Friday, August 08, 2014

REVIEW: "CANCEL MY SUBSCRIPTION" by One4Review

One4Review review of Cancel My Subscription...

Having had a year off in 2013 Jo Caulfield makes a welcome return to what is a home gig for her now being an Edinburgh resident and the Fringe is the better for her presence.

Of course with the referendum being very much in everybody’s mind Ms Caulfield opens up with a segment on this issue poking fun at both sides and as for the campaigners…

She is in my opinion always an extremely well written and prepared comedian who has bags of top class material and this year’s offering is well up to her normal high standards. Be it drinks with her friends, her husband’s DIY skills, a pre-gig meal at Pizza Express or hotel breaks both in London and Amsterdam, these are all subjects that this creative lady can write extremely funny material about, stories where she is generally the butt of.

As a self-confessed non- joiner in there is not a lot of audience interaction but the occasional forays are non-threatening. She has stage presence in abundance and the packed out crowd at the show I attended hung on every word of the performance.

Do I have a favourite story? Well the silent train story one just shaded it for me so to find out more go see for yourselves. (One4Review.co.uk) August 2014


JO CAULFIELD

"CANCEL MY SUBSCRIPTION"

7.05pm @ STAND COMEDY CLUB

BOX OFFICE: 0131-558-7272

REVIEW: "CANCEL MY SUBSCRIPTION" by Broadway Baby

Broadway Baby review of Cancel My Subscription...

Jo Caulfield is surely one of the most intelligent comedians on the circuit. Not only are her jokes well sculpted, but she manages to keep surprising the audience with further punchlines. With Cancel My Subscription, she has created a smooth and entertaining prospect for audiences.

As Caulfield takes to the stage, she has a supremely confident air about her that comes naturally with her experience, or perhaps it was down to the fact that she found herself in her current stomping-ground of Edinburgh. There is no need for huge energy with her style of comedy, but that is because the material is so strong and the delivery so sound. The best part of Caulfield's comedy is her art of adding further layers to a seemingly simple joke; that is to say that we think we've heard the punchline until Jo slaps an even better one down on the table. And another. And sometimes even another.

The narratives were clearly the strongest part of her comedy and the show was (rightly so) based around this. They teetered on the ridge between the realistic and the absurd, resulting in a few painfully funny outcomes. The depiction of a certain hotel-based incident was a clear audience favourite. The topics took a variety of forms, including the flavour-of-the-month amongst standups this Fringe: the Scottish referendum. However, at times, Caulfield found herself relying on overused topics such as marriage and the male stereotype. Though these were still entertaining.

Caulfield did give some variety to the show, peppering us with some pre-prepared audience gags as opposed to any improvisational genius. She made up for this with the innovative decision to show us her notebook, or the holy grail of her comedy. Trialling some jokes displayed a wonderful strength in depth, some of the big laughs coming from jokes that did not even make the original show. Cancel My Subscription is certainly a safe bet for a great time. (Broadway Baby) August 2014



JO CAULFIELD
  
"CANCEL MY SUBSCRIPTION"
  
7.05pm @ STAND COMEDY CLUB

BOX OFFICE: 0131-558-7272

REVIEW: "CANCEL MY SUBSCRIPTION" by Chortle

Chortle review of Cancel My Subscription...

Year after year, show after show Jo Caulfield pulls in a crowd and entertains them in her world. Cancel My Subscription is a solid show and one which gives the fans exactly what they want; audience banter, insightful observations and brief glimpses into her life. To use a reviewing cliche, it's like having a glass of wine and a chat... or maybe more like the full bottle and a bitch about that 'mare next door.

The material is exactly what you'd expect. There's a brief spot on her husband, who sees to have knack to be gifting her with great material. Married to a Scot and having lived in Edinburgh for three years, it's no surprise Caulfield touches on the referendum before moving on to the Scottish sense of humour. She's not here to talk politics, though, so the whole mood is kept light and upbeat, as is her demeanour.

