“One of the finest female comics at work.” – The Observer
Whether you’ve seen her on television programmes such as Have I Got News For You (2005-2017) or Mock the Week (2007-2012), heard her on radio shows including Just a Minute and Steve Wright in the Afternoon, or caught her live at one of her award-winning shows, the chances are, you are already familiar with Jo Caulfield’s work.
Jo Caulfield can regularly be seen headlining some of the UK’s best comedy clubs as well as speaking at and hosting events for many of the world’s leading brands.
It was whilst working as a waitress in London that Jo Caulfield got her first taste of comedy, entering an open mic night whilst somewhat drunk. Unfortunately, whilst her alcohol-fuelled state took care of any first-night nerves, it did little to help her remember what she was talking about. But the spark had been lit, and she became determined to take comedy seriously. Working her way up the ranks over the next few years, she soon made a name for herself on the circuit, landing bigger and better gigs.
See Jo on the John Bishop show…
Since her first show in 2001, Jo has performed in dozens of live shows, particularly at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, but also up and down the country. Her shows include It’s Not That Important, It’s That Jo Caulfield Again, Emotional Warfare, The Customer is Always Wrong, Cruel To Be Kind and Older Wiser Smarter Meaner.
She also created and hosted a regular spoken work and comedy evening at the Scottish Storytelling Centre called The Speakeasy. The TV-length series brought together comedians, storytellers and performers to share a little something with the audience, whether it be a funny tale of something that has happened to them, or personal stories of family life.
As well as her live shows, Jo is a familiar face on our TV screens and voice on our radio waves.
Her comedy TV appearances include Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (2009), Never Mind the Buzzcocks (2001-2005), Dawn French’s Girls Who Do Comedy (2006), Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, and World Stand’s Up (2004). She has also appeared on topical panel and news shows such as The Nation’s Favourite Cheap Television List Programme, The Wright Stuff (2010-2011), It Takes Two (2008), The Politics Show (2011) and The One Show (2008).
She has had several series on Radio 4 including It’s That Jo Caulfield Again and Jo Caulfield Won’t Shut Up, and is a regular guest on Radio 5’s Fighting Talk. Over the years, her quick wit has been in demand on numerous radio shows from The News Quiz on BBC Radio 4 and The Steve Wright Show on BBC Radio 2.
Thanks to her popularity and hilarious comedy, Jo has been the recipient of a number of awards and accolades, including the Spirit of the Fringe Award in 2017 and the Circuit Comedian of the Year in 2021. She has also been nominated for the Best Female Comedian 2002 at the Chortle Awards, Best Compere 2004 at the Chortle Awards and was named as one of the 100 greatest stand-ups by Channel 4.
Jo is now as recognised for her behind-the-scenes work as her live stage performances. She was the comedy writer for the Channel 4 shows So Graham Norton (1998) and Get a Grip on Sex, head writer for the BBC’s Strictly Dance Fever (2005) and Waiting Game, as well as writing for Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 4, Radio 5 and BBC Scotland.
Jo is now in regular demand as an awards host or after-dinner speaker at a wide range of events across the country. She has appeared at corporate dinners business lunches, award ceremonies, charity events and many more.
Her accessible, warm sense of humour, and sharp wit, coupled with her ability to tailor her material specifically to any occasion, makes her a natural choice for corporate engagements. She has entertained clients from Paris to Amsterdam, Los Angeles to Singapore, Dubai to Munich, and in venues such as The Grosvenor House Hotel and Stirling Castle.
Over the past two decades, Jo as hosted and appeared at hundreds of award ceremonies, events and after-dinner occasions such as the Scottish Life Sciences Awards, Richmond Retail and eCommerce Forum, Herald Law Awards, Pizza & Pasta Awards, Citywire South West Dinner, Lord Taverners Lunch, The Charity Times Awards, the Scottish Design Awards, the Historic Scotland Burn’s Supper, Kent Wedding Awards and the Avon Cosmetics Conference, amongst many others.
Jo is in regular demand as a host and speaker at private, public, charity and corporate events across the globe. She has worked with companies to help their public speaking, with a particular focus on women to gain confidence in speaking in public and in meetings.
Jo was great. She was timely, and funny, used the whole 15 min for her skit and made sure the awards didn’t finish before 22.20 which was really good. She was great with the crowd and the jokes landed well. We were a bit concerned as she made jokes about all of our sponsors individually but they did all enjoy it and it was all superficial so I don’t think anyone got offended. However, I would say if we had more sponsors it would have been a bit too long to talk about them individually. Overall it was a great night and everyone had a good time, I hope Jo enjoyed it too!:)
Great British Speakers client
Everyone was thoroughly impressed with Jo’s commitment to the evening. She clearly did her homework. Her dedication to the role was obvious. I would have no hesitation in recommending her.
The audience loved it. They had many opportunities to interact with Jo and feel like part of the event. Many said Jo was the best entertainment we had so far.
The ‘I’ll do 20 minutes and see how it goes’ turned into 40 minutes of hilarious stories and tailored material for the CIPD audience. I didn’t speak to a single person who wasn’t impressed. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Jo and will definitely plan to work with her again.
I have worked with Jo on many events over the past 2 years and she is very professional and a delight to work with. She is happy to chat to guests and be a part of the event. Her comic intro always goes down well with a professional crowd. Great comedian to work with.
Jo was excellent and really engaged with our teams. Her humour struck the right chord and she received very good feedback from all.
Jo was professional, friendly and hilarious.
DB Cargo AG
Jo did her research, was thorough with preparation, a joy on the night and delivered bang on brand.
This is Lex
Jo did a completely fantastic job – better than I have seen in a decade of going to awards dinners.
Susanna, Flying Trumpets
A lovely lady, Jo had done so much research on our industry and the delegates. It really paid off. A total delight and so funny.
Advantage Travel Centres Ltd.
Jo Caulfield is incapable of doing a bad show, so sharp is her tongue and so in tandem is it with her mischievous mind.