Josie Long

Josie Long

In 1999, Josie Long won the BBC New Comedy Award at the age of just 17 - making her too young for the champagne that came as part of the prize. Despite the boost the award would have given to her comedy career, she took time off performing to complete her English degree at Oxford university, returning in 2003.

Following the break, she was named best newcomer in the Chortle awards in 2005, and best breakthrough act the following year. In 2006, she also scooped best newcomer in the if.comedy awards for her solo Edinburgh debut, Kindness and Exuberance.

She was subsequently nominated for the Edinburgh comedy award three years running: 2010, 2011 and 2012.

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Revealed: Who's on the next Live From The BBC

Stand-up showcase to return

Josie Long, Sara Pascoe and Liam Williams are to feature in the second series of Live From The BBC, Chortle can reveal.

Doc Brown, John Robins and Ivo Graham have also recorded sets for the return of the stand-up showcase.

Filmed earlier this month at the Radio Theatre in London, their performances will air on BBC Three in the next few months, with a subsequent broadcast on BBC Two expected.

Twelve acts featured across six episodes in the first series last year, including James Acaster, Nish Kumar and Sofie Hagen. But Chortle understands that just the six sets will feature in the forthcoming series.

The show’s aim is to promote upcoming talent that might be unfamiliar to the general television audience, but ratings were low when the first series repeated on BBC Two, with the final episode featuring Adam Hess and Dane Baptiste attracting just 390,000 viewers when it broadcast on March 23 – although the performances were still available on iPlayer at the time.

Live From The BBC is made by Phil McIntyre Television, with Kate Daughton the BBC’s commissioning editor.

- by Jay Richardson

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Published: 19 Jan 2017

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