sol Bernstein: Still Standing

Steve Ullathorne

Non-PC stand-up set from the geriatric Jewish character, performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Wearing a trilby and a suit so sharp you could cut yourself on it, 86-year-old Sol Bernstein dodders to the stage to greet fans old and new (with an emphasis on the old – the age range of the room is impressive). The Jewish old timer revels in non-PC material, but he's no Jim Davidson, instead opting for the 'equal opportunities offender' role, mocking everyone in equal measure. He's cheeky too – by the end of the show he's affectionately called at least half the women in the room hookers.

Bernstein is bursting with stories of showbiz past: of his 45 minute triangle solo when playing with Charlie Parker, his heckle that inspired Marcel Marceau to shut up and his work with Hitler on the cabaret circuit during the 1930s, before Adolf went off the rails. But Bernstein's keen to keep things up to date too, with some nods to the current situation in Gaza.

Rumours have surfaced recently that his shows might actually be the work of his younger friend Steve Jameson, hiding behind the thick-rimmed glasses, but that hardly seems likely.

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Sol Bernstein: Still Standing

  • 4 stars

Live Nation in association with Mike Leigh Associates After twenty five years of semi-retirement, playing the nursing homes of Great Britain, Sol Bernstein is back where he belongs, performing in nightclubs to drunks. The oldest comedian still working today takes you on a hilarious whistle stop tour of his illustrious…