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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Josie Long writes her first book

...and announces a 2023 tour

Josie Long has written her first book, Chortle can reveal – a collection of short stories.

Because I Don't Know What You Mean And What You Don’t is due to be published next year, with publishers Canongate saying: ‘Each tale paints a life in miniature and offers an escape chute from the catastrophes of modern life.’

Stories in the 256-page collection are summarised as follows:

  • Three teenagers believe they are witches.
  • A woman defaces a local billboard.
  • A bored landlord tries to influence his son's best friend.
  • A cul-de-sac WhatsApp group discusses eggs at length.
  • A heavily pregnant woman finds a way to time travel and a girl discovers joy on a stolen bicycle…

News of the title – set to be published in hardback in June – comes as Long  announces her biggest UK tour so far, with 39 dates across 2023.

The new show, Re-Enchantment, covers her turning 40, having her second child, moving to Glasgow and getting diagnosed with ADHD.

Blurb for the show – which debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe this August – satys the comedian is ‘even more delirious with tiredness and chock-full of confused emotion about the ever-changing, terrible yet beautiful world around her’.

Radio 4 regular Long was the first woman to be nominated three times for Edinburgh Comedy Award (in 2010, 2011 and 2012) and has previously performed nine UK tour.

» Josie ​Long tour dates - and our review of the show from Edinburgh.

» Preorder Because I Don't Know What You Mean And What You Don’t from Waterstones

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Published: 31 Oct 2022

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Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2001

The Comedy Clone

Edinburgh Fringe 2004

Big Value Comedy Show Late

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

Free Gaza!

Josie Long: Cara Josephine

Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Josie Long

Edinburgh Fringe 2019

Josie Long: Tender

Josie Long: Tender


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