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Jo Brand
Born 3 May 1957 (1957-05-03) (age 50)
Flag of England Hastings, East Sussex, England
Occupation Comedian

Jo Brand (born Josephine Grace Brand 3 May 1957, Hastings, East Sussex) is an English comedienne. is the 123rd day of the year (124th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... For other uses, see Hastings (disambiguation). ... East Sussex is a county in South East England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ... is the 123rd day of the year (124th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Hastings (disambiguation). ... East Sussex is a county in South East England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... A comedian (also comedienne, female) is a person who attempts to make people laugh through a variety of methods, normally through joke telling. ...



Brand's mother was a social worker, and Brand herself worked as a psychiatric nurse at the South London Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital until the mid-1980s.[1] She was persuaded by agent Malcolm Hardee to begin a career in stand-up comedy, where she acquired the stage name, "The Sea Monster". She was central to the British alternative comedy movement, working London alternative comedy clubs, and appearing initially on the Saturday Live television show. A Psychiatric Nurse is trained to care for individuals with mental health difficulties. ... The Maudsley Hospital in Denmark Hill, Camberwell, South London is unique as a psychiatric hospital in that it was always intended to be a centre of treatment and research rather than confinement and asylum. Now part of the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLaM) the hospital derives its origins... Malcolm Hardee (born Lewisham, London, 5th January 1950 - died London, 31st January 2005) was an anarchic British comedian, author, club proprietor and compere. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Saturday Live was an innovative television comedy and music show broadcast in the UK by Channel 4 from 1985 to 1987. ...

In 1993, her transition into the mainstream was confirmed when she obtained her own series on Channel 4, Jo Brand Through the Cakehole, co-written with comedy writer Jim Miller, who was already her main stand-up writer. This article is about the British television station. ... James Miller may refer to any number of individuals: James Miller, a the 19th century United States general and politician James Miller, a United States Civil War Medal of Honor winner James Miller, a British cameraman shot by the Israel Defence Force whilst making a documentary in the Gaza strip...

Her early style involved her delivering jokes in a bored monotone, one line at a time, with pauses in between. With her Doc Marten boots, and her large size and short hair, her image (and comedic material) for most of the 1980s and '90s was inspired at least in part by radicalised feminism. But most of the apparently feminist material was in the set-up of the jokes, and was punctured by the punchline. Also, despite rumours to the contrary she turned out not to be a lesbian.[2] She has commented that "men are fantastic – as a concept". She has also said that she was reading in the newspapers that she was a lesbian for so long, she started to believe it. She was for a while romantically involved with Malcolm Hardee, who had initially persuaded her to become a comic. In other sectors, she has also tried her hand at straight acting and has written novels. Dr. Martens is a brand of shoe, often known as Doc Martens, Docs, or D.M.s. They have a characteristic air-cushioned sole developed in Germany by Dr. Klaus Maertens (note the different spelling). ... Feminists redirects here. ... Malcolm Hardee (born Lewisham, London, 5th January 1950 - died London, 31st January 2005) was an anarchic British comedian, author, club proprietor and compere. ...

More recently her humour has softened and she has been a guest on such television shows as Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, and QI. She has had several solo television series, and presented shows such as Jo Brand's Commercial Breakdown. She also appeared on Star Spell, a spin off from Hard Spell, during 2004. As a fan of Countdown, she achieved an ambition when she was asked to appear in the show's Dictionary Corner as the celebrity guest. She later became a friend of the host, Richard Whiteley, and after his death in 2005 attended his memorial service at York Minster. She appeared again on Countdown in "Dictionary Corner" in February 2007. Have I Got News for You is a British television panel show; produced by Hat Trick Productions and a flagship programme for the BBC. It is based loosely on the BBC Radio 4 show The News Quiz, and has been running since 1990. ... Never Mind the Buzzcocks is a comedy panel game show with a pop and rock music theme, presented by Simon Amstell and produced by talkbackTHAMES for the BBC. It is usually aired on BBC Two. ... For other uses, see Qi (disambiguation). ... Commercial Breakdown is a BBC/Celador light entertainment television programme which shows humorous television advertisements from around the world. ... Star Spell was a BBC game show which put celebrities against each other in spelling related games, each one was subsequently eliminated until there was one Star Spell Champion. ... Hard Spell aired on BBC1 in the United Kingdom in late 2004. ... Countdown is a British game show presented by Des OConnor and Carol Vorderman. ... John Richard Whiteley, OBE, DL (28 December 1943 – 26 June 2005) was an English television presenter and journalist. ... Underwater funeral in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea A funeral is a ceremony marking a persons death. ... York Minster is the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe and is situated in the city of York in Northern England. ...

She also took part, against her better judgement, in the first celebrity version of Comic Relief does Fame Academy. In 2007, Brand appeared as a celebrity contestant on Comic Relief Does The Apprentice, again to raise money for Comic Relief. Comic Relief Does Fame Academy is a spin-off of the original Fame Academy show where celebrities (students) sing as students of the Academy. ... Comic Relief Does The Apprentice was a special celebrity version of British reality television series The Apprentice, produced in 2007 to raise money for Comic Relief. ... Comic relief is the inclusion of a humorous character or scene or witty dialogue in an otherwise serious work, often to relieve tension. ...

