Have I Got News For You (TV Recording): ITV Studios, Southbank, London, 2009
Jo Brand: Rose Theatre, Kingston, 2012
Barry Cryer and Friends: An 80th Birthday Celebration: Palace Theatre, London, 2015
Jo Brand: Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh, 2015
Jo Brand: Talking Comedy: Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, 2015
Loving Linda Smith Gala Concert: In Aid of Target Ovarian Cancer: Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, 2015
Hoovering Podcast Live: Underbelly Festival, Cavendish Square, London, 2021
Widely regarded as one of the funniest female comedians Britain has produced, I first saw Jo Brand live hosting an episode of Have I Got News For You at the ITV Studios in London in 2009. She was an excellent host both very funny and cutting and has made regular appearances since the recording.
I finally got to see her solo show in Kingston in 2012 where her fast, cutting wit thrilled the audience with her observational comedy.
Brand made a welcome return to the Edinburgh Fringe where I saw her on three occasions in 2015 when the Gilded Balloon venue – where a lot of comedians began their careers –celebrated its 30th birthday. That night at her solo show, she was inspiring, amusing and thought-provoking on society issues and she proved to be a really nice person as I brushed past her running to my next show, I cried out ‘Great performance Jo!’ and she yelled back ‘Cheers Darlin’ with a winning laugh. I also saw her interviewed by Dr Oliver Double (a lecturer in stand-up comedy at Kent University) for Talking Comedy – a series of comedians talking about their careers. Finally at the Fringe I also saw her make a guest appearance at the Linda Smith tribute gala.
The comedian was a superbly funny guest for Hoovering Podcast live at the Underbelly Festival in July 2021. Hosted by comedian Jessica Fostekew and appearing alongside restaurant critic Jay Rayner, Brand talked all things food and eating delighting the audience with her hilarious stories.
Jo Brand, comedian, actress and writer remains one of the most popular and funny stand-ups in modern comedy.