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Josie Long: “Brexit was the first time I’d voted alongside moderate Tories. It’s unifying there are things we agree on.”

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Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

On Monday, Josie Long brings her excellent stand-up show – Something Better – back to London for one final performance at Duchess Theatre.  This follows six months of an extremely successful tour, including two-week stints at Soho Theatre (review here) and in New York City.  

Like much of her previous work, the show fuses Long’s endearingly honest anxieties with her hopes for the future, shaped by strong left-wing beliefs.  Her confidence in these beliefs has been tested by a difficult break-up and a crushingly disappointing Brexit vote.  Despite that, the message she wants to deliver is upbeat, funny and profound.

Kindness and Exuberance.  Trying is Good.  All of the Planet’s Wonders.  Romance and Adventure.  You only need to take a cursory glance at Josie Long’s previous show titles to realise what sort of person she is: an optimist.  She’s no different in real life: talking with warmth and excitement, overflowing with passion and ideas about how to create ‘something better’.  And that’s precisely what Long has done in both a literal and figurative sense.

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Category: Comedy
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Josie Long: Something Better, 30th September – 15th October at Soho Theatre

Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

Tomorrow night, Josie Long starts a two-week run at Soho Theatre with her new stand-up show, Something Better.  Like much of her previous work, the show fuses Long’s endearingly honest anxieties with her hopes for the future, shaped by strong left-wing beliefs.  Her confidence in these beliefs has been tested by a difficult break-up and a crushingly disappointing Brexit vote.  Despite that, the message she wants to deliver is upbeat, funny and profound.  

Kindness and Exuberance.  Trying is Good.  All of the Planet’s Wonders.  Romance and Adventure.  You only need to take a cursory glance at Josie Long’s previous show titles to realise what sort of person she is: an optimist.  She’s no different in real life: talking with warmth and excitement, overflowing with passion and ideas about how to create ‘something better’.  And that’s precisely what Long has done in both a literal and figurative sense.

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Category: Comedy
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Isy Suttie: The Actual Book Tour, 15th – 27th August at Soho Theatre

Former Peep Show star Isy Suttie is back with a new live show, The Actual Book Tour, which warmly and hilariously discusses her journey towards finding the right man and finally – if a little reluctantly – becoming an adult.  Ahead of its 12-night run at Soho Theatre starting on 15th August, she caught up with Ian Cater to discuss parenthood, internet dating, giant penguins and ball pits.

On Monday, Isy Suttie starts the next leg of The Actual Book Tour with the show – coinciding with the publication of her first book, The Actual One – already receiving gushing reviews for understandable reasons.

Suttie’s an extremely talented, funny and versatile performer, first coming to fame as Dobby in Series 5 to 9 of seminal sitcom Peep Show.  In the show, she showcases many of these talents, intertwining songs, stand-up and book readings documenting her awkward journey on the way to finding Mr Right.

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Category: Comedy