There's no unifying thread running through the show, but this doesn't matter as most of the crowd are happy just to sit back and enjoy the laughs as they come. The highlight is a longer section about a recent trip to Amsterdam where Caulfield recalls the loss of her writer's notebook, the wealth of random ideas scribbled therein only reinforcing her stature as a prolific and proficient writer.

Indeed, the audience love every second while Caulfield and her acerbic wit look just as relaxed on stage in The Stand as she ever did. It's a confident and settled performance but you wouldn't expect anything else from Caulfield. (Chortle.co.uk)
August 2014 


JO CAULFIELD

"CANCEL MY SUBSCRIPTION"

7.05pm @ STAND COMEDY CLUB

BOX OFFICE: 0131-558-7272

Friday, July 25, 2014

Edinburgh Festival Shows I'm Going To See...

Only a few days now until the Festival kicks off so…

This morning I went through the Edinburgh Fringe Festival brochure with a marker pen. I wasn’t circling shows I wanted to see. I was drawing beards and glasses on Lucy Porter, Jojo Sutherland and Zoe Lyons. By the time I was finished they looked like Mumford and Sons.

Lucy (white wine), JoJo (lager) and Zoe (white wine, lager or whatever’s handy) are three of my favourite comedians. I would definitely recommend you catch them this August because they are all on the game. Sorry! I mean “they are all on the TOP OF THEIR game”.

Plus you get the bonus of visiting 3 different venues: The Stand Comedy Club, The Beehive Inn and The Gilded Balloon. And that’s half the fun of the Festival, isn’t it? Discovering all the hot, damp, badly ventilated rooms. Hey, nothing says FESTIVAL quite like a bacterial incubator. Boom-Tish!

Once again The Stand Comedy Club has a very strong lineup: Stewart Lee, Jo Caulfield, Gavin Webster, Bridget Christie, Jo Caulfield, Phill Jupitus, Mitch Benn, Jo Caulfield, Josie Long, Jo Caulfield, Stephen K Amos, Kerry Godliman, Katherine Ryan, Gary Little and Jo Caulfield.

And Otiz Cannelloni’s “History of Magic”!! Otiz is one of my all-time favourite acts. He’s joyfully stupid with a fantastic deadpan delivery. If you’re aged anywhere between 5 and 105, go see this show. Take the kids. Take the whole family. Dig up a couple of dead relatives. They’ll all enjoy it. I can quite confidently say “if you can name a better comedy/magic show that runs from the 1st to 17th August at 10.45am anywhere else of York Place, I won’t believe you because you’re lying.”

And there’s some great comedians at The Assembly Rooms on George Street. I’ll definitely be going along to see Nick Revell, Scott Capurro and Andrew Maxwell. Or as I call them ‘two tops and a bottom’.

Imagine being a fly on that dressing room wall. I wonder if it’s too late to get a camera crew and sell that as a reality show? “The Battle of the Divas”. I’ll bet Channel 5 would buy it.

Speaking of Comedy Divas…
I like the sound of Abi Roberts “Musical CID” (Gilded Balloon). With her blonde hair, large chest and filthy song lyrics, Abi is everything a young gay man could ever hope to be. 
From what I can gather, “Musical CID” is a comedy confessional show where Abi interviews guest comedians about their favourite songs and videos. It’s shows like this and Viv Groskop’s “The Night I Died” (Bob’s Bookshop) that make the Festival such an exciting playground for comics. They both offer a real chance for comedians to come off-script and let the comedy go to places they didn’t expect.

(I’m a guest on Abi Roberts’ “Musical CID” on Friday 8th August, Gilded Balloon, 12.30pm. Abi asked me to fill in a questionnaire of my favourite records. How many do you agree with? http://blog.jocaulfield.com/2014/07/abi-roberts-musical-cid.html )

Who else has caught my eye? Well, I’m looking forward to seeing visiting American comedian/storyteller Tom Shillue - he’s a friend of a friend and comes highly recommended. And Tom has his own Twitter page, so he must be good.

Every year I recommend Keir McAllister and Vladimir McTavish (“Aye Right? How No?”, Assembly Rooms, 6.30pm) and this year is no different. And I will recommend Keir & Vladimir next year, and the year after that, and the year after that. In fact I will keep on recommending them until they get it right.

