We all have a few crazy stories from childhood, but with a boisterous Italian mom and a hilarious Jewish dad, comedian Steve Solomon has more stories than most. After decades of a teaching and school administration career, Solomon transitioned to full-time comedy. This month, he brings his award-winning Broadway show “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!” to the Strand Theatre in Marietta.
We sat down with comedian Steve Soloman to talk about career, comedy and everything in between.
What advice would you give someone looking to change careers later in life?
“Follow your heart and don’t let anyone tell you…”you can’t!” You have no idea how many industry people told me I was insane to try to bring my show to Broadway….after two sold out years on the Great White Way.. and ten years of successful touring; I guess they were wrong!”
What was the biggest challenge in transitioning from being a teacher to a full time comedian?
“I first transitioned from a Physics teach to an Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools. Being an administrator made me really miss the kids. I despised bureaucracy for the sake of bureaucracy. I couldn’t handle rules which made no sense—my heart was just not into political correctness and school politics. In my spare time I wrote comedy “roasts” and “toasts” for various organizations in both my Mom’s church and Dad’s temple. I loved writing; making a living at it….a whole different story.”
What’s your favorite part about being a comedian?
“It’s simple: I write a story, nurture it, perform it and wait for the reaction. What a thrill it is to see hundreds of people enjoying what I’ve written. When audiences leave the theater identifying with my characters saying, “That was my Dad…” or “I know that guy…” or “I laughed till my sides hurt.” Then….I’ve done my job!”
Who’s you favorite character in your one man show? Why?
“No question….Pop. Dad’s character is wise, sensitive, stubborn and painfully naïve. Mom is just the opposite. Their mix is delicious. ”
What can those who’ve never seen your show before expect?
“They should prepare for ninety minutes of non-stop belly laughs—characters they can all relate to, situations they’ve ALL been through. Essentially, a great evening of fun.”
Details: Tickets start at $35, 117 North Park Square, Marietta, GA, (770) 293-0080, earlsmithstrand.org