Long established as one of the UK's funniest female comics, Jo Brand has built a large following thanks to her TV appearances and stand-up tours across the county. One of the hardest working comedians around, Jo is popular with male and female audience members alike, even though her themes are often less than complimentary towards the male of the species! In 2003, Jo was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy.
Jo quit her job as a psychiatric nurse in 1987 to become a stand-up comedian. She joined the burgeoning British alternative comedy scene, mainly working in London clubs. She also started appearing on TV, initially on the Saturday Live show. Then, in 1993, she became a resident panellist, along with Tony Hawks, on the BBC monologue show The Brain Drain. Her first really big hit as a solo artist came with the Channel 4 series Through the Cakehole, which met with much great acclaim.
Jo’s diverse appeal is marked by appearances on such eclectic programmes as Question Time (BBC), Nevermind The Buzzcocks (BBC2), QI (BBC1), Countdown (Channel 4), They Think It’s All Over (BBC), The Graham Norton Show (BBC), Would I Lie To You? (BBC1), 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), and The Matt Lucas Awards (BBC1). She has guest hosted Have I Got News For You (BBC1) several times. She even had a cameo role in Absolutely Fabulous (BBC1).
In 2011, Jo won a BAFTA for Best Female Comedy Performance for the series Getting On (BBC4), which is set on a hospital’s geriatric ward and was partly inspired by her earlier career in nursing!
Jo took part in the first celebrity version of the BBC's Comic Relief (Comic Relief Does Fame Academy), and followed this as a celebrity contestant on Comic Relief Does The Apprentice.
In 2013, Jo started the year by sitting on the judging panel for ITV’s smash hit Splash and she later put her cooking to the test on The Great Comic Relief Bake Off. She was back for another series of Splash in 2014.
A critically acclaimed writer, Jo has penned the hit books A Load Of Old Balls and A Load Of Old Ball Crunchers (both Simon & Schuster), It’s Different For Girls, Sorting Out Billy and The More You Ignore Me (all for Headline Review). She also develops sitcoms for Vera Productions and What Larks Productions. She has written two volumes of autobiography - Look Back In Hunger (2009) and Can't Stand Up For Sitting Down (2010) (both Headline Review).
Jo is an extremely popular Host and Cabaret Artist for Corporate Events. To book her for your Event, contact a Prime Performers Booking Agent via the online booking enquiry form or alternatively call 020 7251 8222.
- Stand up Comedian and Comedy Circuit Compere
- One of Ireland's funniest comedians, a big man with a big personality, who exudes warmth and spontaneous good humour, a delight to be entertained by.
- One of the country’s most in-demand satirists, and host of Dave’s ultra-topical political comedy show Unspun with Matt Forde.