Jen Brister, born in February 1975, is a stand-up comedian from South London. Brister studied theatre at Middlesex University, where she took a course in stand-up comedy in the mid 90s, the only course of its kind at the time in the UK. Other famous graduates include Alan Carr, Renton Skinner of the Dutch Elm Conservatoire and Shooting Stars and Clare Warde of the Runaway Lovers. Brister’s first gig was a showcase for the course, at the Kings Head in Crouch End.
Since then, she has performed in many London venues, including Comedy Camp, Banana Cabaret Comedy Store, The Kings Head, and ED Comedy, as well as hosting her own nights, including Hysterics at Shaun & Joe and CatFlap Comedy at the Player Bar, Soho. She is also a comedy writer and has performed alongside Doug Faulkner & Clare Warde, as part of the comedy sketch group, The Loose Connection. They appeared regularly at the Hen & Chickens Theatre, Etcetera Theatre, Sketch Club and The Enterprise in the mid-2000s.
Brister also worked for BBC 6 Music as a stand in presenter for and in 2008 took a show to Edinburgh called Reception with her comedy partner at the time Clare Warde. Additionally, Brister appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe again in 2009 doing a stand up show as well as appearing in a play called The One and The Many by Trevor Lock.
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