Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Podcast Recording

In January & February I'll be doing this...
The Skinny called the last show: "One of the most thrilling comedy experiences available in Scotland"
One4Review said it was a "must see monthly event"...
...and The Scotsman said "it's a brave and interesting Petri dish of comedy, out of which comes some intriguing creations and ideas"

... Ooh, get us! We're Arty.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Findhorn Review - December 2011

Cruelty...of a kind (Northern Scot review)

There was no mercy for those sitting in the front row at Jo Caulfield's comedy gig in the Universal Hall, Findhorn, last Saturday. The comedienne makes short work of probing her audience as a source for some hilarious banter.

Born in Wales to Irish parents, and raised in the Midlands, Jo cut her teeth as a comedienne while waitressing in London in her early twenties. After winning an open-mic comedy competition, she set up her own comedy club in a pub in Hampstead, north London, and spent five years learning to work a live audience. During this time she developed the hallmark fluency that she uses to ad lib through much of her set, blending her own material with anecdotal asides drawn from the room.
Since then, Jo has toured nationally and internationally, doing gigs in the US, across Europe and Asia, as well as several UK tours, including appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe and London's biggest comedy clubs.

She has worked for the BBC as a warm-up act for programmes such as 'Have I Got News For You', and as a comedy writer on many shows. She has received considerable critical acclaim, including being likened to her own inspiration, Joan Rivers.
Known for her acerbic humour, Jo Caulfield is democratic with her comedy, shining the light on her nearest and dearest as well as working the audience. In this show, 'Cruel to be Kind', she covered things that anger or annoy her, from irritating girlfriends to self-scan checkouts. She also collects pet peeves from her audience during the show to add more grist to the comedy mill.
With her wicked grin and a twinkle in the eye, Jo Caulfield makes an entertaining tour-guide around the absurd frustrations of modern society. After seeing this show, you may never view your world in quite the same way again.

Published 09/12/2011

Original review HERE

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

The Skinny review of The Comedy Collective...

What the Hell is going on at...Jo Caulfield's Comedy Collective?


PREVIEW BY BERNARD O'LEARY.
PUBLISHED 01 DECEMBER 2011

Comedians and comedy audiences can sometimes grow weary of each other. If you're a regular comedy-goer, you'll find your patience wearing thin with hearing acts that are fundamentally the same, over and over again. So thanks be to Jo Caulfield for riding to the rescue and providing something a bit different with monthly night the Comedy Collective.

Caulfield provides ballast to the proceedings, bringing a bit of that's-her-off-the-telly glamour and warming the crowd up nicely with her considerable MCing skills. She also carefully reminds everyone that tonight is about the audience taking a risk as much as the comedians. Some bits might be shit, but we should keep faith with the spirit of the show. She's really good at this, making the audience feel less like customers and more like conspirators, sitting in a dingy basment and plotting a comedy revolution.

The acts are a nicely chosen selection of reliable pros and enthusiastic up-and-comers. The normal pecking order is abandoned and in tonight's performance we get to see two collaborations between comedians at different levels of experience: Vladimir McTavish and Gareth Waugh line up as Edinburgh's worst improv duo, while JoJo Sutherland appears in a sketch as Eleanor Morton's mum. Further permutations include Keara Murphy doing a lecture-style piece co-written by Spencer Adair, while established duo Jay Lafferty and Dee Custance get to collaborate with some penguin costumes (available in Asda, according to Caulifeld).

The highlight of these experiments is a new panel show called The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, with Keir McAllister, Graeme Thomas and Richard Melvin. The format owes a little to Dave's Argumentalseries, but like all panel shows it's really the chemistry of the performers that matters, and these three really click. This section is set to take on a life of its own with a series of six podcast recordings scheduled for the start of next year.

There's a unique atmosphere at this gig. Some bits, understandably, don't work very well, but the audience get behind every act, and the comedians seem to thrive on the positivity. Tonight, we're rewarded for our good spirits with an appearance by improv masters Stu & Garry who do a Newsnight-style review of the preceding acts. If Caulfield is the foundation of the Comedy Collective, Stu & Garry are the dollop of cream on top. They're agonisingly funny and the perfect ending to one of the most thrilling comedy experiences available in Scotland.

Original review HERE

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Occupy Wall Street

Love this picture.


