Jo Caulfield comes to the Barn

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Whether you know it or not, the odds of you having laughed out loud to comedian Jo Caulfield’s sharp and brilliantly-crafted wit are pretty high.

Head writer for Graham Norton for some years, as well as writer for the Steve Wright Show, and Strictly Dance Fever (BBC3), Jo has also written for Ruby Wax, Joan Rivers, Anne Robinson, Denise Van Outen, and Ant & Dec among others.

The comedian is equally at home fronting her own shows on BBC Radio 4 or taking part in some of the nation’s favourite panel games such as Mock the Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Have I Got News For You.

Add a busy tour schedule and the fact that her solo shows have become some of the fastest ticket sellers at the Edinburgh Festival, and it goes without saying that fans of her “sharp, on-the-nose but always likable observational comedy” will jump at the chance to see Caulfield when she takes to the stage at Woodend Barn on February 9 .

The recipient of numerous comedy awards, countless nominations and reviews that hail her as “an inspiration to all would-be female comedians”, Caulfield cites the matey comedy of Billy Connolly and the self-deprecating bitchiness of Joan Rivers among her major influences.

At 17 she left her East Midlands home and moved to London. It was there, while working as a waitress, that Caulfield got her first taste of stand-up, drunkenly entering an open mike competition.

Although she claims it just meant that all the other stand-up comics were even more dire than she was, Caulfield won the competition and hasn’t looked back since.

In a review earlier this month, The Scotsman wrote: “Jo Caulfield is incapable of doing a bad show, so sharp is her tongue and so in tandem is it with her mischievous mind. She is, quite simply, a damn funny woman.”

Tickets for the 8pm show are priced at £10 (£8) in advance or £11 (£9) on the door, nd are available from Woodend Barn 01330 825431 or visit www.woodendbarn.co.uk