Josie Long - Romance and Adventure (3 stars)

This article is from 2012

Josie Long

New found cynicism provides counterpoint to bubbliness and irrepressible daft voices

Josie Long has turned 30, and it’s changed her – if her last show was full of wide-eyed idealism and exhortations to activism, she’s now become fully acquainted with disillusionment. And not just the kind when everything’s wrong and you don’t know what to do about it, but the worse kind when you’ve actually tried to do something and realised how futile/difficult that really is. A shift towards cynicism is for the good, though – providing a counterpoint to the bubbliness and irrepressible daft voices that are staples of Long’s comedy.

The goofy act can begin to grate (on climbing a mountain: ‘it was, like, proper high!!!’) when you know just how articulate and thoughtful she’s is capable of being, and she has a habit of frequently squeezing a second, much cheaper laugh out of a decent joke, but there are plenty of moments of real hilarity in this show. Likely to appeal most to those who share her young, urban, liberal perspectives (in fact, if you fit that description you might feel she’s got you pegged a bit too well), it’s scarcely as revolutionary as she makes out, but lots of fun nonetheless.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 27 Aug (not 18, 19), 6pm, £11.50--£12.50 (£10.50--£11.50).

Josie Long: Romance and Adventure

  • 3 stars

Josie has a new show all about the struggle to keep going when you're doubting the world (also, turning 30), which blends cute and awkward with spot-on political rants, wit and intelligence.