Comedian Jo will be devilishly good fun

Jo Caulfield
Jo Caulfield

Her first steps into comedy have a vague feel of a Human League song.

More than a decade ago, Jo Caulfield was working as a waitress – albeit in an Italian Restaurant – when she drunkenly entered a weekly open mic competition at The Comedy Café in East London.

She hadn’t prepared anything. She could hardly speak, let alone stand. But guess what, she won.

And she was asked back for a 10-minute booking the following week.

Her comedy career was born. And she has been on the road to success ever since.

Not only is she a regular on shows such as Mock The Week, but she has performed around the globe and been nominated as Funniest Woman (LAFTA Awards) and Best Female Stand-Up (Chortle Awards).

And over the next couple of days, Jo will bring her razor-sharp observational comedy and scandalous one-liners to north Northumberland, as part of her latest tour, Better The Devil You Know.

Tomorrow, she will perform at The Maltings, Berwick, before taking to the stage at Alnwick Playhouse on Saturday.

“The tour’s going well,” said Jo, who has taken the show to the likes of Leeds, Brighton and Swindon.

And she admits that some of the inspiration for it came from a chance discussion.

“I mentioned recently that I got married in New York and got chatting to someone who had done the same thing. Apparently when you get back to Britain you have to fill in forms to make the marriage legal.

“I didn’t know you had to do that. This would mean I might still be single.

“So it seemed like a good time to have an appraisal of my husband, after which I thought that it is better the devil you know.

“It also got me thinking that ‘if I could make all my big life choices again, would I do the same things?’ That’s what the show is about.”

Jo finds inspiration for her gags from a variety of sources and even plans to throw some locally-themed laughs into the mix.

She said: “I like to have a look around each place I visit and find something about that particular place to mention in the show. It makes each show different and makes the comedy live.”