I don't hold any candle for drama versus comedy.

Jo Brand

Jo Brand

Profession: Comedian
Nationality: British

Some suggestions for you :

I thought I was funny as a kid.

My preference is swimming in the sea. I find the sea is more liberating, wild and good fun rather than plodding up and down a pool.

I think some people ramp a side of themselves up for performance purposes.

There's lots of different feminist groups. It's not as straightforward as just looking like a plumber.

Television provokes strong opinions, and sometimes we try a bit too hard to appeal to everyone.

Whatever situation you are in, that is what is normal for you.

Occasionally, some sitcoms still stereotype women - the old dragon or the dolly bird - but on the whole we've moved away from that.

So, my style has hopefully changed over the years and it is more relaxed, and I do tend to smile and have more than one expression these days hopefully - which I didn't at the beginning.

Once you get labelled, people expect you to behave within the very narrow confines of that label.

I wasn't one of those hideous children who make their parents sit through hour-long performances when you're seven. I didn't do anything like that thankfully.

If I am totally honest, I would have to say that 'Allo 'Allo!' was not my cup of tea, even though lots of people loved it. For that reason, I find comedy fascinating. There is a huge difference between what people find funny.

My mum is bright, ambitious, well read, political and very bolshie: when my dad was conscripted into the Army and posted to Libya, she convinced some general to let her go with him. I don't know how she managed it.

My dad's a very sensitive man, but as the archetypal rebellious teenager, I didn't realise that.

Christians have always been fodder for comedians who have tended to portray them as anoraks - slightly clammy, beatifically smiley dullards with barely a personality between them.