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Johnny Miller presents ... Mike Gilhooly & Rich Luke
Johnson and Boswell: Late But Live
Jokes, Stories And A Different Guest Every Night
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Josie Long: Trying Is Good
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Just A Minute [Fringe 2007]
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Josie Long: Trying Is Good
Josie Long: Trying is Good'
On tour in 2007, filmed at The Hen and Chickens in Bristol for a DVD
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Trying Is Good is about liking people, looking at strangers and imagining their lives, about trying to give people the benefit of doubt and about respecting people who choose to do ridiculous things. Josie loves eccentrics and crazy artists and also playing singstar with her housemates.
Original Review:Anyone unfamiliar with Josie Long until she won the first if.comedy best newcomer award last year will most likely spend the first third of her follow-up show wondering what on earth all the fuss was about.
She spends a good while meandering around the houses, and generally finding that Mr Comedy isn’t at home. She tries to explain she isn’t sure of her own indie girl self after discovering unlikely penchant for the gym and chart r ‘n’ b music; digresses about the computer game Battleships and imagines a back story for the strange bearded man she’s spotted in Edinburgh.
It’s all rather random, with little cohesion between the strands. Possibly it’s a consequence of her uncertainty about her own personality that the show initially seems rudderless, but she’s good-natured and enthusiastic, so we patiently humour her. Each disjointed segment usually has a decent joke at its centre, but they all tend to tail away to babbling nothings.
Gradually, though, she finds some sort of focus as her core theme comes to the fore. Long gets excited by people who are prepared to put the effort in, even if there is little reward – constructing elaborate fancy-dress for a party, for example – and wants to share that joy.
Once she gets enthused, the feelgood factor kicks in and she hits her warm, inspirational stride. She finds glee in the simplest things, but always very human ones, and stirs the audience to do the same.
A good chunk of her show is dedicated to one, almost mundane, experience, when she found a wheat-free bread she adored and decided to make a pilgrimage to the bakery where it was made, on an anonymous industrial estate, so she could meet the man behind it.
It’s a bit long-winded for what it is, as Long herself admits, but her dedication and zeal eventually proves infectious, and the bold decision to stick with the tale pays off. It does, after all, emphasise the ethos underpinning all her comedy; that you should always follow a passion, however quirky.
As always, she’s utterly genuine and thoroughly committed to celebrating human endeavour, even the apparently pointless ones, and this idealism and sincerity is where her charm lies. The show may have got off to a ragged start, but you can’t take that away from her.
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett
Hmm, its a tad patronising to essentially say; she's not funny but awh, isn't she agreeable. She's a comedian! Gets paid to make people laugh! She doesn't have to do anything else in life except think of material to make people laugh and from my experience of her she fails frequently except for the weakest, mildest attempt at humour. But it's fine that she has weak show because she's sweet..? I think we're missing the point.
Someone told me that I would like Josie Long. I loved her!
Three starse? How tight is that? A wonderfully engaging and funny show. If you see only two shows in Edinburgh, make sure this is the other one!
I saw Josie trying out bits of this, and it looks to be a brilliant show. Whimsy, postcards, pictures, jumpers, cake, loads of lovely delightful things that just make you smile. Go see this and your life will be better, I guarantee. 5 stars/5
Saw Josie's final prev for Trying is Good last night and all the gags have developed really well. I'll make no bones that I always find her excellently fresh and extremely inventive in both her delivery and material. The audience just bask in her sunniness and relish when she slyly slips in something darker. There were some excellent riffs in there - her breadventure, stuff about her younger brother and her dream finacee being my favourites. Josie Long rocks and hopefully will inspire lots of us new stand ups to find our own voice and material and run with it. She's ace and the show is a must see!
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The Book Club
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The Marx Brothers' Animal Crackers
The Comedy Clone
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Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People
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