Cartoon by... Damn, forgot his name!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Review of Comedy Collective (24 Nov 2011)

Review of the Edinburgh Comedy Collective at The Stand Comedy Club

24/11/2011 by One4Review


Now for those of you who are regular visitors to this site will be aware that we at one4review are big fans of the Stand Comedy Club, and this reviewer is also a huge admirer of Jo Caulfield too. So imagine my delight to see Jo and friends performing this different comedy night on which is sure to become a ‘must see’ monthly event.


This is no normal comedy night. Hell no! Not 4 acts and a compere here, although we do have a selection of some of the best comics on the circuit appearing and of course Ms Caulfield as mein host is in charge, what we do have is, character comedy, sketches, impro comedy and even a excerpt of a comedy game show all linked with laughter and style by our impeccable hostess.
Having done a successful warm-up of the enthusiastic Wednesday night crowd, she introduced the first double act, up and coming Gareth Waugh joined forces with his ‘dad’, the ever popular Vladimir McTavish as ‘The Third most popular Impro group in South Edinburgh.’ This was a nice and gentle set to get things moving, and engaged with the crowd from the off. The packed programme restricted them to a short spot but one that was well worth witnessing.


Character comedy continued next as two penguins fro BBC One’s Nature programme graced the stage. These two chatting between takes had an interesting yet funny take of bird life, complete with penguin gags, yet well hidden in their costumes Jay Lafferty and Dee Custance played their slightly quirky set as only they can and there is plenty of scope in their set for development.
Following the first interval Keira Murphy was the lady in the spotlight and showcased her comedy acting and mimicry talents while delivering a very funny and well written set on the history of women in TV. As always Ms Murphy’s stage presence is imposing and it was good to see her performing once again at the very top of her game.


Close on her heels was a sneak preview of a game show that will be recorded in the New Year and featured Richard Melvin as host of ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’. The game, similar in some ways to Dave’s ‘Argumental’, pitted the very considerable talents of Keir McAllister and Graeme Thomas presenting the case either for or against topics taken from the recent news, the winning argument being judged on audience reactions. This of course gave these guys plenty of scope to duel with each other and howls of laughter were the order of the day from the packed crowd. I certainly could have stood far more of this section.


Heading towards the end now and following the brief second interval a teenage ghost, okay Eleanor Morton with a sheet and a baseball cap, had a few minutes of surreal humour prior to being dragged away by overbearing mother Jojo Sutherland. This I’m afraid was the only part of prceedings that for me anyway didn’t work, but they gave it a go, it was something that the concept of the night was designed to encourage taking people out of their comfort zone after all.
All over then? Not yet!! We needed a review of proceedings, other than mine that is, and who better than those intrepid Impro all stars Stu Murphy and Garry Dobson. Employing their pet impro game ‘Should have said’. These two brought the show to new heights with an absolute hoot of a performance as the man from Radio 4 discussing with Aussie commentator Murphy the whole proceedings.


At that was it. A long night, but an absolute belter. It was good to see so many weel kent faces doing things other than their sets. This had the enjoyment factor flowing from the stage too, it was almost palpable as they watched what their peers where getting up to.
I feel that the concept of this show has a potential cult following, and I’m sure acts too will be queuing up to perform. As no doubt will the audiences too. I was forced by circumstances to miss the first couple of the series, a mistake that will not happen again I can assure you.
For details of all the shows on offer at The Stand at Edinburgh, Glasgow or the new venture in Newcastle then check out the website www.thestand.co.uk

Reviewed by Geoff

Original Review here

Monday, November 14, 2011

Edinburgh Comedy Collective - 23rd November

Jo Caulfield's Comedy Collective

The Stand Comedy Club, 5 York Place Edinburgh

BOOK TICKETS: 0131 558 7272

Jo Caulfield presents an evening where Edinburgh’s finest comedians experiment with the medium of stand-up. Expect something a little bit different. Expect stand-up, sketches, character comedy....and comedians crying as it all goes wrong.

Featuring:

Gareth Waugh & Vladimir McTavish - the World’s WORST Improv act.

Eleanor Morton & Jojo Sutherland - the World’s WORST Musical act.

Comedians Graeme Thomas and Kier McAllistair go head-to-head in “The Joke-Off”.

Impressionist Keara Murphy pretends to be other people.

Joe Heenan performs as “Fred Nostradamus”, the slightly dangerous stuntman.

Comedians Jay Lafferty and Dee somebody (I want to say Cousins?) are booked to do something but haven't told me what it is. It probably involves kittens & cup cakes & girlie things.

