Comedy talent, MC & keynote speaker
Jo Stanley is one of Australia's most popular radio and comedy talents. She is one-half of Melbourne's top-rating breakfast radio program, Fox FM's The Matt and Jo Show. A huge breakfast audience listens to their program each morning and Jo is now regarded as a prized entertainer.
Early in her career Jo began writing and performing stand-up comedy, a talent that has taken her all around the country, including overseas. It was during one of Jo's stand-up shows that she was discovered by Fox FM and given the chance to showcase her talents on the Sunday night show. After successfully convincing the guys at Fox FM to let her take the reins of the breakfast show, Jo was partnered with Matt Tilley and The Matt and Jo Show was born.
Whilst her warm and quirky sense of humour has won her legions of fans on the radio, Jo's charisma and bright personality has also won fans for her work as an MC and host at corporate functions.
Over the years, Jo's ability, infectious personality and charming appearance has lead to an expanding list of successful roles with the ABC, Comedy Channel, Network Ten, Seven and the Nine Network and she has become a regular on Australian television.
Since her discovery in a dingy Collingwood pub many years ago, Jo has graced our screens as a regular panelist on Channel Ten's 7PM Project, The Circle, Good News Week, The Panel and Australia's Brainiest Quiz Show, Channel 7's Good as Gold, Thank God You're Here, Sunday Brunch and Channel Nine's Clever.
Jo has also appeared in a number of short films since 1999 and has since been involved in various VCA short films. She set up her own production company, Headspace with director and producer Darren McFarlane, also Jo's husband. Headspace currently has a number of projects in development, including a short film for Tropfest and a screenplay for a feature film.
In 2007, after years of interviewing some of the world's most prolific musicians, Jo decided it was time for her to try her hand at singing and appeared on Channel Seven's It Takes Two with singer Antony Callea, making it all the way to the Grand Final where she finished in a highly respectable, second place.
In 2010, Jo landed a book deal with publishers Hardie Grant to write a novel for young girls called Introducing Cleo Roberts, targeted at girls aged 10-14 years.
Jo is also an ambassador for the Ronald McDonald House and Big Issue, a patron for The Lighthouse Foundation and supports the Salvation Army.