|This article relies on references to primary sources. (October 2008)|
Caulfield at The Late Show (2002)
|Birth name||Josephine Caulfield|
26 September 1963 |
|Medium||Stand-up, television, radio|
At 17, Caulfield moved to London. For two years she lived in a squat in Ladbroke Grove, West London, and played drums in a rockabilly band. Heavily influenced by The Cramps and The Fleshtones the band went nowhere fast due to their "lack of songs, musical ability and talent. But we did wear nice clothes" - Jo Caulfield (Radio 4 interview).
Deciding she wanted to get into comedy, Caulfield worked as a waitress during the day, saved up her tips, bought a small mic & amp, and opened her own comedy club. After meeting her partner, the couple agreed a two-year plan to either make it or give up. Caulfield was soon writing for Graham Norton, getting her own gigs and doing a BBC Radio 4 show.
In 2010, Jo Caulfield was nominated as ‘Funniest Woman 2010’ (LAFTA Awards). She has previously been nominated as ‘Best Female Comedian 2002’ (Chortle Awards), 'Best Compere 2004' (Chortle Awards) and one of ‘The 100 Greatest Stand-Ups’ (Channel 4).
She has appeared at major comedy clubs, both in the UK and overseas, and has completed two solo nationwide tours, and a further three as support act of Graham Norton, Puppetry of the Penis, and Rory Bremner. For the last nine years, Caulfield has taken a new solo stand-up comedy show to the Edinburgh Fringe.
Caulfield was Comedy Writer/Programme Consultant for all five series of the BAFTA Award-winning So Graham Norton. She was also head writer on both Ruby Wax's Waiting Game and Zoe Ball’s ‘Strictly Dance Fever’ (BBC3). Caulfield has also written for Joan Rivers, Anne Robinson, Denise Van Outen and Ant & Dec among others.
Jo's first CD, "Thinking Bad Thoughts", was released via iTunes in October, 2012.
Caulfield's own TV appearances include Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Mock the Week, The Stand-up Show, The Comedy Store, The World Stands Up, Have I Got News For You, Argumental and The Politics Show. Most recently, she appeared on 'Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow'.
In November 2008 Caulfield presented a video piece for BBC1's 'The One Show' about Charles Darwin. Caulfield visited the Darwin exhibition at the Natural History Museum to see what this great thinker thought were the pros and cons of marriage.
In March 2010 Caulfield had her set at London's Comedy Store filmed for the up-and-coming The Comedy Store series on Comedy Central.
In April 2010 Caulfield presented a piece for BBC1's The Politics Show. Filmed at the Harrogate Theatre during her 'Won't Shut Up' tour Caulfield canvassed the audience about their views on politics, politicians and the 2010 election campaign. The 6 minute video is on Caulfield's website.
Mock The Week (BBC2), Have I Got News For You (BBC1), Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC1), Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC2) Argumental (Dave UKTV), The Comedy Store (Comedy Central), The Politics Show (BBC1), Sex Bombs (BBC2 Northern Ireland), Strictly Dancing: It Takes Two (BBC2), Most Annoying People 2009 (BBC3), Most Annoying People 2008 (BBC3), The ONE Show (BBC1), World Rally: Portugal 2009 (Dave UKTV), Saturday Night Live (ITV1), Girls Who Do Comedy (BBC1), The Bigger Picture (BBC1), Mock The Week (Dave UKTV), The Blame Game (BBC N. Ireland), World’s Greatest Stand Up (Ch4), The Stand Up Show (BBC1), The World Stands Up (Comedy Central), Comic Side Of 7 Days (BBC3), That’s So Last Week (Ch5), Stitch Up (BBC1), Best Of The Comedy Store (Ch5), The Comedy Store - series 2, 4 & 6 (Ch5), So Graham Norton (Ch4), Music Hall Meltdown (BBC4), And Then You Die (Dave UKTV), Test The Nation (BBC1), Big Brothers Little Brother (Ch4), Back In The Day (Ch4), Bridget Jones Cultural Icon (ITV), 100 Greatest Tearjerkers (Ch4), 100 Greatest Christmas Moments (Ch4), The Comedian’s Comedian (Ch4), Who Stole Bob Monkhouse’s Jokes (BBC), Take The Mike (ITV), Life’s A Pitch (BBC1), Ladies & Gentlemen (BBC), The Loafers (BBC North), Notes From The Ditch (BBC South), The Jack Docherty Show (Ch5), Don’t Drink The Water (BBC Challenge), You’re Not Yourself Today (BBC), Five’s Company (Ch5), Strictly Come Dancing (BBC 1)
She is also a TV warm-up artist, and is the regular warm-up for Have I Got News for You (with two appearances as a contestant). Other TV shows she regularly worked on include V Graham Norton, Alistair McGowan's Big Impression, Bremner, Bird and Fortune, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, and Perfect World.