Comedy double-act Stu & Gary will probably get drunk and insult the cast, the audience and the bar staff. Again.

Doors: 7.30pm Show: 8.30pm Tickets: £5.00 Members:£4.00

Monday, September 12, 2011

Article I Wrote: Food In Edinburgh

I Certainly Will Have Had My Tea - published in Edinburgh Evening News
12th September 2011

Here we are in the middle of an economic recession, mass unemployment and rising house prices - and how does Edinburgh react? By eating cupcakes.
I've never seen so many cupcake shops before.

Bibi's Bakery, Cuckoo's Bakery, Candy Cupcake, Ever So Sweet - you can't swing a cat in this town without hitting a moist buttercream cake covered in chocolate sprinkles.

I'm not complaining I have a sweet tooth. I also have a savoury tooth. OK, I'll admit it, I just love food. Which is a good thing because Edinburgh has a lot of interesting eateries.

There's a fish and chip shop on the Grassmarket that'll deep-fry anything. Mars bars, hamburgers, salads, heart disease tablets. You bring it in - they'll stick it in the fryer and try to kill you.

Don't you wish fish and chip shops still wrapped their food in newspapers? Come on, just think how much more enjoyable this column would be if it came with a mince pie.

There's a couple of great Italian restaurants at the top of Leith Walk and another great one on North Bridge.

I really like Italian food but I've never understood their preoccupation with the pepper mill. In any other restaurant anywhere in the world the salt and pepper are on the table - but not in Italian restaurants. The waiter will bring a big mill to the table and sprinkle pepper onto your food. Why can't I do that? You trust me with a fork and knife - why don't you trust me with the pepper mill? Maybe they think I'll run amok, seasoning the food of nearby dinners?

I'm a big fan of Mums on Forrest Road. I like their simple comfort food. And I like the service. They're very attentive. And that's something I know a lot about because before I stumbled into the world of comedy I was a waitress. I was a waitress for many, many years. But I was a real maverick waitress. I played by my own rules. I took orders from no one.

I once served Sir George Martin in a North London bistro, and I don't care if he is referred to as "the Fifth Beatle" and considered to be one of the greatest record producers of all time, he only left a £1.50 tip on a £70 meal!

That explains why I prefer the Rolling Stones over the Beatles. It also explains the surprise Sir George will have received when he got home and opened his doggy bag of leftovers.

So, you've got the food right and you've got the service right, what else do you need for a good restaurant? The layout.

We visited a bar/restaurant on Rose Street recently. We were shown to our table and it was only after sitting down I realised I was opposite the door to the gents toilets. Every couple of minutes another man would enter or exit giving me a clear view into the gents. Not a pretty sight when you're trying to eat. It put me straight off my plate of chipolatas.

Still, it could have been worse - Victor Palsson could have been there.
I don't like restaurants that use a "Please Wait Here To Be Seated" sign. Especially when the restaurant is empty. And you're dining alone.

Last year I turned up early for
my show at the Futurist Theatre in Scarborough. I was cold, I was tired after a long drive and I hadn't eaten all day so after the soundcheck I went to the Pizza Express next door and they seated me in the window. As someone who worked in restaurants I can tell you this is a trick to drum up business. Seat people by the window and it gives passersby the illusion the restaurant is busy and they will subconsciously remember it next time they're planning on eating out.Sounds like a great idea doesn't it? But I travel to most of my shows on my own. Its just me and a microphone. I don't need a tour manager, or roadies, or a personal assistant. It's just me. So the idea of sticking me in the window as an advert didn't really work. Not unless they were selling the idea of one slightly p***ed-off looking woman eating on her own. That's quite sad.
To make matters worse, the audience started queuing for my show - right outside the Pizza Express window.

Half way through my dinner I became aware that 200 people were standing outside the restaurant watching me. Waiting for me to do something funny. I don't know if you've ever tried to entertain a 200 strong audience through the method of mime, armed only with a Fiorentina Pizza - its not as easy as you'd think.

I'm still getting to know my neighbours so I ended the week off by inviting Shirley from next door in for afternoon tea. Big mistake. The water was boiling when I realised I'd run out of tea bags. I frantically searched through the cupboard and eventually found a box of posh tea I'd been given last Christmas. I don't know if Shirley thought I was slightly pretentious or slightly crazy as I served her a cup of Fortnum and Mason's finest Duchy Darjeeling - with a mixed plate of Jammy Dodgers and Tunnock's Caramel Wafers.

