Pre show info: This is a show about optimism and hopefulness and about looking for people and things to look up to. It’s about wanting more from life than it might be up for giving out. It’s about struggling with realising what you are, who you are and what you can’t change about yourself, and about really feeling like an outsider for the first time.
"I’m 34, I wanted to have kids by now, and be in love, and have a country that didn’t vote with the far right parties to march us all off a cliff. And be able to do all the awesome stuff that activists do, that I can’t do, too. I thought we would have won by now. And I wanted to be taller and better looking." Josie Long promised a show about left wing politics and she certainly kept her promise. It was ‘something better.’ I laughed for the majority of the show, the only time I wasn’t laughing was the interval and the jokes I was too young to understand (which sadly there weren’t many as I am now 21!)
Starting the show with open karaoke, singing The Pina Colada song and narrating the lyrics which made you think about the meaning the song had was a laugh. I have never seen a comedian start their show with karaoke so it certainly gave the show an air of difference.
She was very much into her left wing, vote remain, vote Liberal or labour and who the hell is Trump and why is he in charge?! I could relate to this and hoped that some of the audience, if they were mid or right wing had been converted to the left.
Her open and honest approach to life made me laugh and admire her. She made a joke out of everything, even herself, which must be hard to do actually do. She was entertaining, witty and clever. It was a show that had been clearly thought about and practised, but it didn’t feel rehearsed or staged and I forgot I was at a gig venue, well, The Brighton Dome to be precise and felt I was sat next to her on her sofa drinking pinot grigio with her (she wasn’t drinking pinot grigio on stage let me clarify but she did advertise it as being THE DRINK you have to drink once you reach age of 34 and if you are a woman.) I am sure she increased The Dome’s Bar sales of pinot grigio in the interval by about 75 percent.
I left the show laughing, pondering and with a sense of excitement, which, let’s face it in post Brexit-conservative Britain is hard to feel. She made me hopeful, she made me want to make a difference. She made me feel like there was SOMETHING BETTER out there for all of us, regardless of our political situation