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 pens a new book

Part-memoir, part-advice

Jo Brand is writing a book that’s part memoir, part advice manual.

Born Lippy: How To Do Female will be released on October 18, and is described as ‘a gathering of all the things Jo Brand wishes she'd known, all the things she's learnt, and all the things she hopes for the future’.

In the blurb for the book, Brand said: ‘A century after women got the vote (albeit rich ones over the age of 28) it’s time to take stock of exactly what it means to be female today. 

‘And if there’s one thing we women are entitled to, it’s having a bloody good moan about things big and small – so see you on the barricades for a nice cuppa…’

Brand has previously released two volumes of autobiography, Look Back In Hunger in 2009 and Can’t Stand Up For Sitting Down the following year.

Many comics have recently written books combining memoir with advice, including Sarah Millican, Susan Calman and Robert Webb.  

Click here to order Born Lippy, which is to be published by John Murray.

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Published: 14 Aug 2018

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