FRINGE PREVIEW – Josie Long: The Future Is Another Place

Josie Long's The Future Is Another Place

Josie Long's The Future Is Another Place

Since winning the Perrier Newcomer Award in 2006, Josie Long has gone from strength to strength: appearing on a string of radio and TV shows, performing to sell-out crowds across the world, and releasing her Trying Is Good show on DVD.

Yet all doesn’t seem rosy in Josie’s world. This year, her show focuses on balancing optimism with despair; and finding herself newly tormented by the world around her.

But, being Josie Long (“one of the funniest comedians on the Fringe”, as we called her last year), we suspect The Future Is Another Place will be anything but depressing…

Josie took some time out of her busy schedule to answer our questions about her forthcoming trip to Edinburgh.

Tell us a little bit about your show – where’s it happening, what’s it about, why should people come to see it?

It’s at the Queen Dome at 7pm. People should come and see it because there will probably be a long play about the Mitfords in it.

What are you most looking forward to about coming back to Edinburgh?

Doing my show to the brilliant crowds! also: tunnocks, the City Restaurant, going swimming at Portobello and seeing all of my friends.

Is that the squarest answer ever?

What’s been your favourite Edinburgh Fringe experience so far?

I did a gig in someone’s living room the other year because they had broken their leg and couldn’t get out to see any shows. I think they were in an impro troupe. It was such a lovely experience and a mad thing to be a part of. That, and doing gigs on Arthur’s seat every year for Lionel Ritchie. Also tunnocks.

If money was no object, what publicity stunt would you do to promote your show?

If money was no object i wouldn’t mind as much if I didn’t sell any tickets, I’d be like “ah! those three people really dug it though!”

Who else are you planning or hoping to see?

I can’t wait to see Claudia O Doherty’s new show, I’ve heard it’s amazing. She is from Sydney Australia and just unlike any other comedian i know, she’s fantastic!

What do you have planned for after the Fringe?

I am going to spend some time in Scotland going swimming outside. I am not even kidding.

Sum up your show in three words for us:

ok, I’ll try…

Thanks to Josie for answering her questions. More information on her show is on the Edinburgh Fringe website. And remember to give her a Tunnocks teacake if you bump into her in August.

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