JoJo Sutherland: Funny Money
Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2006
Starting life at the top and steadily working her way down, JoJo Sutherland - Comedy Mother, gives an hilarious and fascinating insight into her eccentric, debt ridden and chaotic upbringing.
Excellent Scottish comedienne JoJo Sutherland's father wrote 36 books. And what we have here could be the basis of her own cracking tome, an autobiographical tale which starts in a Scottish castle with its own loch, moves to a cramped caravan, marriage, children, relationship breakdown and marriage to her first husband's brother. And that's the simple version.
Sutherland even appeared on the TV series Wife Swap, the Channel 4 version, not Five's, she's quick to point out.
Along the way, we get meetings with Charlie Chaplin, Dave Allen, Dylan Thomas, debt collectors and wishing the cat would piss in your bed just to keep you warm in a Scottish room you can't afford to heat.
Sutherland is immensely likable, and more than capable of a gag-based act as she proved last year. Now she has developed an easy-going conversational style with humour so interwoven it seems effortless.
Fiona - 20/08/2006
It is a cracking good show. Standing room only last night. The gags just kept on rolling, as did the tears down my cheeks! Mind you, as her sister, I am biased - as I lived through it all too - but to see it all brought to life again is a real hoot. Almost unbelievably, it is just about all true!