JoJo Smith is a fierce and earthy comedian. One of her chief subjects
is the freedom the menopause has brought her.

WHO ARE YOU AND WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

JoJo Smith, age 54, London mostly

TELL US WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE YOUR AGE?

Excellent. In spite of my early-menopause related illness like lupus, fibromyalgia, and all kinds of arthritis. I’m saner, calmer and happier than I’ve ever been.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE NOW THAT YOU DIDN’T HAVE AT 25?

Peace of mind

WHAT ABOUT SEX?

I became celibate when I first became a Buddhist 16 years ago, and when menopause came a couple of years after my sex drive disappeared. How liberating not to be ruled by my cunt.

AND RELATIONSHIPS?

I have wonderful relationships with people all over the world whom I’ve met on my travels. I can have a perfect relationship with another woman over the course of a mani/pedi in Vietnam , as I did in Saigon last week.

HOW FREE DO YOU FEEL?

I have no fears left. I’m looking forward to leaving this life and seeming what the next one brings. Once you lose the fear of death you are free.

WHAT ARE YOU PROUD OF?

Being nearly 55 (in 12 days’ time) and never having committed any major crimes or caus d true pain to another living being.

WHAT KEEPS YOU INSPIRED?

Waking up.

WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST?

Onstage. Talking about myself with a roomful of people laughing and nobody heckling because they know I’m coming from truth. Well, my truth at least.

AND WHERE DOES YOUR CREATIVITY GO?

Out to too gulls of people worldwide. On the page (virtual of course as all my writing these days seems to be done for free.

WHAT’S YOUR PHILOSOPHY OF LIVING?

Try really hard not to be a cunt.

AND DYING?

Embrace it. You’re just shedding your worn out suit (body). It’s not real. None of it is.

ARE YOU STILL DREAMING?

Perhaps.

WHAT WAS A RECENT OUTRAGEOUS ACTION OF YOURS?

Demanding a second haircut for free today when the first one resembled one of Abu Hamza’s early efforts. I got it. It looks kind punky.