That's what you do here in Edinburgh, isn't it?

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Edinburgh Comedy Collective - September

Tuesday 27th September

Jo Caulfield's Comedy Collective

The Stand Comedy Club, 5 York Place Edinburgh

BOOK TICKETS: 0131 558 7272

Jo Caulfield presents an evening where Edinburgh’s finest comedians experiment with the medium of stand-up. Expect something a little bit different. Expect stand-up, sketches, character comedy....even a bit of Impro.

Featuring: standup comedians Graeme Thomas, Keir McAllister and Lucy Oldham, Improvised comedy masters Stu & Gary, double act Gareth Waugh & Eleanor Morton, impressionist Keara Murphy performing the Tweets of Spencer Adair, comedy actor Jeff O'Boyle as "Barry Sancerre", the legend that is Jim Park.

Doors: 7.30pm Show: 8.30pm Tickets: £5.00 Members: £4.00

Monday, August 29, 2011

Edinburgh Evening News Column

I wrote this for the Edinburgh Evening News - published 29th Aug 2011

They wanted my take on living in Edinburgh:


Jo Caulfield: Express service through festival


I've just got back home to Edinburgh from a week of shows in London and I have to say, "Wow! What a train journey".

The scenery from Newcastle to Edinburgh is breathtaking. All along the coast, the craggy cliffs, the crashing waves, simply breathtaking. I actually came out of the toilet and stood in the carriageway for a better view. I thought, "I don't care if the ticket inspector catches me, this is definitely worth paying for".


Arriving at Waverley Station I couldn't believe it when I overheard some locals complaining about the crowds of tourists and all the visiting performers. Stop it! Don't be like that, Edinburgh! Be thankful for what you've got. Glasgow would love to have your Castle, Aberdeen would love to have your festival, and Dundee would love to have any old clothes or shoes you don't need.


See what I did there? I used Dundee as a punchline. I did that because I've been told by several Scottish comedians that Dundee is the perfect victim for jokes about Scotland. Obviously those comedians have never been to Peterhead.


See what I did there? I used Peterhead as a punchline.


Mind you, the crowds during August can get a bit tiresome. Last night I got stuck behind several hundred pensioners coming out of the Tattoo, heading for their tour coaches - it was like watching one very long episode of Walking With Dinosaurs.


So we're into the final days of the festival. Personally I'm looking forward to getting my front room back. I've had a rotation of family members, friends and comedians sleeping on my couch. My front room has been like Piccadilly Circus. Which is like Hunter Square - but with lower cholesterol.


But there are some things I don't like about the festival.


I don't like the "Edinburgh Festival Look-Around" - this is when you're speaking to somebody and you know they're not listening because they won't look you straight in the eye as they're far too busy looking over your shoulder to try and find someone more interesting to talk to. Oh well, I suppose it was my fault for marrying him.


And I think it's a shame the way the festival has become so commercially driven. It's all about marketing. And promotion. And raising your profile. That's why there are posters and leaflets everywhere. But the leaflets do work. At the end of this month the faces of all the comedians will be extremely well known . . . to every road sweeper in the city.


And don't get me started on the manipulation of the press. Too many performers have too many quotes stuck on their posters taken completely out of context. For example, if I were to say "Jo Caulfield is one of Britain's best comedians and every show she does is a five-star show" that would just be my opinion. But now my opinion has been published in the Evening News "my" opinion becomes an Evening News "fact". You see? That's how the press is continually manipulated.


And I don't like that, although I WILL be using that very same Evening News quote on my posters next year.


I haven't been to the Book Festival yet, but it is on my list of things to do. I've heard it described as "a lot of people drinking alcohol while surrounded by books”, which makes it sound less like an internationally acclaimed literary event and more like a visit to the Macdonald Road library.


Of course, some of the UK's finest writers live here in Edinburgh: JK Rowling, Ian Rankin, Alexander McCall Smith, me. I don't like to boast but have JK, Ian or Alexander been asked to write a column? No, no and no. I think that speaks volumes about who the Evening News considers to be "the best writer" in this town.


By the way, both John Hannah and Ken Stott have approached me with substantial offers to buy the rights to this article. ITV is also quite interested although it wants to relocated the entire story to a London newspaper office, gloss over all of my unique character foibles and put Russell Brand in the lead role.


