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Jo Brand

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 18 March 2007

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the stand-up comedian Jo Brand. From the word go she always anticipated she would be heckled about her weight and appearance. While most people would run a mile at the thought of standing in front of a rowdy, aggressive and largely drunk audience, she says that the worst that can happen is humiliation - and she adds that as a woman, she was already equipped to deal with this, because people felt free to comment disparagingly on her appearance in everyday life.

Her first career was as a psychiatric nurse - and for several years she would spend the day working in a psychiatric unit before appearing at a comedy club in the evening. Both careers demand an ability to be calm in extreme situations and to display a confidence that is often not felt. Her extreme act meant that for many years she was labelled a man-hating feminist - but she confounded critics by getting married and having two children.

Elements of this programme may offend some listeners.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Oh England, My Lionheart by Kate Bush
Book: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
Luxury: A church organ.

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    Kate Bush Oh England, My Lionheart

    Lionheart, EMI

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    Paul Robeson Gloomy Sunday

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