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CollectionBritish Stand-Up Comedy Archive Events
TitleLinda Smith Lecture 2019: Jo Brand
Name of creatorBrand, Jo, 1957-; Double, Oliver, 1965-
Duration1hr. 19 min. 54 sec.
Extent2 audio files Broadcast WAVE Format (BWF)
1 folder
DescriptionJo Brand gives the Linda Smith Lecture on 1st May, 2019 at the Gulbenkian Theatre.

Track 1 [1:19:54]
[00:00] Interview starts. Background music fades and Oliver Double [OD] introduces the lecture. [01:50] OD explains the origin of the “Linda Smith lecture” series. Continues to talk about Linda Smith [LS]. [03:00] OD introduces Jo Brand with perfunctory comments and jokes. [04:09] Jo Brand [JB] joins the stage. [05:00] JB talks about LS and their impact. Following up by explaining her own experiences with LS. [08:15] Brief pause in JBs discussion due to technical difficulties. Resumes fully at 10:27. [10:27] JB talks about Roland and Claire Muldoon [Activists who ran the Hackney Wick Empire where JB performed in left wing comedy circles] and the shows at Hackney Wick. [12:28] JB discusses some of her comedy gigs, Referring to a Dairy. [18:20] JB introduces a question to the audience. ‘What has changed for women in the comedy circuit? And ‘Why is comedy inaccessible for women?’ [19:20] JB describes some problems women have getting into comedy. Also explains how wealth helps women getting into the arts. [21:30] JB story about balancing full-time work with burgeoning comedy career. The story concerns a car accident whilst helping comics driving them to gigs. [24:50] JB returns to the discussion of wealth and comedy. [26:40] JB digresses to talk about a feminism debate she participated in at Oxford. [28:15] Discussion on the impact of location and comedy regarding London versus outside of London. [30:25] Jb returns to Women in comedy, describing the 1980’s pub comedy scene and its detriment to women comics. [34:40] JB anecdote about a misogynist heckler at a London pub. [36:10] story about an Australian comedian who was murdered [Eurydice Dixon, 22. Murdered as she was walking home on the 13th of June 2018]. JB stresses the need for safety as a women comic. [37:00] Jb talks about women comedians and family. Specifically, how marriage and children can hinder a career. Telling anecdotes about own careers conflict with child rearing. [41:25] Anecdote about Sarah Millican [English Comedian and writer]. [42:09] JB talks about touring after family. [43:00] Discussion on the importance of appearance for male versus female comics. Anecdote about criticism from wardrobe departments for JB’s style. [44:05] story about going on Trinny & Susannah [What Not to Wear: a BBC makeover reality show that ran from 2001 – 2007]. [47:20] Return to the previous discussion about appearance. [48:46] story about tabloid stalking. [49:36] discussion about heckler response to men versus women. [50:40] JB talks about the assertion that “women aren’t funny.” describes the problems with Panel shows. [53:20] JB digression to talk about the then new movie “Extremely wicked, shockingly evil, and vile” [USA, 2019] and “Boxing Helena” [USA 1993]. [55:35] JB talks about how the comedy landscape is changing slowly and becoming more personal and introspective. [1:01:20] questions for JB. Question one: thoughts about camaraderie between women comedians. Audience member and JB back and forth about finding “seats at the table” for marginalised groups in comedy. [1:06:35] Question two: ‘Can you be too old for comedy?’ [1:07:45] audience member points out that comedy writing exists as an avenue from women. [1:10:18] Question three: Would JB support her daughters if they wanted to enter stand-up? [1:11:47] Question four: Are there any specific characteristics needed to be a woman in comedy? [1:13:20] Question five: does a perception of intelligence help women in comedy? [1:14:40] JB is asked about her highlights. [1:17:19] Jb is asked her opinions on the “The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel” [USA, 2017]. [1:17:56] JB is asked a question about Great British Bake-off [A British baking reality show which Jo Brand appeared on. [1:19:12] Closing remarks
[1:19:54] Interview Ends.
In addition to the audio recording we also hold posters and flyers from the event.
PhysicalDescriptionAudio file WAV LPCM 48kHz 24 bit stereo
CategoryAudio recordings
Access conditionsAvailable for consultation at the University of Kent's Special Collections & Archives reading room, Templeman Library, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NU.
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