Josie Long: Tender

Comedy (stand-up, solo show)

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  • The Stand Comedy Club - Stand 1
  • 20:20
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Impatient Productions / The Stand Comedy Club
  • Warnings and additional info: Strong Language/Swearing. All seating/standing rooms is unreserved and latecomers may not be admitted.
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Sight not needed
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies are not allowed in the venue
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years

This show has performances in multiple locations


Three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and very hard to pin down indie-underdog-nightmare Josie Long is back with a new show for the first time in five years. It's about the mind-bending intensity of new motherhood, but mostly about kindness, gentleness, and joy. All in all, the edgiest thing you will see this Fringe. The aim is for you to come out of it feeling optimistic about the future, although that's a big ask. At the very least there will be some really silly voices, and that’s not nothing. **** 'Brilliantly evocative, an original and unflagging spirit' (Times).

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: Stand 1 is in a basement and access is by stairs at the front of the building from the pavement. Stairs are well lit and in good condition. Seven steps down, turn 90 degrees, then two more to gain access. Staff always available to assist.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 6 - 10
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 111 days ago

Josie Long has spent twenty years being a beacon of hope amongst the cynical cruelty of stand-up comedy. Providing light relief for anyone tired of droll sarcasm, she has never failed to look on the bright side. Audience members would be forgiven for thinking that may change this year as...

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The F Word 112 days ago

It’s a warm and incredibly funny hour of standup from a masterful storyteller, who admits she still feels quite raw from the whole experience. It’s true she does feel like a different performer now, and it’s quite delightful and nourishing to share such an evidently momentous time in her life as an audience member.

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The Skinny (5/5 stars) 114 days ago

Laughter is supposed to be the best medicine, and in a world like the one we currently live in, we need all the medicine we can get. Tender takes a good look at some of the big issues facing society today – climate change, class warfare, and Boris Johnson –...

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One4Review (5/5 stars) 115 days ago

Josie Long is back with her first fringe show in five years and the crowded room is a testament to how much she’s been missed. This show dances between the apocalyptic and the optimistic, thankfully with enough of a dose … Read More...

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Chortle (4/5 stars) 120 days ago

This is an essay on childbirth from a very important position. One that asserts that having a baby is neither 100 per cent idealistic, blissful beauty at every turn, nor the cold, cynical sheer pain that’s equally spouted. It’s about restoring faith in humanity and the future, something Josie Long...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 123 days ago

There is so much love in the room for Josie Long that the experience is not so much like being at a gig. It's more like being in a room with a long lost favourite daughter (it has been a while since she's been to the Fringe) who has returned...

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The Guardian (4/5 stars) 125 days ago

Having a baby is about as far from unique an experience as it’s possible to get, so it’s impressive how Josie Long makes it her private property with her new show, Tender. “I’m the only person this has ever happened to!” she jokes – but Tender does make you realise...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 125 days ago

Who says birth isn’t a laughing matter? ...

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The Times [paywall] (3/5 stars) 125 days ago

Josie Long never thought she would choose to stand on stage and talk about her anatomy. Now that she has had a baby, though, the personal and the political and the worried and the wondrous have blended into one for this thirtysomething comedian, back at the Fringe for the first...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 126 days ago

Imagine being so committed to climate change denial that you feel compelled to interrupt and verbally abuse a woman as she shares her vulnerabilities and anxieties since having recently become a first-time mother. This particularly mind-bending example of heckling is exactly what is faced by Josie Long tonight during her...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 128 days ago

Becoming a parent is a life-changing event, both practically—altering routines and sleeping patterns–and more broadly permanently altering a worldview. Josie Long’s first Fringe show in five years focuses on her 13-month-old daughter, going into detail about her pregnancy, the act of giving birth itself and what it all symbolises. For...

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The List (4/5 stars) 130 days ago

Positive hour amid the global wreckage...

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