You're pulling my legend

This Sunday saw the first Hearts v Hibs Premier League game of the season. According to the Hearts website, hospitality in the Gorgie Suite was available at £165 plus vat and it added: "You'll be able to meet past and present players including the Legend that is Wayne Foster!"


I looked up the word "legend" on Wikipedia.


It said: "A legend is a narrative of human actions that are perceived both by teller and listeners to take place within human history and to possess certain qualities that give the tale verisimilitude."


Sounds interesting, doesn't it?


I looked up Wayne Foster on Wikipedia. He wasn't listed.


To be honest, I don't know much about Scottish football, but I do know that in today's precarious financial situation £165 plus vat seems like an awful waste of money - that could have been put towards a Christian Louboutin sequined evening bag.


PS. I was just joking about Wayne Foster. He IS listed on Wikipedia. He's described as a large, bipedal humanoid, also known as a 'Sasquatch'. Oh no, sorry, I looked up Colin Calderwood by mistake.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

"Cruel To Be Kind" Tour...


Thursday 22nd September - The Maltings Theatre, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Box Office: 01289 330999

Website: www.maltingsberwick.co.uk


Friday 23rd September - Otley Courthouse Art Centre, Otley

Box Office: 01943 467466

Website: www.otleycouthouse.org.uk


Saturday 24th September - Chorley Little Theatre, Chorley

Box Office: 01257 264362

Website: www.chorleylittletheatre.com


Thursday 29th September - Birnam Arts Centre, Birnam

Box Office: 01350 727674

Website: www.birnaminstitute.com


Friday 30th September - Electric Palace, Bridport

Box Office: 01308 424901

Website: www.electricpalace.org.uk


Sunday 2nd October - The Quay Theatre, Sudbury

Box Office: 01787 374745

Website: www.quaytheatre.org.uk


Tuesday 4th October - Victoria Hotel, Kirkcaldy

Box Office: 0844 4815659

Website: www.kirkcaldycomedyfestival.com


Friday 7th October - Arts Centre Theatre, Evesham

Box Office: 01386 446944

Website: www.eveshamartscentre.co.uk


Saturday 8th October - The Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames

Box Office: 01491 575698

Website: www.kentontheatre.co.uk


Sunday 16th October - The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth

Box Office: 01900 826448

Website: www.thekirkgate.com


Thursday 20th October - Browns Hotel, Tavistock

Box Office: 01822 618686

Website: www.brownsdevon.com


Friday 21st October - Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury

Box Office: 01722 321744

Website: www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk


Saturday 22nd October - The Lighthouse Arts Centre, Poole

Box Office: 0844 4068666

Website: www.thelighthousepoole.co.uk


Thursday 27th October - The CatStrand, New Galloway

Box Office: 01644 420374

Website: www.thecatstrand.co.uk


Friday 28th October - The Customs House, South Shields

Box Office: 0191 4541234

Website: www.customshouse.co.uk


Saturday 29th October - Ropery Hall, Barton upon Humber

Box Office: 01652 660380

Website: www.roperyhall.co.uk


Friday 11th November - The Capitol Theatre, Horsham

Box Office: 01403 750220

Website: www.thecapitolhorsham.com


Saturday 12th November - Kettering Arts Centre, Kettering

Box Office: 01536 513858

Website: www.wegottickets.com


Saturday 19th November - Falkirk Town Hall, Falkirk

Box Office: 01324 506850

Website: www.ticketweb.co.uk


Sunday 20th November - The Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax

Box Office: 01422 349422

Website: www.squarechapel.co.uk


Thursday 1st December - The Wynd Theatre, Melrose

Box Office: 01896 820028

Website: www.thewyndmelrose.com


Saturday 3rd December - Universal Hall, Findhorn

Box Office: 01309 690110

Website: www.findhorn.org


Sunday 5th February - The Corn Exchange, Exeter

Box Office: 01392 665938

Website: www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange


Friday 10th February - The Forum, Barrow-In-Furness

Box Office: 01229 820000

Website: www.theforumbarrow.co.uk


Thursday 16th February - Frog And Fiddle, Cheltenham

Box Office: 01242 701156

Website: www.hand-comedy.co.uk


Friday 16th March - The Festival Theatre, Pitlochry

Box Office: 01796 484626

Website: www.pitlochry.org.uk


Sunday 18th March - Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

Box Office: 01463 234234

Website: www.eden-court.co.uk





Edinburgh Evening News...

