Ms Brand has become known for her fearless style of comedy, often pushing the boundaries of the genre. Beginning her career, she used the stage name the “Sea Monster”. Soon, she became part of the British alternative comedy movement, working the London alt-circuit and appearing on Saturday Live.
Since then, she has become one of the UK’s most familiar faces in comedy, regularly appearing on satirical shows like Have I Got News For You.
Throughout her career, she has taken regular aim at the Royal Family, herself being a staunch republican — a movement that seeks to replace the monarchy with a republic.
In 2013, she was caught up in a dispute over a joke she read from an autocue about Prince Harry using cocaine.
Many hit out against it, slamming the comedian for what they claimed were unfounded allegations about the royal.
Shortly afterwards, appearing in an interview with Chat Life TV, she addressed the pushback, and said she thought the joke was “hilarious”.
She went on to hit out at the Firm, claiming they didn’t “lift a finger” and so jokes about them were justified.
She said: “The fact for me is the Royal Family are natural targets, they don’t really lift a finger, they say they do, they seem to think that going to charity events is hard work.
“I can tell you I got to charity events, it’s not hard work.
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Reading from an autocue, discussing the names of Prince George’s new godparents, she said: “George’s godparents include Hugh van Cutsem… I presume that’s a nickname as in Hugh van cuts ’em and Harry then snorts ’em.”
The comment prompted a comment from team captain Ian Hislop, who asked: “Have we lost the lawyers?”
Harry was at the time a captain with the Army Air Corps and had served on two tours of Afghanistan.
It prompted a statement of disgust from the former head of the army, who said: “It might have been said as a joke but the suggestion is outrageous.
“It is a very unfortunate joke to make and most inappropriate.”The BBC was later called on to condemn the joke.
But the broadcaster stood by the show and Ms Brand.
Anna Soubry, who was a defence minister at the time, described the joke as “disgraceful, shoddy, appalling and out of order”.
She added: “Jo Brand should not have stooped to that level and both she and the BBC should apologise.”
A spokesman for the BBC said: “Have I Got News For You is a satirical news quiz and the audience is used to the often irreverent humour.
“This line was a play on words as part of a section on the surnames of those involved in the Christening and was clearly tongue-in-cheek.”