Rosie Jones (comedian)

Rosie Jones is a British comedian from Bridlington.[1] She has written for panel shows Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule, Would I Lie to You?, The Last Leg and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown,[2][3] and has appeared as a guest on The Last Leg, 8 Out of 10 Cats, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Hypothetical.[4][5][6][7] Jones has performed stand-up comedy at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, incorporating her cerebral palsy into her comedic style; in 2018, she was featured on Edinburgh Nights. She has also appeared on other television shows, wrote an episode of Sex Education and hosts the podcast Daddy Look at Me with Helen Bauer.


In 2011, Jones was hired for a year as a junior researcher for Objective Media Group as part of a disability scheme at Channel 4. She was unemployed for a few years following this. In January 2015, Jones began a screenwriting class with National Film and Television School.[2] Jones reached the final of the 2016 Funny Women Awards.[2] She began writing for The Last Leg during their coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[8] Jones has also written for Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule, Would I Lie to You? and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.[2][3]

In 2017, Jones appeared on 8 Out of 10 Cats.[4] In 2018, Jones appeared in Silent Witness[9] and on The Last Leg.[5] In 2019, Jones was a guest on Hypothetical and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, and again on 8 Out of 10 Cats and The Last Leg.[7][6][4][5] She has also appeared on the podcast The Guilty Feminist,[10] the Channel 4 online programme The Last Leg: The Correspondents,[11] the BBC Three series "Things Not to Say",[12] BBC Radio 4's Fred at the Stand[13] and BBC web series Period Dramas.[14]

In June 2019, Jones launched a new podcast alongside fellow comedian Helen Bauer entitled Daddy Look at Me. The podcast features Bauer, Jones and a guest discussing their childhoods and what they did in order to get attention in their youth.[15]

In 2020, Jones guest starred in an episode of the third series of the BBC drama Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators.[16] and on BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz, presented by Nish Kumar.[17] She also appeared on an episode of Joe Lycett's Got Your Back.[18]

Alongside series creator Laurie Nunn, Jones co-wrote episode four of the second season of the Netflix comedy-drama Sex Education, released in January 2020.[19]

Stand-up comedyEdit

Jones first performed stand-up comedy without preparation at a friend's comedy night.[1]

In 2017, Jones performed "Inspiration" at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The show was 35 minutes long and contained jokes about her visit to the 2016 Summer Paralympics, using disabled toilets, and commentary on the words "disabled" and "spastic". It received 3.5 stars in Chortle[20] and three stars in The List.[21] Metro listed her as one of "9 hilarious women to look out for in 2017".[22]

In 2018, Jones' Edinburgh Festival Fringe show was entitled "Fifteen Minutes". Jones talks about a hypothetical "able-bodied Rosie" and discusses a sexual fantasy about Ryan Gosling. She and her routine were featured in Edinburgh Nights, a BBC show about the Fringe presented by Nish Kumar. "Fifteen Minutes" received five stars in The Arts Desk[23] and four stars in iNews,[24] Chortle,[25] The Scotsman[26] and Broadway World.[27] It was listed by Evening Standard as one of the ten "best comedy shows to see" at the festival.[28]

Jones performed at the Greenwich Comedy Festival in 2018.[29] In 2019, Jones performed at Spectacular, a one-off event for Comic Relief,[30][31] and appeared at the 2019 Women of the World Festival.[32] She has also been a support act for Nish Kumar.[33]

Comedic styleEdit

Jones has ataxic cerebral palsy;[34] she incorporates her slow speech pattern into her comedy, constructing jokes to subvert the punchline that audiences expect.[1][8] For instance, she has used the opening line "As you can tell from my voice, I suffer from being northern."[2] Jones unexpectedly refers to previous jokes later in her performances, a trait which one critic describes as "clinically planned".[26]

She describes her style as "cheeky",[1] commenting that she makes jokes that able-bodied people could not.[3] Jones' stand-up comedy relates to disability and sexuality,[8] and has been described as dark comedy.[24]

In 2019, Jones received mixed reception for a joke made on The Last Leg in which she said that as a 16-year-old, environmental activist Greta Thunberg should only be concerned with "drinking Lambrini and getting fingered."[35]


