By Rob Nichols
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Josie Long is young, talented and funny, very funny indeed. Last Sunday the south London comedienne was making a very happy return indeed to the Waiting Room restaurant in Eaglescliffe. Her one woman show leaves the audience in the grips of laughter but also with a great deal to think about as Josie strips away the hype and lies to take us on a very humane, human and incredible current political journey.
But first we were introduced to another citizen of Bromley, proclaimed as a South London cabaret wonder, the fantastically named Brigitte Aphrodite. No made up name either as it transpires, we were actually regaled with the ordeal of her christening.
Brigitte is a poet, a punk singer and a teller of tall tales of Suburbia, life and much else besides.
Weirdly on this night a lady celebrating her birthday in the audience also originated from the much lauded and discredited south London suburb of Bromley. This was an evening where the audience warmed to the acts and in this intimate setting we were treated to a special night of charm, comedy and ideas.
Watching Josie Long is such a pleasurable experience and a mind expanding one also as she distills the complex into the laugh out loud. Her highly original and much applauded and awarded live act focuses on the moral wrongs of the right. Her own political response has seen her invited on Question Time and This Week, something she finds deeply hilarious.
Josie frequently diverts from her course in response to reactions from the audience, so I am guessing every interpretation on every night of the tour is very different to the next. But she always heads back on course towards for instance the direct action challenge of the much maligned UK Uncut. Oh and if you thought they have had it rough in the media wait until you hear Josie talk about the US Black Panthers. But don’t worry even when she graphically details her own near-death experience humour is always bubbling up to burst through the surface.
As I stated at the onset Josie Long is a very funny young lady. And with its delicious food and refreshments the Waiting Room makes for the perfect environment for an intimate, friendly comedy gig. And the thing about Josie, is at the end of the night you will have laughed your socks off, learned a good deal but also feel you might just have made a new friend as well in Josie Long.
(Photos - Tracy Hyman)
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