Steve Weiner does his com­edy shtick in mem­ory of Alan Senitt

The Jewish Chronicle - - & Business Finance -

FUN­NY­MAN STEVE Weiner — a reg­u­lar at com­edy clubs across the UK — will joke around for a more se­ri­ous cause next week. Mr Weiner, 29, is per­form­ing at a stand-up com­edy fundraiser in aid of the Alan Senitt Memo­rial Trust, set up in mem­ory of the Jewish ac­tivist and in­ter­faith worker who was mur­dered at 26 while try­ing to save a fe­male friend in Wash­ing­ton in 2006.

Mr Weiner, win­ner of the this year’s Hack­ney Em­pire New Act Award, tells Peo­ple: “I have done some char­ity stuff be­fore, noth­ing Jewre­lated. This is a good thing to do.”

A qual­i­fied lawyer, Mr Weiner left the pro­fes­sion to pur­sue a ca­reer in com­edy. “I hated law. I felt like all the cre­ativ­ity was be­ing sucked out of my face. I like the buzz you get from per­form­ing. It can be stress­ful but it’s very ad­dic­tive.”

A skilled car­i­ca­tur­ist, Mr Weiner says he gets his in­spi­ra­tion from sit­ting in his room and think­ing.

“I slip in and out of char- ac­ters — from peo­ple that sit on the Tube and sudoku, to mo­bile-phone sales­men.” His tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ances in­clude Chan­nel 4’s Tonightly and the news­pa­per re­view for Sky News. He is rep­re­sented by agency Off the Kerb, which also rep­re­sents Jack Dee, Alan Carr and Lee Evans. As for his Jewish cre­den­tials, he says: “I eat a lot of hum­mus — around three tubs a week — and I got ex­pelled from He­brew school.”

Fel­low co­me­di­ans Adam Bloom and Joe Bor will also be per­form­ing at the event, which takes place on Novem­ber 2. It is or­gan­ised by MNS Young Adults.

ad­min@mns.org.uk

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