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Josie Long –  Tender

Three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Josie Long brings her brand new show about the mind-bending intensity of new motherhood, kindness, gentleness and joy to The Stand on 17th February. Of course, Boris Johnson and climate change still get a mention.

The three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee is finally back on the road next year with a brand-new show about the mind-bending intensity of new motherhood, but it is also about kindness, gentleness and joy.

A cult-optimist herself, Josie wants her audiences to feel optimistic about the future, although in this current day and age, that’s a big ask. But at the very least there will be some silly voices. Of course, its Josie Long: society’s biggest issues that we’re facing today, from climate change to Boris Johnson, cannot be ignored, but Tender’s main focus is about bringing new life into this ever-changing world.  

Having started performing comedy at just 14, Josie went on to win the BBC New Comedy Award,Chortle Best Newcomer,Best Newcomer at the 2006 Edinburgh Comedy Awards and then was nominated for Best Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards three years running. She has since sold out West End runs, performed at the most prestigious comedy festivals in the world, written five solo tours and sold out shows in LA and New York.

On screen, Josie has been seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Never Mind the Buzzcocks (BBC2), You Have Been Watching (Channel 4) and Skins (Channel 4), for which she also wrote. She has presented on BBC 6 Music, was nominated for a Radio Academy Award for her adventurous short documentaries Short Cuts on Radio 4 and earned a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award nomination for her two short feature films, Let’s Go Swimming and Romance and Adventure and her recent feature film, Super November, was nominated for a BIFA Discovery Award.

In 2011, Josie started an ongoing project 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, 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.


Josie’s new podcastSpeaking With Shadows is available now at


Her previous show, Cara Josephine, is available to watch on Soho Theatre on Demandat


All The Planets WondersandJosie and Jonny Are Having a Baby (With You!)are available to download via Josie’s website



★★★★★“Riotously hilarious…such a uniquely optimistic hour of comedy…it is a dose of medicine which is so very needed” THE SKINNY

★★★★★“A playful and intelligent hour” ONE4REVIEW

★★★★★“Beautifully written… you leave feeling hopeful, with enough energy to keep fighting and a good dose of joy and silliness” FUNNY WOMEN

★★★★★“Incredibly funny… a joy throughout” YOUNG PERSPECTIVE

★★★★“The mother lode of love, joy and laughs” THE GUARDIAN

★★★★”What a delight it is to have Josie Long back… the perfect cure for a spot of November SAD” THE TELEGRAPH

★★★★“In Long’s hands, the material is revitalised… there’s something refreshing and sort of revolutionary about it” THE i

★★★★“Articulate, passionate and intense, but heart-warmingly funny, too” EVENING STANDARD

★★★★“Her relentless cheeriness would win over even the most cynical of hearts” THE ARTS DESK

★★★★“As infectious as always…Tender is explicitly personal and positive” THE SCOTSMAN

★★★★“It’s a genuine joy to spend an hour with Long” THE LIST

★★★★“Long’s skill as a comedian is undimmed… so personal and so humorous with it, too” FEST

★★★★“There is so much love in the room for Josie Long” EDINBURGH FESTIVAL MAGAZINE

★★★★“We need people like Josie Long now more than ever”BROADWAYBABY

★★★★“Acleverly constructed and thoughtful show” THE WEE REVIEW



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Mon 11th-Weds 20th                        LONDON, Soho Theatre                                 0207 4780100



Fri 17th                           CAMBRIDGE, Junction                                   01223 511 511

Thurs 23rd                       COVENTRY, Warwick Arts Centre                    024 7652 4524

Sat 25th                          FOLKESTONE, Quarterhouse                           01303 858500

Thurs 30th-Fri 31st               OXFORD Old Fire Station                              01865 263980



Sat 1st                            NORWICH, Playhouse                                   01603 598 598

Sun 2nd                           NOTTINGHAM, Playhouse                                0115 9419419

Weds 5th                                      CRAWLEY, Hawth                                       01293 553636

Sat 8th                                           MANCHESTER, Dancehouse                             0161 237 1413

Sun 9th                           SHEFFIELD, Leadmill                                    0114 221 2828

Weds 12th                       ALDERSHOT, West End Centre                        01252 408040

Thurs 13th                       LEICESTER, The Y                                       0116 2557066

Sun 16th                          GLASGOW, The Stand                                   0844 335 8879

Mon 17th                         NEWCASTLE, The Stand                                0844 693 3336

Thurs 20th                       BATH, Komedia                                          0845 293 8480

Fri 21st                           GREAT TORRINGTON, The Plough Arts Centre     01805 624624   

Sat 22nd                          WORTHING, Pavilion Theatre                          01903 206206

Tues 25th                                    BIRMINGHAM, Old Rep                                 0121 359 9445

Fri 28th                           HERTFORD,  Hertford Theatre                        01992 531500

Sat 29th                          READING, Concert Hall                                 0118 960 6060



Sun 1st                           LEEDS, City Varieties                                   0845 644 1881

Thurs 5th                                    LIVERPOOL, Epstein Theatre                          0844 8884411

Fri 6th                            KENDAL, Brewery                                       01539 725 133

Sun 8th                           NORTHAMPTON, Royal & Derngate                   01604 624811

Thurs 12th                       SHREWSBURY, Theatre Severn                        01743 281 281

Fri 13th                           BURTON ON TRENT, Brewhouse Theatre            01283 508100

Sat 14th                          LONDON, Blackheath Halls                             0208 4630100

Thurs 19th                       LINCOLN, Engine Shed                                  0844 888 8766

Fri 20th                           MATLOCK, Grand Pavilion                              01629 584675



Sat 9th                           TIVERTON, Comedy Hall                               07443 502523

Sun 10th                          BRISTOL, Old Vic                                       0117 9877877

Fri 15th                           CARDIFF, Sherman                                      02920 646900

Sat 16th                          WINCHESTER, Theatre Royal                         01962 840440



Thurs 4th                                    NORWICH, Playhouse                                   01603 598 598

Fri 12th                           BROMSGROVE, Artrix                                   01527 577330

Sat 13th                          LANCASTER, Dukes                                     01524 598500

Sun 28th                           CANTERBURY, Gulbenkian                              01227769075

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