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osie Long is a total delight. From her breathy childlike excitement about the wonders of the world to her heart-breaking stories of love lost to her passion for politics, she attacks everything she does on


stage with great enthusiasm. Hilariously funny, whilst also remaining incredibly approachable and ‘everywoman’, she’s been on the TV, on the radio, goes to Edinburgh every year and has toured the world with her shows, of which she has now had seven. Her latest is Cara Josephine, and she’s bringing it to Te Playhouse this month. Just check out her immense website for some fun. I can’t bloody wait to see another of her shows, and was honoured to chat with her about stuff and nonsense.


How did you got your foot on the comedy ladder back in 2006? I think I always wanted to be a comedian; as a kid I always knew that was what I wanted too do so I was quite lucky in that respect. Tere was a comedy workshop near where I lived when I was 14 and I started going to that. As soon as I started it I fell in love with it and never didn’t want to do it. Can you tell me about your new show Cara Josephine? It’s a show about how I felt in the summer of 2013. I got my heart broken and I thought about love and how I approach relationships. I talk about how much I love my sister and my niece and stuff. Talking about it now it seems like that would only take five minutes! Te show’s very silly and has bits in about how much I love Radio 3. Again, that doesn’t sound as cool as it should do! It’s a silly show but also personal; I make myself quite vulnerable in it as I talk about things that are quite true. I’ve been to see you three times in Norwich with various shows. Te last one I saw, Romance and Adventure was a lot more political than the first couple I saw. What has created this shift in what you want to talk to people about onstage? I definitely had a kind of process or epiphany where I became a bit more politically active around 2009 and 2010. I’d moved in with my boyfriend at the time in Hackney. I had a really idealised image of what it might be like political, like 1970’s radical


Hackney. I thought I’d move there and instantly be involved in loads of left wing things, but when I got there I just felt worry and confusion about gentrification. I really felt like I was a socialist and a feminist but I wasn’t doing anything to back it up in my local community. I realised that going to Glastonbury Festival is not political activism! When the Tory government came in it felt imperative for me to talk about it, and I felt upset and plagued and angry about it all the time. So I felt I had to talk about it. It seems to me you have two definite sides; your carefree, child like enthusiasm, and your angrier, more barbed political side. Would you say that’s the case? I’m a mixture of the two. I like to think over the last few years my voice has become a bit more diverse, and it means I can have a bit more of a range of emotions on stage. I hope it’s still quite broad. My new show is not totally optimistic and carefree as it’s about heartbreak. But it’s also not pessimistic. It’s more about my life rather than what I think about the world which is different. I hear you’re writing a screenplay for a full-length film…what’s it about? It’s about a hapless woman who lives in Glasgow, played by me, who thinks her life is going really well but then her sister who lives nearby moves away and the bottom falls out of her world. It’s about her romances and her job and her family and her loving politics and wanting to get involved but not knowing how to do that. We’re really hoping to make it in the summer and hope it will be distributed next year. You’ve toured an awful lot all around the world with your shows. What’s the most magical place you’ve ever been to? I climbed Mount Kenya for charity a few years ago and at the very top it’s almost lunar; there’s so little fauna and flora that can survive up there. Te sun was rising and we were reaching the summit, and there was this little crater with some water in it and the moon and the sun were above it and it looked so strange like we were in space. What makes you laugh and who are your favourite comedians? One of my favourites is Flight of the Conchords, and I love Maria Bamford, Nish Kumar and Sarah Pascoe.


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Josie Long brings her show Cara Josephine to Te Playhouse on 20th February. Tickets from www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk


6/ February 2015/outlineonline.co.uk


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