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Jo Caulfield 

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About Jo

Jo Caulfield is best-known for her legendary one-woman shows, Jo Caulfield is “one of the finest female comics at work” (The Observer) and has recently been nominated as “the best female Stand-Up in the country” (Chortle.co.uk). She is also Graham Norton’s head writer. “She is, quite simply, a damn funny woman” (The Scotsman).

Jo was born in Wales to Irish parents and brought up in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. She grew up believing the East Midlands was her oyster.

At 17 Jo left home and moved to London to sing and play drums in a Rockabilly band. This was an unusual decision as Jo can neither sing nor play drums.

“Many of the points Jo makes about the human condition would have sociologists stroking their beards in admiration, but her audience tend to be laughing too much to notice. Do not miss her.” (The Times).
Her mixture of cut-throat wit and wildly accurate observation regularly brings audiences to their knees with laughter.” (Evening Standard).

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Stand-Up

After being advised that regular comparing was one of the best ways to improve as a comic Jo saved her ‘waitressing tips’, bought a cheap microphone and a small amplifier and opened her own comedy club in the basement bar of The White Horse in Hampstead. It was getting up on stage at her own club every week for 5 years that gave Jo her ability for bantering with the audience and improvising on their comments. 

Now Jo is in demand at all major UK comedy clubs, and has completed three nationwide theatre tours. Recent international performances include New York, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai.

TV and Radio

Jo is a regular guest on both Mock The Week (BBC2) and Have I Got News For You (BBC1).
Saturday Night Live (ITV1), The Comedy Store series 2, 4 & 7 (Ch5), The Comedian’s Comedian (Ch4), Music Hall Meltdown (BBC4), The Bigger Picture (BBC2), Dawn French’s Girls Who Do Comedy (BBC2).

Jo wrote and starred in 3 series of her own critically acclaimed Radio 4 comedy show, “It’s That Jo Caulfield Again”. 

Jo’s quick wit has led to her being in demand as a guest on a huge variety of Radio shows including: The News Quiz (Radio 4), Armando Iannucci’s Charm Offensive (Radio 4), The Steve Wright Show (Radio 2), The Now Show (Radio 4), Off The Ball (BBC Scotland), The Unbelievable Truth with David Mitchell (Radio 4), Clive Anderson’s Chat Room (Radio 2), Quote Unquote (Radio 4), Radcliffe and Maconie (Radio 2), Woman’s Hour (Radio 4) Does The Team Think (Radio 2), Parson’s and Naylor’s Pull Out Section (Radio 2).

 

 

Life Before Comedy

Jo spent many years honing her skills as a waitress and was frequently fired for arguing with customers. She also worked in retail and was a shop manager before being fired for arguing with customers. She then set up her own business selling 50’s vintage clothing, but soon fired herself for arguing with the boss.

(Jo says, “I wasn’t a very good waitress. I was a real maverick. I played by my own rules. I took orders from no one. Anyway, as soon as I suss out this whole internet/website thing I’m going to post some of the radio scripts on the site.”)
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