There’s a prevailing view that female comics flounder a bit on TV panel shows like Mock The Week because they have a touchy-feely storyteller style that doesn’t fit in with the hit and run gag format that comes more easily to macho mirth-makers.
That’s a point of view that’s probably best kept to yourself if Jo Caulfield is within earshot.
She’s been there and done that in the bearpit of competitive comedy quiz shows, and come out the other side smiling.
That’s because she’s as sharp as a tack. is constantly refreshing her material and doesn’t tell stories – she tells gags.
And everyone is fair game, whether it’s her long-suffering other half or high-profile female celebs. Here’s a sample: ‘Do you like mixing your perfumes? I’m wearing a dash of Katie Price and a smidgen of Victoria Beckham – I smell like a cheap tart who can’t sing.’
Now based in Edinburgh, she’s involved in a long-running off the cuff quiz format at the city’s famous Stand venue which could soon be finding a wider audience – but in the meantime she’s out on the road again, and booked in to appear at Hemel Hempstead’s Old Town Hall next Saturday night.
She’s just the latest in a string of big name comedians with plenty of radio and TV credits to their name to grace the High Street arts base – Alan Davies is on the bill tonight, but that gig has been sold out for weeks.
Also featuring on the OTH spring programme are Tom Wrigglesworth and Susan Calman, who are both booked for April.
First up, though is Jo’s Celebration Of Anger set, kicking off from 8pm on Saturday, February 15.
Tickets are £12 (£10 concessions and Dacorum Card holders) – call the box office on 01442 228 091 or visit www.oldtownhall.co.uk to check on availability.