Fresh from a year out from the Festival circuit, Josie Long has instead focussed her energies on getting fit and reaching her core weight. As such, looking slim and healthy, she is back, with a new boyfriend, a real zest for life and judging by tonight’s running epic run time (running over by a good half and hour) she has plenty to talk about.
When she takes to the stage it looks like things are about to go very wrong as she pretends to be a rude astronaut, taking audience suggestions and half mocking their ’stupid questions’. It’s funny, but not the Josie we all love. Thankfully after the sketch is revealed to be a red herring, the real Long comes out and she is a pure delight to watch, as she excitedly dances about the stage and tells some fantastic stories that has the audience roaring with laughter.
Some scenes outstay their welcome, including a very, very long section about her obsession with Nye Bevin, a gay, Carolina photographer who has taken pictures of his breakfast every day since early 2009. But mainly her tales of obsession with breakfast, hunting for a role model and meeting photographers are a joy to listen to. The set is brimming with her passion for life and her infectious enthusiasm will rub off on the harshest cynic.
Hilarious and heart felt, but the run time (unlike her belly) is just too flabby for its own good.