She has been a regular guest on many radio shows: It's Been a Bad Week, The Fred MacAulay Show, The Motion Show, Parsons and Naylor's Pull-Out Section, Quote... Unquote, The Sunday Programme (LBC Radio), The Now Show and Twenty Twenty.
In January 2006 Caulfield recorded her own Radio 4 comedy series: It's That Jo Caulfield Again to much critical acclaim. The Times, Guardian, Observer, Evening Standard and Heat Magazine all made the show their 'Pick Of The Day'. The series was primarily written by Jo Caulfield, and featured regular cast members Vicky Pepperdine, Dave Mounfield and Simon Greenall.
A second series, featuring Sharon Horgan, Alan Francis and simon Greenall, went out in June 2007.
In December 2007 the third series of "It's That Jo Caulfield Again" was broadcast. The cast: Zoe Lyons, Marian Pashley, Moray Hunter and Simon Greenall.
In November 2009 a new series, Jo Caulfield Won't Shut Up!, went out in the 6.30pm comedy slot on Radio 4. The series was primarily written by Jo Caulfield, and featured regular cast members Zoe Lyons, Nick Revel and Simon Greenall. The first show was recorded live at the Edinburgh Festival, with special guest Paul Sneedon.
In June 2010 "Jo Caulfield Won't Shut Up!" was repeated in the 11 o'clock slot on Radio 4.
The series is currently available for purchase via iTunes.
In July/August 2012 Jo presented "Laughing In All The Right Places" for BBC Scotland.
- Jo Caulfield - It's Not That Important (Pleasance Dome/Edinburgh Festival)
- Jo Caulfield - Live (Pleasance Upstairs/Edinburgh Festival)
- Jo Caulfield - It's That Jo Caulfield Again (Pleasance Cabaret Bar/Edinburgh Festival
- Jo Caulfield - Role Model (Pleasance Queen Dome/Edinburgh Festival)
- Jo Caulfield - Who Are You? (Pleasance Cavern/Edinburgh Festival)
- Jo Caulfield - Emotional Warfare (Pleasance Queen Dome/Edinburgh Festival)
- Jo Caulfield - Goes To Hell (Assembly Rooms/Edinburgh Festival)
- Jo Caulfield - Two-Faced Bitch? (Stand Comedy Club/Edinburgh Festival)
- Jo Caulfield - Won't Shut Up! (Stand Comedy Club/Edinburgh Festival)
- Jo Caulfield - Cruel To Be Kind (Stand Comedy Club/Edinburgh Festival)
- Jo Caulfield - Thinking Bad Thoughts (Stand Comedy Club/Edinburgh Festival)
- UK tours
- 2006 Jo Caulfield Live:
- 2008 Jo Caulfield Goes To Hell:
- 2010 Jo Caulfield Won't Shut Up
- 2012 Better The Devil You Know
Caulfield met her husband, Scottish writer Kevin Anderson, after she played at his comedy club, the Hampstead Comedy Clinic in London early into her career. The couple married in New York City in 2002, and live in Edinburgh.
- "Jo Caulfield's Speakeasy returns to Scottish Storytelling Centre". STV. 10 January 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014.