Other work

In 2003, she was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy. In 2004, Brand appeared in a special episode of What Not to Wear, where fashion gurus Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine gave her a makeover.[3] On Saturday 25 March 2006, Jo appeared on Parkinson with Daniel Day-Lewis and Jane Fonda. Brand is known to be a big fan of Crystal Palace Football Club, and has sponsored the matchball for games in the past. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... This article is about the UK version. ... Trinny Woodall (born Sarah-Jane Woodall[2] 1964 in London), is an award-winning English fashion guru, fashion and style advisor, television personality, presenter and author. ... Susannah Constantine, along with Trinny Woodall, is a host of the BBC style series What Not To Wear. ... is the 84th day of the year (85th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Parkinson is a chat show presented by Michael Parkinson. ... Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (born 29 April 1957), is an Academy-Award winning and Golden Globe-award nominated actor. ... Jane Fonda (born December 21, 1937) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model, and fitness guru. ... Crystal Palace Football Club is an English professional football team based in the London Borough of Croydon. ...

Jo Brand also delivered a guest lecture on the subject of Psychiatric Nursing for the University of Derby Psychology Society in 1957 in return for a donation to Derby Rape Crisis, a chocolate cake and a couple of pints at the local (the two final offerings being gifts from the students rather than riders). This lecture is said to be highly ironic.

On 25 March 2007, Brand appeared on reality television programme Play It Again where she was required to learn how to play the organ in just four months. This was in preparation to perform Bach's Toccata in D Minor for an audience of 8,000 people at the Royal Albert Hall on the largest pipe organ in the British Isles with 9,999 pipes. In order to practise her performance, she played at a church service, a wedding, and accompanies dancers at Blackpool Tower. Her only other experience with a musical instrument was when Brand had previously taken piano lessons at school and had a bad experience with the violin.[4] is the 84th day of the year (85th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Play It Again is a documentary series on BBC One, featuring celebrities trying to learn to play musical instruments. ... This article or section should be merged with Pipe organ The Casavant pipe organ at Notre-Dame de Montréal Basilica, Montreal The organ is a type of keyboard musical instrument, distinctive because the sound is not produced by a percussion action, as on a piano or celesta, or by... Toccata (Italian for to touch) is a Virtuoso piece of classical music for a keyboard instrument or plucked string instrument featuring sections of brilliant passagework, with or without imitative or fugal interludes, generally emphasizing the dexterity of the performer. ... “Albert Hall” redirects here. ... The baroque organ in Roskilde Cathedral, Copenhagen The pipe organ is a musical instrument that produces sound by admitting pressurized air (referred to as wind) through a series of pipes. ... This article describes the archipelago in north-Western Europe. ... Looking down to the road below through the glass floor The Blackpool Tower is a tourist attraction in the town of Blackpool, Lancashire, in Northern England (grid reference SD306360). ... The violin is a bowed string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. ...

Personal Life

Jo married Bernie Bourke in 1996 and they have two daughters, Maisie and Eliza.


  • April 2006, film for BBC One's This Week - "Patricia Hewitt heckled by the very mild-mannered RCN. The last time they got that riled was when Florence Nightingale ate all the Jammie Dodgers at the Christmas party. You can heckle all you like, but getting Patricia Hewitt out of her job isn't going to bring a magic cure."[5]
  • Upon reaching the French Oral examiner during her appearance on the BBC television series "School's Out!", Jo Brand started off with "Guten Tag! Sprechen Sie Deutsch?", and then proceeded to call the examiner, in French, a "very scary cow", much to the examiner's displeasure. She also claimed to have 21 children, two of which were named "Del Boy" and "a Gorilla". When asked if she cooked, she replied, again in French, "No, I eat! I eat a horse from time to time! I eat the entire set..." She received a pitiful score of 6 out of 20.

This Week is a current affairs and politics TV programme on the BBC, screened on Thursday evenings, hosted by Andrew Neil alongside former Conservative MP Michael Portillo, and Labour MP Diane Abbott. ... Patricia Hope Hewitt (born 2 December 1948) is a British politician. ... A heckler is a person who shouts an uninvited comment, usually disparaging, at a performance or event, or interrupting set-piece speeches, for example at a political meeting. ... The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is a membership organisation with over 395,000 members in the United Kingdom. ... Embley Park, now a school, was the family home of Florence Nightingale. ... A Jammie Dodger. ... Schools Out is a BBC television series hosted by Danny Wallace. ... German (called Deutsch in German; in German the term germanisch is equivalent to English Germanic), is a member of the western group of Germanic languages and is one of the worlds major languages. ...


  1. ^ Jo Brand — bbc.co.uk
  2. ^ Jo Brand is one funny woman — bbc.co.uk
  3. ^ What Not to Wear - Red Carpet Special — bbc.co.uk/lifestyle
  4. ^ Play it Again — bbc.co.uk/music/playitagain
  5. ^ Jo Brand quote — bbc.co.uk

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