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Jo Brand

Since leaving her job as a psychiatric nurse in 1988, Jo Brand has built a huge following across the UK. She has spent many winters on the UK comedy circuit and many summers at The Edinburgh Festival.

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About Jo Brand

Jo’s first TV appearance was on “Friday Night Live”, the only comic who was asked back in the same series, and two seasons of her hit sketch show and stand-up series “Through the Cakehole” (Channel X for Ch4) followed soon after.  After this, a further two series of “All the Way to Worcester” (Vera Prods for Ch4) met with great acclaim.

Jo’s diverse appeal is marked by many appearances on such eclectic programmes as “Question Time” (BBC), “QI” (TalkBack Prods for BBC1), “Countdown” (YTV for Ch4), “Would I Lie To You” (BBC)  to “The Graham Norton Show” (BBC). She has guest hosted “Have I Got News For You” many times (Hat Trick) including three election specials and a lockdown version!

Jo is a stalwart of Comic Relief. She took part in the first celebrity version of “Comic Relief does Fame Academy”, then in 2007 “Comic Relief Does The Apprentice”, followed by “Let’s Dance for Comic Relief”, dancing as Britney Spears (‘tis true) and reaching the final in 2009. She has proved herself an un-willing fashion victim on the BBC1 special “What Not To Wear On The Red Carpet”, learned the organ for BBC’s “Play it Again”, which she then played to a sell-out crowd at the Royal Albert Hall, and she has also taken part in a charity celebrity carol singing choir which had a number one single for Children In Need!  In 2016 Jo walked 140miles  across the north of England from Hull to Liverpool for Comic Relief raising  £1.2 million.

2009 saw Jo write and star in the utterly marvellous, “Getting On”, in which she played a nurse alongside co-writers and co-stars Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine. The series, set in a mixed hospital ward, was partly inspired by her earlier career in nursing, and was quickly commissioned for a second series which aired in 2011.  She went on to win a 2011 BAFTA for Best Female Comedy Performance, whilst the show won Best Sitcom at the British Comedy Awards and following critical acclaim for series two, a third series was broadcast in 2012.

Other notable film and television appearances include the ‘Demon Dinner Lady’ in “Horrid Henry”, judging divers on  two series of ITV’s smash hit “Splash” and after putting her baking skills to the test in ‘The Great Comic Relief Bake Off’, she was named as the host of the hugely popular “The Great British Bake Off – An Extra Slice” – which she still presents to date.

In 2016 she wrote and starred in a six-part social work sitcom, “Damned” for Channel 4 – another which gardnered such great acclaim, it was immediately re-commissioned for a second series.  Jo has also tried her hand at panto – “Aladdin” (Wimbledon Theatre), “Snow White” (Richmond Theatre) and a musical, “Nativity!” (Hammersmith Apollo).

A critically acclaimed writer of books too, Jo has written the hit comedy history books “A Load Of Old Balls” and “A Load Of Old Ball Crunchers” (both Simon & Schuster); the novels “It’s Different For Girls”, “Sorting Out Billy” and “The More You Ignore Me”- the last of which was adapted and released as a film in 2018 (all for Headline Review) and won Best Comedy at The National Film Awards. Her autobiography “Look Back In Hunger” was followed by a second one about live performance called “I Can’t Stand Up For Sitting Down”. She added to this with “Born Lippy” in 2018.

Jo is a popular host and post-dinner speaker for corporate events.

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