Up close and personal, catch caustic Caulfield at the Old Town Hall on Saturday

Jo Caulfield
Jo Caulfield

Stand-up venues don’t come much more intimate than Hemel Hempstead’s Old Town Hall – and that’s just the way Jo Caulfield likes it.

Mainstream marquee names like Peter Kay may pack out huge arenas for weeks at a time – his record-breaking tour is the subject of a current TV series – but Jo much prefers to be able to look her audience in the eye.

“I genuinely prefer intimate rooms,” she said in advance of her show on Saturday night at the High Street venue.

“It makes it more exciting for me. I’m not a fan of the big arena shows – I like to be able to interact and have a conversation with the audience, rather than just hide behind the jokes.

“I like the unpredictability that anything can happen, making each show a totally unique experience.

“I don’t like stadium shows. I don’t know why anyone would want to watch a performer on a big screen – you might as well stay at home and watch them on television. At least you wouldn’t have to share your bathroom with 2,000 other people.”

One man who may regret her passion for the personal is her long-suffering other half, who unwittingly provides much of the material for her hit radio series and her stand-up set.

She said: “My husband is resigned to me talking about him on stage.

“We’ve got to the stage where every time he does something stupid, which is practically daily, he just looks at me and say: ‘You’re going to tell this to a bunch of strangers, aren’t you?’

“Last week he sellotaped the TV remote to the Radio Times because, he said, it would save time. I thought it was the most ridiculous thing I’d ever seen.

“I mentioned it at a show and all the men in the audience started saying: ‘That’s a brilliant idea. Why didn’t we think of that?’ So, obviously my husband is not the only idiot around.”

If you want to find out what other brainwaves he has come up with, Jo’s Celebration Of Anger set kicks off from 8pm.

Tickets are £12 (£10 concessions and Dacorum Card holders) – call the box office on 01442 228 091 or visit www.oldtownhall.co.uk.