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Caulfield at The Late Show (2002)
|Birth name||Josephine Caulfield|
26 September 1965 |
Wales, United Kingdom
|Medium||Stand-up, television, radio|
Josephine Caulfield (born 26 September 1965) is a British actress, writer and comedian.
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 microphone and amplifier, 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 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.
Caulfield'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 Darwin 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.
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.
In July/August 2012 Jo presented "Laughing In All The Right Places" for BBC Scotland.