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 

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.

Jo Brand, comedian, actress and writer remains one of the most popular and funny stand-ups in modern comedy.


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