I wrote this for the Edinburgh Evening News - published 11th Aug 2011

They wanted my take on living in Edinburgh but not performing at the Festival:


Here’s something you would have never guessed about me - I’m a Virgin! Yes this is my first year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I’ve been here 10-years-in-a-row as a performer but this is my first time as a punter ... And I’m loving it!


The excitement and vibrancy of the Fringe has a magic hold over Edinburgh. Well, most of Edinburgh...


I went over to Morningside on Tuesday to meet a friend for lunch at Loopy Lorna’s (there’s a sentence I never thought I’d be typing!) It was a very enjoyable lunch, and I’m glad to report since she’s been on the antidepressants Lorna is a lot less loopy. But leaving Lorna’s mental health problems aside, I couldn’t believe Morningside! Not one single Fringe poster on display, no one handing out flyers - its as if the Festival doesn’t exist.

They really are a different breed down there, aren’t they? Its like a gentrified version of The Land That Time Forgot.


Back in town the Festival is in full swing. The Assembly at George Square is packed, the Pleasance Courtyard is overflowing and Greggs the Baker on Rose Street has queues halfway round the block. Mind you, its like that every day of the year. You really do have a bad diet here in Scotland.


Going passed the EICC I overheard two French girls coming out of Ed Byrne’s show. They were obviously trying to decide which show to go and see next. The first girl pointed at Vladimir McTavish’s poster. “Oh no”, said her companion, “If you did not understand zee Irishman you will NEVER understand zee Scottish man”.


That’s a tough crowd.


But while all the performers are vying for one the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Awards (No, I’ve no idea what they’re called either) I’d like to give out my own award to Lothian Buses.


Please take a minute to go and look at their website. They give FULL instructions on how to use a bus, there’s even a short video. A short video of HOW to travel on a bus! Its aimed at tourists & foreign visitors - people who arrived here by train, plane and car. Much harder modes of transport.


Whoever decided they needed that webpage of instructions and the video deserves the “I’ve Invented Something That Wasn’t Needed To Make Me Look Busy And Keep My Job” award.


I think me favorite part is “Step 7: Take your ticket, find a seat and enjoy your journey”.


I asked a bus driver about it. I said, “Don’t you think that’s blatantly obvious and actually a bit patronizing to the foreign visitors?” He said, “No, it’s aimed at foreign visitors. It’s aimed at people from Niddry.”


Before you write in an complain, that was a joke, he was joking.


I’ve always loved that deadpan downbeat sense of humour the Scots have. I was fighting my way through the crowds on the Royal Mile with my friend Paul. He’s a big football fan. I said to him, “You must be happy about Hearts being drawn against Spurs in the Europa League play-off?” He looked me straight in the eye and with all the bedlam going on around us, all the buskers, and drama students, and stilt-walkers and chainsaw jugglers, he said, totally deadpan, “Oh aye. It’ll bring some much needed excitement to the city.”


By the way, in London my two nearest football teams were Chelsea and Fulham, two clubs owned by crazy megalomaniacal millionaires who sacked managers at the drop of a hat - so its great to be in a city with two more sensibly run clubs.


Anyway back to the Festival. John Malkovich is in town. As is Maraget Cho, Ruby Wax, and Dave Gorman - I know because I’m playing the ‘Let’s Spot A Celebrity Who Didn’t Pack The Right Clothes And Is Now Getting Soaked In The Rain’ game.


As the days go on I’m actually becoming very defensive about the weather. I’m fed up of comedians asking “Does it always rain? When will the rain stop?”

I tell them the famous Scottish saying my Aberdonian mother-in-law taught me when I first arrive here: “If you don’t like the weather in Scotland, wait 5 minutes ... and if you still don’t like it g’way hame tae London ye big whinging crybaby Sassenach strumpet”.


I’ve no idea what that means but the whole family laughed when she said it so I’m sure it must be delightfully amusing.


Should you want to take a breather from all the wonderful comedy and theatre and dance why not indulge in a bit of people watching? I’d recommend Hunter Square.


Tourists, students, buskers, pickpockets, plain-clothed policemen. It’s like a live version of Crimewatch UK. Why not kick back for a couple of hours: watch the professional fire-eaters, engage a visiting Australian tourist in a discussion about world politics AND delicately sip from a can of Special Brew lager?


