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Strangers the key for Josie

CRASH diets, studying politics and making friends with complete strangers - Josie Long has gone the extra mile for comedy

CRASH diets, studying politics and making friends with complete strangers - Josie Long has gone the extra mile for comedy

The Solihull News is chatting to the young stand-up as she prepares for her new tour and she’s talking us through where she gets her ideas from.

“I decided that every day for 100 days I was going to talk to total strangers,” she laughs. “Sometimes it would get to 11pm and I’d panic because I hadn’t spoke to anyone yet - so I’d get a bit desperate.

“I would strike up conversations on the bus, jump off to speak to people at bus stops and if I was really struggling I’d pick up the phone and dial random numbers. I’m not proud of it!”

Josie’s only 28, but she’s been performing since she was a teenager and is a regular at the Edinburgh Festival.

“I did my first proper gig when I was 15, in some ways it was less nerve-wracking when I was that age. When you’re younger you don’t really stop and think about what you’re doing. When you’re an adult you begin to think about it more.”

She’s also written for TV drama Skins and is currently working on a book, but said that nothing could beat live gigs.

“If you’re doing stuff for other people then you don’t get the same sense of freedom that you do from live shows,” she said. “I love that moment of going out on stage and getting an instant reaction from the audience - it’s magic really.”

Be Honourable, the comedian’s new show, will be visiting some 45 venues - including Birmingham’s Electric Cinema on October 4. Tickets are available on 0121 643 7879.

 

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