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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

16th October 1988 Smile Jamaica concert for Hurricane Gilbert victims held in London

16th October 1987 175-kph winds cause blackout in London, much of southern England

16th October 1959 Born today: Gary Kemp, London, rock guitarist (Spandau Ballet-True)

16th October 1958 The first episode of children's TV show Blue Peter is aired on Television.

16th October 1951 Born today: Daniel Gerroll, London, actor (Big Business)

16th October 1936 Actor Peter Bowles was born in London.

16th October 1927 Born today: Lee Montague, London England, actor (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust)

16th October 1925 Murder She Wrote actress Angela Lansbury was born in London.go to related location

16th October 1922 Happy birthday to entertainer Max Bygraves, born in Rotherhithe, East London.go to related location

16th October 1834 London parliament catches fire historic documents burn

Jo Brand's nursing years



Jo Brand's nursing years

Could this be where Jo acquired much of her brilliant comedy?

Location: The Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ

Description: Josephine 'Jo' Grace Brand was born on 3 May 1957 in Hastings, East Sussex, and is now an established and fantastic British stand-up comedian.

She was persuaded by agent Malcolm Hardee to begin a career in stand-up comedy, where she acquired the stage name, 'The Sea Monster'. She was central to the British alternative comedy movement, working London alternative comedy clubs, and appearing initially on the Saturday Live television show.

Brand's early style involved her delivering jokes in a bored monotone, one line at a time, with pauses in between. It drew heavily from pop culture and the media, with many jokes containing references to well-known celebrities and public figures.

She has commented that 'men are fantastic - as a concept'. She has also said satirically that she was reading in the newspapers that she was a lesbian for so long, she started to believe it...

And so to this very location - Jo was actually a psychiatric nurse at the Maudsley Hospital (and South London Bethlem) until the mid-1980s.

Could this be where she acquired much of her brilliant oberservational comedy - well - we'll never know!


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Jo Brand's nursing years

Could this be where Jo acquired much of her brilliant comedy?


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