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JoJo Smith

 

 

In the last two decades 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 sold out tours of Europe, South Africa, Sri Lanka, India, Australia, Cambodia, Thailand, The Philippines, China and the UAE. 

 

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.

 

Working life began while still at 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 Dexys Midnight Runners as their PA.

 

After Dexys 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. A diagnosis of Repetitive 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. 

 

Her renaissance continued last summer, when at the grand old age of 55 and with 23 years' performing under her belt, JoJo made her solo Edinburgh Fringe debut with the short run of an autobiographical show entitled I Was Mick Jones' Bank Clerk. Ten sold out shows proved it was worth the wait. 

 

So inspired was she that August 2017 sees her doing a full Edinburgh Fringe run with a brand new show 'I was the ninth Dexys Midnight Runner: Ten True Tales'.

 

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