This year Keir and Vladimir are tackling the Scottish Independence Referendum … which is a bit like an amateur version of “Britain’s Got Talent” but without the singing. Or the dead relatives. Or the talent. 

Speaking of Scotsmen who drink too much… Gary Little is tipped as the next BIG THING in Scottish comedy. Search “Gary Little dancing story” on YouTube and you’ll see why he’s so highly rated. I’ve worked with him several times and he never fails to nail BIG laughs. (Although let’s be honest, he has trouble following me - because while Gary brings the Comedy, I bring the complete package: Comedy, Style and Modesty.) 

Gary’s at The Stand Comedy Club, as is Gavin Webster. Another of my favourite stand-ups. I make a point of seeing Gavin every year. He’s refreshingly honest and I always leave his shows thinking, “Why didn’t I think of that?”. 

If there was an award for “Best Show Title” Gavin would walk away with it. 
“All Young People Are Cunts” (2011)
“Bill Hick’s Wasn’t Very Good” (2012)
“Don’t Give Any Money To Comic Relief And Other Opinions” (2013)
And this year…?
“A Controversial Title In Order To Sell Tickets” (2014).

OK, that’s enough about The Stand. Apparently there are shows in other venues. Who knew? 

Aidan Goatley is back at The Voodoo Rooms with his fantastic heart-warming show “10 Films With My Dad”.

I love the Voodoo Rooms. They’re dark and Gothic and glamorous and glitzy. It’s a bit like doing a gig in Liza Minnelli’s vagina. And I like Aidan. Although one day I’d like to see him really stretch-out as a performer and tackle “10 Hard Core Porn Films I Watched With My Grandmother”.

And don’t forget, “10 Films With My Dad” is part of the wonderful Free Fringe. That’s right. It’s FREE! So please, please, please, pretend to put some money in the collection box at the end of the show.

So many shows. So many decisions to make. 

Do I go to “Late’n’ Live” (Gilded Balloon, 1am) or “Hate’n’ Live” (Espionage, 11pm)?
Do I go to “Best of Irish Comedy” (Stand Comedy Club, 6pm) or “Best of Singapore Comedy” (The Counting House, 8.45pm)?
Do I go to “Best of the Fest” (Assembly Hall, 11.55pm) or “Very Best of the Fest” (Assembly Rooms, 11.55pm)?

Seriously, what is a girl supposed to do?

In the end I probably won’t go to any of them. Unless they ask me to take part. Fingers-crossed The Counting House has my phone number.

And where do I even begin to start with Bruce Fummey?

Do I go to Bruce’s pro-independence comedy show “Aaah’m Voting Yes” (The Beehive, 6.40pm) or do I go to Bruce’s anti-independence comedy show “Aaah’m Voting No” (Espionage, 9.45pm)?

He’s a smart lad that Bruce Fummey. Last year he performed a show in Gaelic. Yeah - funny, educational, and bilingual. What a clever bastard.

And Mick Ferry! Let’s not forget Mick Ferry. Mick won the “Best UK Live Stand-Up” award last year. Yes, that’s how good he is. I worked with him just a couple of days ago and he was absolutely brilliant! His new show, “What’s Going On?”, is on at Just The Tonic at The Community Project. I think it’s a new venue. Part of the Old Kirk on Candlemaker Row.

One of my fondest memories from last year’s Fringe was walking into CC Blooms for late night drink and finding a bare-chested Mick Ferry, swinging his Harrington jacket round his head, dancing to Rednex’s “Cotton Eyed Joe”. For a big lad, that boy can really move.

Of course it’s not all comedy - I’m also going to see Mitch Benn. Oh relax. I’m joking. I’m not going to see Mitch Benn.

A couple of plays have caught my eyes. I like a bit of theatre coz I is nuffink if not a fuckin’ classy bird. And I’m a big fan of Tony Hancock so I’ll make a point of catching “Hancock’s Last Half Hour” by Heathcote Williams (Assembly Rooms, 12 noon)

Why would I want to see a play about a down-on-their-luck alcoholic comedian, committing suicide in an Australian hotel room? Well change Australian hotel room to the Jongluers Portsmouth dressing room and it all becomes obvious.

