Becky of Team DC went to see Josie Long on Tour in Manchester last week:
Josie Long is a comedienne I hadn’t heard of until recently – strangely within the space of a week I’d see her on “Eight Out of Ten Cats Does Countdown”, she’d been mentioned by my date in reference to famous people I look like, and then her gig was advertised in Gorilla. I took this as a sign that perhaps I might enjoy her comedy, or she may have some valuable life lesson to teach me. Indeed, if I’d been a bit more on the ball I’d have known that she has three nominations for Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show under her belt. I’d catch that trolley later….
So on a sunny early spring afternoon in Manchester I sat in the darkness of the club behind Gorilla watching weird and wonderful images of goats and Russians waiting for Josie to appear on stage. Then, from the DJ booth with arms waving in the air she appeared, and an afternoon of fun, frivolity and heartbreak began.
The show covers her heartbreak in the summer of 2013 to “in about an hour, after the show.” It’s a gently undulating journey of her heartbreak and romances interwoven with some truly hilarious impressions of 1940s detective-speak, from which my friend and I are still laughing and using phrases, which, quite frankly should come back into vogue.
There are interjections of politics and observation in between the whimsy and silliness that make the show heart felt and thought provoking. An afternoon well spent… and even my friend, Dave, now agrees I look a bit like her.