There are so many great QI moments that feature Jo – she was the second woman comedian to appear on the show and has been a guest 28 times (a joint record with Bill Bailey).
That is the quintessential Jo Brand – unbelievably quick, undeniably rude, brilliantly funny. She has helped make QI the show it is today and we salute her!
But there is so much more. Jo is a BAFTA winning comedian, writer and actress, a trailblazer for female stand-up comedy and now a bestselling author of two volumes of memoir (Look Back in Hunger in 2009 and Can’t Stand Up for Sitting Down in 2011).
Before she became a comedian Jo spent 10 years working as a psychiatric nurse in London and Wales. She began under the stage name of ‘The Sea Monster’. ‘I was still working as a nurse’, she explains, ‘and I didn’t want colleagues seeing my name in Time Out and coming along to heckle.’ Not that it would have mattered. The spiky-haired, Doc Marten-wearing ‘Sea Monster’ soon developed the best heckler put-downs in the business.
She then moved into television, appearing initially on Saturday Live and then more regularly on shows like The Brain Drain, Jo Brand Through the Cakehole, Jo Brand's Commercial Breakdown, Have I Got News for You, Jo Brand’s Big Splash and many more. She had a cameo appearance in Absolutely Fabulous and has been a regular visitor to ‘Dictionary Corner’ on Countdown. She put her experiences as a nurse to good use co-writing and starring in the BBC Four sitcom Getting On alongside Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine, for which she won the 2011 Best TV Comedy Actress BAFTA.
Frequently accused of being a national treasure, Jo always says she would ‘rather maintain a taint of national disgrace’.
My husband can do the work of two men.
Unfortunately those men are Laurel and Hardy.
I was not a particularly small child. I was the one who always got picked to play Bethlehem in the school nativity.
Can't Stand Up For Sitting Down
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Sorting Out Billy
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My bloody neighbour banged on my front door at 2.30 this morning. Thank God I was still up playing the drums.