Anyway, it’s a Festival. Come on, let’s get upbeat again. Do you want to have fun? I can’t hear you. I said, “Do you want to HAVE FUN?” YES, yes of course you do. Well answer me this, does anything say GOOD TIMES more than a series of spoken word performances?

That’s right. Warren Lakin and Mike McCarthy are back at The Assembly Rooms with a whole smorgasbord of writers, thinkers, drinkers and modern philosophers. PARTY ON DUDES!

Mary Beard, Steve Richards, Simon Singh, John O’Farrell, Richard (“Is he or isn’t he?”) Wiseman, and Owen (“Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class”) Jones… Each one is an hour that’s guaranteed to make you sit up and think.
I’m especially looking forward to Tanya Bryon’s “The Skeleton Cupboard: The Making Of A Clinical Psychologist”, where Tanya shares powerful stories from her years of training as a clinical psychologist and highlights the struggles of patients and staff alike on the journey from chaos to clarity. I don’t actually know anything about psychology, I just want to ask Tanya where she gets her hair done.

Apart from that… I suppose this year we’ll see another bunch of “Are women funny?” articles. That seems to be the easiest article for a bad journalist to write. That or “I'm a reviewer and I decided to try standup comedy”. Who gives a fuck? I really find those articles insulting. They are the equivalent of me saying, “I'm going to give journalism a try”. Actually I did give it a try. I wrote this. And you know what? It was a piece of piss. 

All you need is a pen and notebook and a deep-seated hatred for anyone funnier than yourself.

Oh yeah, almost forgot - I’m doing a show. “Cancel My Subscription” - Stand Comedy Club, 7.05pm

It’s a show for anyone who’s ever wanted to scream: “Oh shut up! YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT!” 

No gimmicks. No powerpoint displays. No riding a bike across Southern Indonesia.

Just me and a microphone. You can get all the details here: 
http://blog.jocaulfield.com/2014/07/cancel-my-subscription.html 

OK that’s it. I genuinely recommend ALL of these shows. YES, I know a lot of the people involved but I didn’t let that sway me. They all make me laugh(*).

See you in a couple of weeks with some more ‘Festival Shows I’m Going To See’.

Love

Jo x

(*) They all paid me.

Jo Caulfield : “Cancel My Subscription”, Stand Comedy Club, 7.05pm
Nick Revell : “Closet Optimist”, Assembly Rooms, 6.45pm
Scott Capurro : “Islamohomophobia”, Assembly Rooms, 10pm 
Andrew Maxwell : “Hubble Bubble”, Assembly Rooms, 10.20pm
Mitch Benn : “Don’t Believe A Word”, Stand Comedy Club, 3pm
Lucy Porter : “Me Time”, Stand Comedy Club, 12.50pm
JoJo Sutherland : “In Conversation”, The Beehive, 1.30pm

Zoe Lyons : “Mustard Cutter”, Gilded Balloon, 7pm

Monday, July 14, 2014

CANCEL MY SUBSCRIPTION

EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL 2014


Award-winning comedian Jo Caulfield presents a brand new EDINBURGH FESTIVAL show. 

“CANCEL MY SUBSCRIPTION” is pure stand-up comedy. There are no gimmicks - simply Jo Caulfield and her biting acerbic tongue. This is the show for anyone who has ever wanted to scream: “Please shut up - YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT!” 

Audiences can expect razor-sharp observations and scandalous one-liners as Jo Caulfield shares her opinions on everything from women who always pick the wrong partner and men who continually quote gangster films, to families arguing on trains and the growth of passive-aggressive corporate friendliness.

Jo also confesses to a romantic break that almost ended in divorce, re-enacts the world’s WORST birthday party and explains why her husband could never be a serial killer.


And the show will be finished by 8.05pm so we can all go for drinks afterwards. 
Or let's ditch the show and go for drinks instead??

“Many of the points Jo Caulfield makes about the human condition would have sociologists stroking their beards in admiration, but her audiences tend to be laughing too much to notice" - The Times.