  1. ^ a b c d Fleckney, Paul (17 August 2018). "Rosie Jones: 'People feel awkward about disability so I always have jokes in my back pocket'". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e Gove, Ed (29 November 2016). "Have you met Miss Jones?". Royal Television Society. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Rahman-Jones, Imran (13 April 2017). "Comedian Rosie Jones wants disabled TV characters who are 'gritty and flawed'". BBC. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "8 Out of 10 Cats - On Demand - All 4". All 4. Channel 4. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "The Last Leg - On Demand - All 4". All 4. Channel 4. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  6. ^ a b "8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown - On Demand - All 4". All 4. Channel 4. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Hypothetical Series 1, Episode 4". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  8. ^ a b c D'Arcy-Jones, Neil (11 July 2018). "Rosie Jones's slow talking, quick thinking stand-up". Gazette Standard. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  9. ^ Davies, Katie. "Interview: Rosie Jones on her Edinburgh debut hour Fifteen Minutes". Entertainment Focus. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  10. ^ Armstrong, Julia (15 May 2019). "Sheffield date for hit comedy Guilty Feminist podcast live tour". Sheffield Star. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Last Leg: The Correspondents - Episode Guide - All 4". All 4. Channel 4. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Things not to say to someone with cerebral palsy". BBC Three. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Lyons, Mazadza, Jones and Nelson". BBC Radio 4. 31 October 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  14. ^ "Period Dramas". Chortle. 8 March 2019. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  15. ^ Dessau, Bruce. "News: New Podcast From Rosie Jones and Helen Bauer With Guests Nish Kumar, Sophie Duker and Ed Gamble". Beyond the Joke. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  16. ^ Cremona, Patrick (21 January 2020). "Tamzin Outhwaite and Vic Reeves among guest-stars as Shakespeare and Hathaway returns". Radio Times. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  17. ^ "News Quiz host Nish Kumar and the panel take a look at this week's news". 17 January 2020. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  18. ^ "Joe Lycett's Got Your Back: Joe Lycett's Got Your Back - On Demand". Channel 4. Retrieved 2020-05-14.
  19. ^ "Sex Education Series 2, Episode 4". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  20. ^ Bennett, Steve (8 August 2017). "Rosie Jones: Inspiration". Chortle. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  21. ^ Black, Suzanne (17 August 2017). "Rosie Jones: Inspiration". The List. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  22. ^ Clark, Emily-Jane (4 January 2017). "9 hilarious women to look out for in 2017". Metro. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  23. ^ Lee, Veronica (17 August 2018). "Edinburgh Fringe 2018 reviews: Rosie Jones/ Marcus Brigstocke/ Alice Snedden". The Arts Desk. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  24. ^ a b Chris, Green (16 August 2018). "Rosie Jones, Fifteen Minutes, review: 'Deliciously dark, original comedy'". iNews. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  25. ^ Fleckney, Paul (7 August 2018). "Rosie Jones: Fifteen Minutes". Chortle. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  26. ^ a b Richardson, Jay (20 August 2018). "Comedy review: Rosie Jones: Fifteen Minutes, Pleasance Courtyard". The Scotsman. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  27. ^ O'Donoghue, Natalie (4 August 2018). "EDINBURGH 2018: BWW REVIEW: ROSIE JONES, Pleasance Courtyard". Broadway World. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  28. ^ Paskett, Zoe. "Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018: The best comedy shows to see". Evening Standard. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  29. ^ Bennett, Steve (17 September 2018). "Sean Lock, Henning Wehn, Rosie Jones, Tom Lucy and Kiri Pritchard-McLean". Chortle. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  30. ^ Edwards, John (25 February 2019). "Rosie Jones joins Alan Carr, Jimmy Carr and Sir Lenny Henry at Comic Relief Spectacular". Bridlington Free Press. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  31. ^ "Comic Relief Launches "Spectacular" Night of Comedy". Comic Relief. 3 December 2018. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  32. ^ Thomson, Lizzie (5 March 2019). "Women of the World 2019 festival: Line-up, speakers and more for the International Women's Day event at Southbank Centre". Evening Standard. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  33. ^ Martel, Stuart (15 March 2019). "Review: Nish Kumar, Grand Opera House, York, March 14". The Press. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  34. ^ Badiozzaman, Emily; Jones, Rosie. "10 things I want you to know about disability". Stylist. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  35. ^ White, Adam (2 January 2020). "The Last Leg: Comedian Rosie Jones shocks viewers with 'disgusting' and 'totally inappropriate' Greta Thunberg joke". The Independent. Retrieved 2 January 2020.

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