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In the last 13 years JoJo has gone from open spot to late night TV personality, from global fame on the Internet to international comedy performer, not bad going for someone who until then had never stood on a stage in her life.
International performances include two sold out tours of South Africa, Shanghai, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and both the Sydney and Melbourne comedy festivals. Her strong views had her proclaimed a feminist icon in Cape Town, and quite frankly the laid back Aussies wondered what had hit them. Safe to say she made quite an impact!
During the 40-odd episodes of Funny Business that JoJo wrote and presented she made a name for herself as a chat show host of the old school, that is she let the guests do the talking. Fifteen years as a newspaper journalist taught her you get more out of someone if you shut up. Her guests included Jimmy Cricket, Lee Evans, Jo Brand and Rich Hall.
A sold-out 20 date tour as support to Red Dwarf's Craig Charles quickly got her used to playing 1000 seater venues, and she has consolidated her success as a stand-up by regularly topping the bills at venues all over the UK. She was the first comic to encore on a Jongleurs open spot, and is now one of their most popular comedians.
For Comic Relief she performed live on the Internet, and is apparently massive in Romania. She also appeared at the London Palladium in aid of the striking Liverpool Dockers
Comedy is her first love but she began her working life while still at 6th form college. Punk Rock happened, and JoJo produced her own fanzine, The Ligger. She interviewed all her heroes, The Clash, Ian Dury, the Sex Pistols, and a million one hit wonders.
The fanzine led to paid work for various music papers including Smash Hits, NME, The Face and Record Mirror. It was a positive review in the latter that led to her being invited to work for Dexy's Midnight Runners as their PA.
A fictionalised account of life on the road with Kevin Rowland and the gang forms the basis of her first novel, Searching for the Young Soul Rebels.
After Dexy's she became a bingo caller at Butlins, before returning to journalism. The writing reached it's apex with a showbiz feature-writer's job at the Evening Standard. Her quest for fame via a picture by-line led to her appearing on One Hour With Jonathan Ross. Something that was to stand her in good stead as it was production company Channel X who later approached her and offered her the chance to make Funny Business.
A diagnosis of Repetative Strain Injury combined with an interview with the late, great Bill Hicks, gave JoJo the impetus she needed to take the plunge into the world of stand-up comedy, and she hasn't looked back since.
JoJo made her TV stand-up debut on Craig Charles' late night ITV show, The Funky Bunker, proving to fans of her laid-back presenting style that she could not only talk about comedy, she could do it too. They loved her 'in yer face with a twinkle in her eye' brand of comedy.
WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
"Raunchy comedienne, very, very, funny"
London Evening Standard
"It's worth seeking out Funny Business on ITV in the early hours of Sunday morning. JoJo Smith pulls off the difficult task of analysing comedy while being funny at the same time"
Martin Kelner, Daily Mail
"A manic force, leading where male stand-ups fear to tread"
Sydney Morning Herald
"The Most Dangerous Woman in Britain"
Cape Argus, Cape Town
"JoJo Smith is a rollicking good stand-up, but she is also so blue she makes Jo Brand look like one of the nuns in The Sound of Music"
James Rampton, The Independent