Observations: Josie's shows will be Long on laughs
Friday 04 December 2009
Comedian Josie Long has been popping up on our televisions of late (notably Never Mind the Buzzcocks and The Culture Show), but fans take note – she is back on the London live circuit with two regular club nights. Long took a break this year from the Edinburgh Fringe – where she has previously won the If.comedy Best Newcomer award – and Lost Treasures and Adventure Club mark her return to the limelight.
Both nights are cut from her trademark cloth of mixing comedy with sharing, learning and interaction – as seen in her 2008 Edinburgh show All of the Planet's Wonders, and Robin Ince's School For Gifted Children. Lost Treasures of the Black Heart is a night in which comedians go off-material and speak about their favourite unsung heroes and obscure facts. As ever you can expect bonus treats: audience members can submit obscure facts into the "register of obscurity", performers will be selling bespoke titbits at the merchandise table, and a comic illustrator will be sketching throughout the show, with their work-in-progress projected for your viewing pleasure.
"You have this huge potential in the audience that you can unlock at every gig, as they will all work in different fields", says Long. "I've an enormous appetite for finding things out, even if it's only titbits. My mum is a teacher and both her parents were teachers so we've always had a very conscientious attitude to taking interest in the world. My grandma had a fulfilling old age and taught herself watercolour painting and Latin."
The Sunday Night Adventure Club is a revival of an old Josie night. Each night has a different theme (such as "the Mysterious Depths") whichthe comics who drop by (think Pappy's Fun Club, Peep Show's Isy Suttie) take as their inspiration. All in all the sort of evenings that make regular comedy nights look rather one-dimensional.
Lost Treasures of the Black Heart, 8 Dec, The Black Heart, London NW1; (www. josie long.com; www.londonisfunny.com); Sunday Night Adventure Club, 20 Dec, Hackney Empire, London E8
Art Megumi Igarashi criticises Japan's 'backwards' attitude to women's sexual expression
tv Singer could become the most unlikely star of Westeros
Ray Davies' Sunny Afternoon scoops the most awardsTheatre
Grace DentChannel 4 show proves there's no app for happiness
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin file for divorce after 10 years of marriage
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Katie Hopkins and The Sun editor David Dinsmore reported to police for incitement to racial hatred following migrant boat column
- 4 Bookies now say Ed Miliband is more likely to be prime minister than David Cameron
- 5 Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'
Safe House, TV review: Plenty of teasers to keep us guessing but spare us the cliches
Britain's Got Talent 2015: RSPCA investigating Marc Metral's miming dog after cruelty complaints
Star Wars: Rogue One trailer: Watch the teaser for the Jedi-less Death Star heist film
Avengers Age of Ultron 'after credits' scene leaks online days before cinema release
Louis Tomlinson is launching his own record label and has already 'signed two acts'
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
Katie Hopkins on LBC: Listen to caller taking The Sun columnist to task over migrant comments