Sat 08 Feb 2020

Impatient Productions presents

Josie Long - Tender

The three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee is finally back on the road next year with a brand-new show about the mind-bending intensity of new motherhood, but it is also about kindness, gentleness and joy.

A cult-optimist herself, Josie wants her audiences to feel optimistic about the future, although in this current day and age, that's a big ask. But at the very least there will be some silly voices. Of course, its Josie Long: society's biggest issues that we're facing today, from climate change to Boris Johnson, cannot be ignored, but Tender's main focus is about bringing new life into this ever-changing world.

Having started performing comedy at just 14, Josie went on to win the BBC New Comedy Award, Chortle Best Newcomer, Best Newcomer at the 2006 Edinburgh Comedy Awards and then was nominated for Best Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards three years running. She has since sold out West End runs, performed at the most prestigious comedy festivals in the world, written five solo tours and sold out shows in LA and New York.

On screen, Josie has been seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Never Mind the Buzzcocks (BBC2), You Have Been Watching (Channel 4) and Skins (Channel 4), for which she also wrote. She has presented on BBC 6Music, was nominated for a Radio Academy Award for her adventurous short documentaries Short Cuts on Radio 4 and earned a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award nomination for her two short feature films, Let's Go Swimming and Romance and Adventure and her recent feature film, Super November, was nominated for a BIFA Discovery Award.

In 2011, Josie started an ongoing project called the Alternative Reality Tour; an anti-cuts, pro-youth, no-profit performance in a bid to fight for social justice and support public art, and is co-founder of the Arts Emergency Service, a charity which aims to support students from underprivileged backgrounds who wish to study arts degrees.

Josie's new podcast Speaking With Shadows is available now at

Her previous show, Cara Josephine, is available to watch on Soho Theatre on Demand at

All The Planets Wonders and Josie and Jonny Are Having a Baby (With You!) are available to download via Josie's website


Riotously hilarious... a uniquely optimistic hour of comedy.

The Skinny 

This show dances between the apocalyptic and the optimistic...a playful and intelligent hour.


Beautifully written. You leave feeling hopeful ...and a good dose of joy and silliness.

Funny Women 

Incredibly funny... a joy throughout.

Young Perspective 

Her excitability is as infectious as always...explicitly personal and positive... an hour of near constant laughs.

The Scotsman 

Full of love and defiant joy.

The Guardian 

A show about faith and love and a pleasure to watch. Life-affirming in every sense.

The i 

Long is as playful and match fit as ever... She is articulate, passionate and intense, but heartwarmingly funny, too.

Evening Standard 

Energetic act-outs, sweary surprises and dramatic, comedic excitement. There are also moments of real beauty.


We need people like Josie Long now more than ever.

Broadway Baby 

Long's skill as a comedian is undimmed... acutely funny... the laughs keep coming.

Fest Mag 

A genuine joy to spend an hour with Long.

The List 

Her relentless cheeriness would win over even the most cynical of hearts.

Arts Desk 

You can't argue with a room full of laughter and love.

Edinburgh Festivals Mag 

A cleverly constructed and thoughtful show.

The Wee Review 

Brilliantly evocative, an original and unflagging spirit.

The Times 

She's the consummate comedian. A wonderful talent.

Broadway Baby 

Instils her audience with a positive, feelgood feeling.


An absolute delight.

Time Out