And I have a question: does Edinburgh have its own anthem? Does Auld Reekie have an equivalent to “I Belong To Glasgow”, or “The Northern Lights Of Old Aberdeen”, or “Ferry Cross The Mersey”?

If it doesn’t I’d like to propose Funky Town by Lipps Inc. Yes, its an old disco song. Yes, its loved by gay men everywhere. But more importantly its an automatic shot-in-the-arm feel good factor ... and that, my Edinburgerer* neighbours, is what makes it so perfect.


All-in-all I’ve been very happy to lose my virginity with you. You’ll phone me in the morning won’t you?


Jo Caulfield


*You do call yourselves Edinburgerer’s, don’t you?


BTW I took a year off from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival but I WILL be back in 2012 with a BRAND NEW SHOW!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

2011-2012 Tour Tickets On Sale Now...

The 2011-2012 tour is shaping up - tickets are on sale for these venues now.


More dates to be added.


Thursday 22nd September - The Maltings Theatre, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Box Office: 01289 330999

Website: www.maltingsberwick.co.uk


Friday 23rd September - Otley Courthouse Art Centre, Otley

Box Office: 01943 467466

Website: www.otleycouthouse.org.uk


Saturday 24th September - Chorley Little Theatre, Chorley

Box Office: 01257 264362

Website: www.chorleylittletheatre.com


Thursday 29th September - Birnam Arts Centre, Birnam

Box Office: 01350 727674

Website: www.birnaminstitute.com


Friday 30th September - Electric Palace, Bridport

Box Office: 01308 424901

Website: www.electricpalace.org.uk


Sunday 2nd October - The Quay Theatre, Sudbury

Box Office: 01787 374745

Website: www.quaytheatre.org.uk


Tuesday 4th October - Victoria Hotel, Kirkcaldy

Box Office: 0844 4815659

Website: www.kirkcaldycomedyfestival.com


Friday 7th October - Arts Centre Theatre, Evesham

Box Office: 01386 446944

Website: www.eveshamartscentre.co.uk


Saturday 8th October - The Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames

Box Office: 01491 575698

Website: www.kentontheatre.co.uk


Sunday 16th October - The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth

Box Office: 01900 826448

Website: www.thekirkgate.com


Thursday 20th October - Browns Hotel, Tavistock

Box Office: 01822 618686

Website: www.brownsdevon.com


Friday 21st October - Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury

Box Office: 01722 321744

Website: www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk


Saturday 22nd October - The Lighthouse Arts Centre, Poole

Box Office: 0844 4068666

Website: www.thelighthousepoole.co.uk


Thursday 27th October - The CatStrand, New Galloway

Box Office: 01644 420374

Website: www.thecatstrand.co.uk


Friday 28th October - The Customs House, South Shields

Box Office: 0191 4541234

Website: www.customshouse.co.ku


Saturday 29th October - Ropery Hall, Barton upon Humber

Box Office: 01652 660380

Website: www.roperyhall.co.uk


Friday 11th November - The Capitol Theatre, Horsham

Box Office: 01403 750220

Website: www.thecapitolhorsham.com


Saturday 12th November - Kettering Arts Centre, Kettering

Box Office: 01536 513858

Website: www.wegottickets.com


Saturday 19th November - Falkirk Town Hall, Falkirk

Box Office: 01324 506850

Website: www.ticketweb.co.uk


Sunday 20th November - The Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax

Box Office: 01422 349422

Website: www.squarechapel.co.uk


Thursday 1st December - The Wynd Theatre, Melrose

Box Office: 01896 820028

Website: www.thewyndmelrose.com


Saturday 3rd December - Universal Hall, Findhorn

Box Office: 01309 690110

Website: www.findhorn.org


Sunday 5th February - The Corn Exchange, Exeter

Box Office: 01392 665938

Website: www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange


Friday 10th February - The Forum, Barrow-In-Furness

Box Office: 01229 820000

Website: www.theforumbarrow.co.uk


Thursday 16th February - Frog And Fiddle, Cheltenham

Box Office: 01242 701156

Website: www.hand-comedy.co.ku


Friday 16th March - The Festival Theatre, Pitlochry

Box Office: 01796 484626

Website: www.pitlochry.org.uk


Sunday 18th March - Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

Box Office: 01463 234234

Website: www.eden-court.co.ku