JO CAULFIELD isn’t just one of the funniest comedians currently working the comedy circuit, she’s one of the busiest. But then the two go hand in hand. When not writing the occasional column for the Evening News, the 48-year-old keeps the laughs coming.
Next Wednesday, she returns to the Stand Comedy Club for the first of six new shows entitled, Jo Caulfield’s Comedy Collective, which promise to be a collection of stand-up, sketches and character comedy as well as the recording of The Good, The Bad and The Downright Ugly, a live comedy panel show for The Stand’s new podcast.
“Personally, stand-up is where I am happiest because it’s just me talking and I don’t have to share the stage,” she says, “but I’ve been loving doing a live game show with the audience.
“I wanted to put on a show that was as much fun for the comics as it was for the audience. A show where comics could take risks and do something different from their usual sets.
“So far we’ve had Vladamir McTavish and Gareth Waugh playing a father and son improv team; a penguin double act; Edinburgh tour guides competing against each other and the history of female comedy in five minutes from impressionist Keara Murphy.
“There’s also been Portobello’s self-proclaimed worst magician and a drunk woman heckling... I must remember not to get drunk and heckle my own show.”
Other popular faces scheduled to appear include Keir McAllister, Graeme Thomas, Mark Nelson and Jim Park.
Caulfield meanwhile, can’t quite believe that she is now making a living from what was once a dream.
“To begin with, stand-up was just something I did in between waitressing jobs. I had no idea that you could do it for a living. I still wake up in the middle of the night thinking, ‘I’ve got to get a real job sometime’.”
“Get some free jokes/funny thoughts every day,” she quips.
The Stand, York Place, Wednesday (then January 24, February 1, 8, 15, 21, 8.30pm, £5, 0131-558 7272