Josie Long: Tender (4 stars)

This article is from 2019

Josie Long: Tender

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Positive hour amid the global wreckage

In the five years since her last Fringe show, one major life change has occurred for Josie Long and this forms the basis of her new hour. Tender is not just about her journey into motherhood; it explores the dichotomy between feeling full of hope at the arrival of a baby, and the dread and guilt that comes with knowing their future is, in many ways, already damned.

There may be an expectation for Tender to be a deeply political hour of stand-up but the three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee's return goes beyond her thoughts and observations on the dire state we presently find ourselves in. Her jokes about the unglamorous reality of being pregnant and giving birth fit neatly with some asides about the growing anxiety that comes with knowing time is literally running out to save the world.

Still, it's a genuine joy to spend an hour with Long, and despite her admission of being unable to avoid the perpetual doom and gloom, her quoting of Greta Thunberg and 'children are the future' approach provides a sliver of positivity among the horror. As she notes here, it's not edgy to be a prick anymore; what's really unconventional is showing love and kindness amid the mayhem.

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Josie Long: Tender

  • 4 stars

Triple Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee returns to the stage after five years away to explore motherhood, kindness and joy.