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Josie Long

One of Britain’s bright new hopes of the comedy scene” – Sunday Times

Josie Long is a one off. Often described as a unique voice in comedy, she is one of the best respected comedians of her generation. She started stand-up at 16, winning the BBC New Comedy Award and coming 2nd in So You Think You’re Funny at 17.

After leaving University Josie supported Stewart Lee on his national tour and won Chortle’s newcomer (2005) and breakthrough act (2007) awards. In 2006 her show Kindness and Exuberance won Perrier Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe, and since then Josie has been a one woman touring machine. (2010 – Be Honourable, 2009 – All Of The Planet’s Wonders, 2008 – Trying is Good)

Her intrepid shows have taken her on 3 UK solo tours and seen her invited to the Montreal (2008) and Melbourne (2007-9) comedy festivals. In Melbourne 2007 she was nominated for the Barry Award. In addition she has had sell out shows at the Adelaide and NZ festivals and at the Los Angeles and New York UCB theatres. Her three solo shows have been about fostering curiosity and enthusiasm, self-improvement and teaching yourself as much as is possible. In 2008 she released her first DVD Trying is Good.

Josie also wrote for and appeared in the first two series of Skins as well as directing their online content.

In 2009 her first radio series aired on Radio 4. Josie has also appeared on: The News Quiz, Just A Minute, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and 8 out of 10 Cats, as well as Australia’s Thank God You’re Here. You may have seen Josie investigating the glorious rise of online comedy on The Culture Show for BBC2 or heard her on Radio 5′s Postcards from a Cataclysm, an Afternoon Play she both wrote and performed in. She regularly records Utter Shambles – a podcast she does alongside Robin Ince for Comedy Central where each week they interview special guests such as Al Murray, Ed Byrne and Stewart Lee. She was also involved in a sketch show pilot called Girl Friday for Objective Productions. Josie became very popular with young radio listeners when she had a weekly feature on Radio 1′s Switch show where she announced words that children had to immediately put into their homework.

Her success in radio has continued over recent years and she has written a lot for BBC including two contributions to The Afternoon Play. She has recently become a regular guest on a The Back End Of Next Week, a new BBC Radio 5 Live Sunday morning comedy show hosted by Nick Hancock.


A terrible cartoonist but enchanting stand-up” – The Herald

Like sitting next to the nutter on the bus, but safe in the knowledge she’s not a dangerous one.” – Chortle

Josie Long’s show is unpolished, rambling and lovely; just the way she hoped it would be.” – Observer

A box of badges and sunshine soundtrack greet the audience, before the last dregs of cynicism are brushed away by the lady herself. The cheerful Long has endearing energy” – The List

She’s undeniably special.” – Skinny Fest

“…Long can find the joy in the tiniest and most pointless of things. It’s a rare comedy talent and one worth cherishing. Her kindness and exhuberance are not to be missed.” Metro (Scotland)

“…there’s a lovable romantic sensibility here, reminiscent of Daniel Kitson’s, but without the accompanying acidity…heartfelt and eccentric.” The Guardian


Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award – Nominee 2010 Eddy’s Newcomer Award – Winner 2006 Newcomer Award – Winner 2005

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