A regular on many TV and radio panel shows, including Have I Got News for You, Jo is renowned for her sharp tongue as much as her razor wit. But she says lampooning life’s little frustrations is good for everyone.
“We’re ruled by people with no morals at all, and we’ve got no redress,” she said.
“By redressing the small things on stage... it helps make life slightly less ****. But in a good way.
“I don’t know what kind of person I would be if I didn’t do stand-up. I’d be going up to people in the street and haranguing them!”
However, in her latest tour, inspired by a surprising revelation about her married life, Jo has gone all introspective to ask the question- what would you do if you could start again?
Jo explained: “Me and my husband had got married in New York.
“I had started speaking to a lady at this gig years later, who’d done the same.
“She started talking about all the paperwork that she’d had to fill in over here.
“I felt my blood go cold- I didn’t know we had to do that! Then it hit me like a punch in the stomach - I’m not actually married to my husband!
“We both felt a bit cheated - we thought we’d done ten years, now we’d have to go back to the start.
“We’d have left years ago if we’d have known.
“But you can’t help but reassess and think, if I started again, would I start with you?
“I think people that say they would do it all again are crazy. Everyone makes mistakes.
“But it’s so hard to go back and say, ‘I should have done this’. You don’t know what leads you down what path.
“I drifted for years... but then, one night I drunkenly did an open spot and that was it.”
Jo said she’d seen a change in the stand-up scene since that night over a decade ago, with more people looking to comedy as a career.
“It was a different time for comedy then, no one thought about doing it as a job.
“You look at some comedians now and think you could do anything. You could walk into a bank tomorrow and get a job.
“This is all I have. Push off and leave it to us misfits!”
Jo Caulfield will appear on BBC’s Mock the Week on September 18 and performs live at the MAC Birmingham on September 27.
Tickets are £15 (£12 concs) from the Box Office - 0121 446 3232.