Fiery Jo is back with a real devil of a show

Jo Caulfield
Jo Caulfield

Last time she was in Berwick a certain comedienne was cruel to be kind and now her sharp tongue is back ready to ignite the flames of laughter once again.

Edinburgh-based Jo Caulfield isn’t a comic who’s afraid of ruffling a few feathers with her blunt and honest observations but, rather refreshingly, she’s also happy to poke fun at her own misfortune.

Her last foray to Berwick saw her being very candid about date disasters, nightmare jobs and relationship failures and she’s sticking to a winning formula for her latest tour.

Although it shares its title with a sugary sweet Kylie Minogue classic of the same name, Jo’s ‘Better The Devil You Know’ is anything but saccharine.

“It’s about my marriage,” she explained to The Guide, while waiting to catch a flight from Heathrow to Edinburgh.

“We got married in New York and had to fill in some forms. But returning home we weren’t entirely sure we’d done everything right, so I began to think that maybe we weren’t actually married.

“This led to me doing an assessment on my husband - after all if the marriage wasn’t official I didn’t have to keep him!

“Ultimately this led to me deciding it would be way too much hassle being single again and I could do a lot worse than him. So that’s where the title for the show came from.”

And Jo said that given the subject matter, it was very interesting to her to look out into the audience and see how people in different stages of their relationships reacted.

“The couples who have been together a long time tend to nudge each other in recognition while I think the younger couples are at the stage where they’d rather not accept that certain things do happen!” she said.

“At my shows I want people to feel like we’re all at the same level.

“I don’t want anyone to feel a fool and if I’m expecting them to share things with me I’ve got to be willing to tell them about some of the things that have happened to me.

“I’d take it as a compliment if people were shocked by just how open and honest my shows are. I think my humour is socially topical I’ve never been one for picking on a particular celebrity just because everyone else is.”

‘Better The Devil You Know’ made its debut to great reviews at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival and is due to arrive in Berwick on Friday, May 3.