THE STAND COMEDY CLUB
5 YORK PLACE
EDINBURGH EH1 3EB

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Abi Roberts' Musical CID

I'm a guest on "Abi Roberts' Musical CID" at the Edinburgh Festival this August.

FRIDAY 8th AUGUST - 12.30pm - GILDED BALLOON

Abi's show is all abut music and the guests favourite records/songs/videos/etc

I filled in this questionnaire for it...

What music do you first remember listening to when you were a child?

Kids TV theme tunes: especially The Double Deckers. They lived in a bus, in London. I lived in London. I wanted to live in a bus.

Josie & The Pussycats cartoon theme. I wanted to be the blonde drummer.

What was the first single/album/CD you bought?

Single: Long Haired Lover From Liverpool by Jimmy Osmond.

Album: It was either The Police, The Slits or Talking Heads. I want to say Slits, but probably The Police.

CD: I didn’t have a CD player for ages. I had 1000’s of cassettes. 1st CD was The Pretenders Greatest Hits. 

What was the song you had your first kiss to or the song that was the background music to your first date/love affair?

Please Don’t Go by KC & The Sunshine Band 

What is or was the music you get ready to for a night out? 

Groove Is In The Heart by Deee-Lite

Ride On Time by Black Box

What’s your favourite music video? 

I didn’t really watch MTV. I was into the Rockabilly scene. I played drums VERY BADLY in a Rockabilly band. We were like The Cramps. But without the songs. Or the talent.

Prince Charming by Adam & The Ants. I liked the dance routine.

Most Madonna videos - as a waitress we’d dance around to them in the restaurant.

What’s your least favourite music video?

Hello by Lionel Richie. The weird pervy bloke stalking the blind girl. There was something deeply strange about that.

Michael Jackson. All of them. I thought his dancing was ridiculous. I only liked the early Jackson 5 stuff.

What is your “guilty pleasure” music on your IPod? (what song/artist would you NOT want your mates to know you listened to?)

Don’t have any. Don’t believe in ‘guilty pleasure’. You either like it or you don’t. You wouldn’t say that about food: “Spinach is my guilty pleasure, don’t tell anyone” … or footwear: “I’m so ashamed to admit this but I like Clarks black patent leather pumps”. Makes no sense to me.

What music/songs get you in the mood or fire you up on the way to a gig (on your IPod/car stereo etc)?

Anything loud and noisy. Anything that gets the adrenaline flowing.

The Ramones.

Love Is All Around by Joan Jett. (Brilliant cover of Mary Tyler Moore TV show theme tune)

Cruel To Be Kind by Letters To Cleo. (Harder, faster version of Nick Lowe song)

If you were doing the O2 arena, what music would you walk on to? 

Mr Big Stuff by Jean Knight.

I don’t like big guitar riff’s, then a comedian coming out and saying “Hello…”. I feel let down and want the music to keep playing.

If you had to rescue just ONE album from a fire, what album would it be and what track would you play?

I’d rescue London Calling by The Clash and play Train In Vain.

Or I’d rescue everything by The Rolling Stones. Everything!

What’s your favourite lyrics in a song and in your opinion? 

“I will give you my finest hour, the one I spent watching you shower, I will give you my finest hour, oh yeah.
All I want is a photo in my wallet, a small remembrance of something more solid, all I want is a picture of you” - Picture This by Blondie.

I listen to a lot of Lou Reed and Biggie Smalls. They have great lyrics. 

If you were single and fancied someone, what 3 tracks would you put on a mix-tape for that person? 

1) If I Can’t Have You by Yvonne Elliman.

2) Every Breath You Take by The Police.

3) Stan by Eminem.

That would say: ‘I’m available and interested, with just the correct hint of threatening menace’. Reject me at your peril.

What would be your self-indulgent break-up/being dumped song?

No Regrets by Scott Walker.

Nothing Compares To You by Sinead O’Conner.

What is/has been your ‘sexy-time’ song? 

Calling it ‘sexy-time’ has put me right off!

