International Women’s Day Comedy Special for Charity
Date: Friday 4th March 2016
Time: at 08:00 pm
Venue: Sportsman Bar, 10/22 trendy, Sukhumvit soi 13, Bangkok, Thailand
This show celebrate’s International Women’s Day (March 8th) in Thailand, through a series of performances, including stand up comedy, slam poetry, and a lip sync battle (modern dance/musical performance TBD). A part of the proceeds will go to benefit a the Kayan Women’s Organization which focus on educating an empowering young women.
A special showcase featuring one of Britain’s most feared feminist/ comedienne Jojo Smith and Bangkok’s favourite comediennes.
A little bit more about Jojo
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, Australia, China, Bahrain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi. 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 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 Dexys 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 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.
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 standup
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.
Tickets: 500THB with 1 free drink