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 joins Scala radio

For a classical music tour of the UK

Jo Brand has joined Scala Radio, to offer a four-part virtual journey across the UK.

The comedian will explore classical music from around the country as she recalls gigs from around the UK in the series, called On Tour.

She said:  ‘It is great to be back out on tour, albeit in a slightly different way to what I am used to. I am looking forward to exploring the wonderful of  classical music the UK has to offer, whilst reminiscing about some of the fun memories I have had while out on the comedy circuit.’

The show begins in Scotland, giving a nod to the Edinburgh Fringe, while playing tracks such as Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony and Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy.

The second episode will explore the north of England, beginning in Liverpool, before venturing to Hull, Leeds, and the Lake District.

Episode three will see  Jo head to North Wales, the West and South-West of England with London and the South-East bringing the tour to a close.

On Tour with Jo Brand on Scala Radio begins this Sunday from 6pm to 8pm.

>> The Sun takes a Jo Brand gag seriously.

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Published: 27 Jul 2021

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