Anything that makes me think of my husband: something by Dexys Midnight Runners or something by Joe Strummer - yeah, “Arms Aloft” by Joe Strummer.

What makes you want to get up and DANCE?

Anything by KC & The Sunshine Band.

Soul City Walking by Archie Bell & The Drells.

Free Your Mind by En Vogue.

The Temptations.

70’s funk.

What music makes you sit down/retire from the dance floor? 

Modern R & B  divas - can’t stand all the vocal gymnastics. 

Cheap tiny techno music played in most bars. Thump. Thump. Thump.

What music would you/did you have for the first dance at your wedding? 

We didn’t dance. We walked through New York holding hands.

What’s your favourite piece of classical music and why?

I don’t know anything about *real* classical music.

I’ve got a lot of experimental classic pieces by people like John Cale (Paris 1919) and Philip Glass (Koyaanisqatsi). I think they’re a bit more sound track-y?

What music do you want played at your funeral?  

A mashup of the Hancock’s Half Hour theme tune and KC & The Sunshine Band.

What is your chosen karaoke song?


Free Your Mind by En Vogue. Especially the spoken intro.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The Speakeasy - Tuesday 10th June

THE SPEAKEASY at The Scottish Storytelling Centre

TUESDAY 10th JUNE 

LAST SPEAKEASY OF THE SEASON
(DON'T WORRY - WE RETURN ON 14th OCTOBER)

We have another fantastic lineup of storytellers, comedians, sketches and hopefully a bit of music and a short film of Leith... with...
Jo Caulfield (Me! I'm best! Forget the others!)
Juliette Burton
Bruce Devlin
Wild Card Kitty
Jo Clifford
Loud Poets
A short Play/Sketch
A short film (maybe?)
...and someone else I can't remember.

Tickets are on sale now: 0131-556-9579

The best way to find out about The Speakeasy is to follow the our Twitter account
@SpeakeasyED

This might also interest you...?

JO CAULFIELD - "CANCEL MY SUBSCRIPTION"
EDINBURGH FESTIVAL
August 1st to August 24th
7.05pm
At The Stand Comedy Club, 5 York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EB

This is my NEW show. You've not heard any of it. I'll be talking about the IndyRef (where does Nicola Sturgeon get her clothes? I thought C&A's closed down years ago? And what's with Joann Lamont's teeth? When she smiles it's like Stonehenge). There'll be some stuff (a lot!) about my husband and his failed attempts at D.I.Y. And I'll tell you about a dirty weekend I had in London. Basically it's jokes and stories. And probably the funniest thing you'll see in The Stand Comedy Club at 7.05pm. Probably.

By playing at The Stand Comedy Club I can keep the ticket price at £10 - which is important to me because The Fringe Festival is great but getting far too expensive. It's a real shame how the prices have spiralled out of control. And by going on a 7.05pm we can all go for a drink afterwards...and that's the main thing, isn't it? I'm thinking we all hit the Bow Bar. Or The Jolly Judge. Or Mathers if the footballs on. Mind you, I quite like The Lioness of Leith. Or The Central! Come on, who doesn't love The Central? Play your cards right and we could all end up in the Port O' Leith. That's probably my favourite Saturday night destination. Last time I was in the Port O' Leith a strange man sold me a leather belt for £3.00. If you've never been, you should definitely give it a visit. It's like being on ecstasy without actually being on ecstasy. Yeah, let's do that. Let's all go there. In fact let's not waste any time, let's go tonight! 

Oh yeah, sorry, my show.... here's the link: 

The show is called "Cancel My Subscription"
Quite apt really.

If you've read this far I can tell you the important bit: My Edinburgh Fringe Festival show helps finance The Speakeasy. That's how I can keep the Speakeasy ticket price at £6.00. 
Anyway... Two of my Fringe Festival shows (Monday 4th August and Tuesday 5th August) will be at a super-low price. Tickets are 2-for-1 .... and on sale NOW. 
I'd rather the Speakeasy regulars on the mailing list got first chance to grab these. So that's a win-win situation. You all save money and support the up-keep of The Speakeasy. And then we all get hammered at the Port O' Leith.
Love ya

Jo x