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Jo Brand

Jo Brand

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First broadcast: Sun 18 Mar 2007

Comedian

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]

Choices

Johannes Brahms

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Johannes Brahms

Variations on the St Antoni Chorale - theme

Orchestra: The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Claudio Abbado

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Kate Bush

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Castaway's favourite

Kate Bush

Oh England, My Lionheart

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Billy Bragg

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Billy Bragg

Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards

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Book

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

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Luxury item

A church organ

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