JO BRAND 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 part of the British alternative comedy movement, working in London alternative comedy clubs, and appearing initially on the Saturday Live television show.
In 2003, Jo was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy.
Her current project is a BBC Four sitcom, Getting On, which she stars in and co-writes along with the other two main cast members. It is a gritty and realistic satire on the current state of the NHS, set in an old person's ward.
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