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Q&A: Jo Caulfield

In the lead up to our big Standard Issue Stands Up For Comic Relief gig on Monday 11 May at the Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue, we’re asking each of our line-up a few questions. Today we’re having a natter with sharp as a tack standup Jo Caulfield.

Jo_C_Portrait_FullWe’ve been merrily banging on about our brilliant forthcoming gig for Comic Relief (Monday 11 May, The Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue, ON SALE NOW). And yes we’re biased, but it is one hell of a bill: Sarah Millican, Jo Brand, Katherine Ryan, Susan Calman, Jessica Fostekew, Sara Pascoe and Holly Walsh. And – we’re pleased to announce – the awesome Jo Caulfield.

Chatty, catty and whip-smart, Jo Caulfield is a natural born standup. A circuit star, she has a real flair for getting the best out of an audience, as well as bringing brilliant and leftfield observational material to the table.

What’s the best thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?

This is the sort of question that makes comics take themselves too seriously. I’m not a doctor or a nurse, someone doing something really worthwhile. People laugh, what more do you want as a comic than that?

Where do you get your inspiration for material? 

Everywhere, every day. I don’t look for it but if I am annoyed, angered, puzzled or just think twice about something, I write it down.

When did you realise you were a feminist?

I’ve always been like this. When I first heard of feminists, I just thought, “Oh that’ll be me then”. Really seems absurd for any woman not to be a feminist.

Which women have inspired you and how?

My sister: a clever, brave and hilarious woman, also fabulously awkward and argumentative, a quality I love. She was a great role model growing up. Her, Joan Jett and Debbie Harry.

If you could befriend anyone from history, who would it be and why?

I never understand this question; I like being with my friends. People always say people like Ghandi, and John Lennon, but that sounds like a tricky table to me – too much ego. There are writers I admire, but they may have been boorish alcoholics. Best not meet your heroes.

What were you like as a kid?


What brings you joy?

Loads of thing, usually very small and ordinary things… Joy is brief and fabulous – we are lucky to experience it.

Please could you share the best bit of advice you’ve ever been given.

Work hard at what you love.

What’s always on your ‘to do’ list that never gets done?

Write a funny book. Oh and learn to kayak.



Most people are well aware of the vital work Comic Relief does at home and overseas, but might not be as aware of the work it does with women. All the money raised by Standard Issue Stands Up for Comic Relief will be used to help vulnerable and disadvantaged women and girls here in the UK and across Africa.

From tackling violence against women, raising awareness and educating communities about the harm caused by Female Genital Mutilation to ensuring that the number of women dying in childbirth across Sub-Saharan Africa continues to fall, the cash raised will help to make a big difference to women and girls living incredibly tough lives.

Standard Issue Stands Up for Comic Relief is on Monday 11 May at The Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, 7:30pm.

Visit nimaxtheatres.com/lyric-theatre/standard_issue_stands_up_for_comic_relief for more information.

All profits from this event will be donated to Comic Relief.

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