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Thursday, 8 January 2015

Preview: Josie Long On Tour



Josie Long
Cara Josephine


On Tour including:
Tuesday 24th February        HULL, Fruit Space
Monday 16th March            NEWCASTLE, The Stand
Thursday 19th March           STOCKTON, Arc
Saturday 20th March           KENDAL, Brewery Arts Centre

RADIO ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – 2014
BAFTA SCOTLAND NEW TALENT AWARD NOMINEE – 2013
EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD NOMINEE - 2012
EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD NOMINEE - 2011
EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD NOMINEE – 2010
BARRY AWARD – NOMINATION 2008
CHORTLE BEST BREAKTHROUGH ACT 2007
PERRIER BEST NEWCOMER AWARD – 2006
CHORTLE BEST NEWCOMER AWARD – 2005
BBC NEW COMEDY AWARD – 2005

Three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and cult optimist is back on the road  with her most personal show to date about love, family and being as outdoorsy as a bear.


Josie Long
Photo: Giles Smith
In her seventh nationwide tour and with a new niece in the picture, Josie reflects on her own childhood and the resilience of an older sister. She had never really truly known heartbreak until now, and she is using this  experience to change her ways; to be more patient, to work out what she really wants and to become a better person. This is truly her most heartfelt, honest and revealing material, but don’t fret - Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg still get a mention…

In her last Fringe appearance in 2012, Josie received her third Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination, and at this year’s festival she collected more stars than a small solar system and was officially cited the best reviewed comedy show. Throwing aside the whimsical reputation that she had become known for, a new, more politically aware and socially conscious comedian had emerged and captivated the comedy industry in a totally different way.

Josie is renowned for writing about what she cares about and, although there has more recently been a political underlying to her material, she always has the ability to make her shows friendly and silly. As many reviewers point out, you cannot help but come away from her shows hoping to become her best friend.

In addition to her numerous DVD releases, TV appearances, sell-out tours, charity benefits and a co-host slot on BBC Radio 6 Music,  Josie started an ongoing project in 2011 called the Alternative Reality Tour; an anti-cuts, pro-youth, no-profit performance in a bid to fight for social justice and support public art. They even bring blankets in case it’s cold. She runs a monthly club night in London, The Lost Treasures of the Black Heart, which celebrates the world’s unsung heroes and has since been turned into a podcast. She was recently nominated for a Radio Academy Award for her adventurous short documentaries Short Cuts on Radio 4, earned a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award nomination for her two short feature films, Let’s Go Swimming and Romance and Adventure, and is co-founder of the Arts Emergency Service, a charity which aims to support students from underprivileged backgrounds who wish to study arts degrees. Her showcase for adventurous documentaries, Short Cuts, can currently be heard on Radio 4 on Tuesdays at 3pm.

On The Web:


Press On ‘’CARA JOSEPHINE’: Edinburgh 2014
★★★★★By turns raucously silly and profoundly moving, Long is a top class performer at the top of her gameEDINBURGH EVENING NEWS
★★★★★An absolute gem of a show” ONE4REVIEW.COM
★★★★★A sincere, wonderful, hilarious, life-affirming triumph” THREEWEEKS
★★★★★She’s the consummate comedian. A wonderful talent” BROADWAYBABY
★★★★★Long has crafted a show nothing short of joyous” GIGGLEBEATS
★★★★★Josie Long is a truly fantastic comedian, and Cara Josephine is a masterpiece”FRESH AIR
★★★★★A one hour master class in storytelling” THE MUMBLE
★★★★Authentic, revealing and generous of spirit… this is a lovely show” THE GUARDIAN
★★★★Delightful and more widely digestible… brilliantly evocative… original and unflagging” THE TIMES
TOUR DATES

JANUARY                                              VENUE                                                    BOX OFFICE
Mon 19th – Sat 31st (not 25th)    LONDON, Soho Theatre                                 020 7478 0100

FEBRUARY
Weds 4th                              EXETER, Phoenix Theatre                                 01392 66708
Thurs 5th                               WINCHESTER, Railway Inn                               01962 867795
Sat 7th                                  CANTERBURY, Marlowe                                  01227 787787
Tues 10h                               CARDIFF, Clwb Ifor Bach                                029 2023 2199
Thurs 12th                             COVENTRY, Tin Angel                                      02476 230 699
Fri 13th                                  DUBLIN, Workmans Club                                 +353 1 670 6692
Sun 15th                               BIRMINGHAM, Electric Cinema                      0121 643 7879
Tues 17th                              LEICESTER, The Y Theatre                                 0116 2557066
Weds 18th                            WOLVERHAMPTON, The Civic                        0870 320 7000
Thurs 19th                             BRIGHTON, Dome                                            01273 709709    
Fri 20th                                  NORWICH, Playhouse                                     01603 598 598
Sun 22nd                              BRISTOL, Tobacco Factory                              0117 902 0060
Mon 23rd                             CAMBRIDGE, Junction                                     01223 511 511
Tues 24th                             HULL, Fruit Space                                              01482 221113
Weds 25th                           LEEDS, Wardrobe                                              0113 383 8800
Thurs 26th                            SHEFFIELD, Crucible                                          0114 249 6000
Fri 27th                                 YORK, Duchess                                                  01904 641413
Sat 28th                               DERBY, Deda                                                     01332 370911
MARCH
Mon 2nd                              LIVERPOOL, Unity Theatre                               0844 873 2888
Tues 3rd                               FOLKESTONE, Quarterhouse                            01303 858500
Weds 4th                             NOTTINGHAM, Arts Theatre                             0115 947 5925
Thurs 5th                              NORTHAMPTON, NN Café                               01604 638944
Fri 6th                                   READING, South Street                                     0118 960 6060
Sat 7th                                 MANCHESTER, Gorilla                                       0161 407 0301
Sun 8th                                COVENTRY, Warwick Arts Centre                    024 7652 4524
Weds 11th                           OXFORD, The North Wall                                  01865 319450
Fri 13th                                 MULL, Comar                                                     01688  302211   
Sat 14th                               SKYE, Aros Centre                                              01478 613649
Mon 16th                             NEWCASTLE, The Stand                                     0844 693 3336
Tues 17th                             EDINBURGH, The Stand                                     0131 558 7272
Weds 18th                           GLASGOW, The Stand                                      0844 335 8879
Thurs 19th                            STOCKTON, Arc                                                 01642 525199
Sat 20th                               KENDAL, Brewery Arts                                       01539 725 133
Fri 27th                                 BELFAST, MAC                                                    028 9023 5053
Sat 28th                               LONDON, Battersea Arts Centre                     020 7223 2223

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