Jo Brand

Jo Brand

Date of birth: 03-05-1957

Jo's first job was at Dr Barnardo's home - following in the footsteps of her social worker mother.

After this, she moved to London and famously became a psychiatric nurse - the daily parade of drug addicts, alcohol abuse and the clinically depressed, giving her the sense of humour and bravado to deal with any comedy audience.

A pioneer of the alternative comedy scene, she started performing at the age of 29, in 1987, under the name The Sea Monster and it only took her two years to be able to turn pro.

Her material, about her weight and men, made here a bete noire among those who despised the rise of alternative comedy, most notably tabloid TV critic Garry Bushell.

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Jo Brand to offer tips on how to stay sane in a mad world

New Channel 4 show

Jo Brand is to offer advice on how to cope with life in the second lockdown in a new Channel 4 show.

Provisionally titled Jo Brand’s How To Stay Sane In A Mad World, the hour-long show will offer an A-Z of tips with a number of celebrity and expert guests.

Brand joked: ‘I did suggest we stop after A is for alcohol and C is for cake but I’m assured there are 23 more suggestions to follow so stay tuned.’

Producers Two Rivers Media say: ‘Let’s face it banana bread was so last March and we’re all slightly puzzled at the number of jigsaws we’ve managed to complete over the last eight months. 

‘The nights have drawn in and we need new ways to lift our spirits and keep us going through the low-key winter that’s set to come. So from health to horticulture, QR codes to UV rays, and hibernation to isolation this is the A-Z guide that you never knew you needed. ‘

Jo Brand’s How To Stay Sane In A Mad World production credits

 Made by: Two Rivers Media
Executive Producers: Lizi Wootton and Mirella Breda
Commissioning editor: Louisa Compton    

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Published: 27 Nov 2020

A Damned shame

Channel 4 has dropped Jo Brand’s social work…

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