Happy Hours presents:
Josie Long / Nish Kumar / Glenn Moore & Goodbear / Jack Rooke
Josie Long + Nish Kumar + Glenn Moore & Goodbear + Jack Rooke
Entry Requirements: 18+
Happy Hours - Comedy in aid of CALM - Campaign Against Living Miserably.
And a goodbye celebration to The Good Ship
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Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award - Nominee 2012 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award - Nominee 2011 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award - Nominee 2010 If.comedies Newcomer Award - Winner 2006 Chortle Newcomer Award - Winner 2005
Josie Long is a one off. Often described as a unique voice in comedy, she is one of the best respected comedians of her generation. She started stand-up at 16, winning the BBC New Comedy Award and coming 2nd in So You Think You're Funny at 17.
She has appeared on: The News Quiz, Just A Minute, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and 8 out of 10 Cats, as well as Australia's Thank God You're Here. And you may have also seen her investigating the glorious rise of online comedy on The Culture Show for BBC2 or heard her on Radio 5's Postcards from a Cataclysm, an Afternoon Play she both wrote and performed in.
Josie started her career supporting Stewart Lee on his national tour winning Chortle's Best Newcomer (2005) and Breakthrough Act (2007) awards. In 2006 her show Kindness and Exuberance won Perrier Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe, and since then Josie has been a one woman touring machine.
2012 - Romance and Adventure 2011 - The Future Is Another Place 2010 - Be Honourable! 2009 - All Of The Planet's Wonders 2008 - Trying is Good 2006 - Kindness and Exuberance
Following her third nomination in 2012 for the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award consecutively with Romance & Adventure,she made a film of the same name with Douglas King and toured the show to great acclaim in Australia and New Zealand. She also made the short Let’s Go Swimming , and was a guest on The Alternative Comedy Experience, Have I Got News For You and Dara O’Briain’s School of Hard Sums.
Her intrepid shows have taken her on 6 UK solo tours and seen her invited to the Montreal (2008) and Melbourne (2007-9) comedy festivals. In Melbourne 2007 she was nominated for the Barry Award. In addition she has had sell out shows at the Adelaide and NZ festivals and at the Los Angeles and New York UCB theatres. Three of her solo shows have been about fostering curiosity and enthusiasm, self-improvement and teaching yourself as much as is possible. In 2008 she released her first DVD Trying is Good.
In 2009 her first radio series aired on Radio 4. Her success in radio has continued ever since, and in recent years she has written a lot for BBC including two contributions to The Afternoon Play. She became a regular guest on a The Back End Of Next Week, a new BBC Radio 5 Live Sunday morning comedy show hosted by Nick Hancock and was the co-host of BBC 6Music Saturday mornings with Andrew Collins in 2011. She regularly contributes to the Guardian Guide. Josie became very popular with young radio listeners when she had a weekly feature on Radio 1's Switch show where she announced words that children had to immediately put into their homework.
She regularly recorded Utter Shambles, a podcast for Comedy Central alongside Robin Ince where each week they interviewed special guests such as Al Murray, Ed Byrne and Stewart Lee. She was also involved in a sketch show pilot called Girl Friday for Objective Productions.
Josie currently presents Short Cuts for BBC Radio 4, which reached no.2 in the iTunes podcast download chart, and is developing her charity Arts Emergency which works to make arts & humanities degrees accessible to all who want to study them. She is additionally writing a book for Harper Collins about how to live a more political life, as well as writing a monthly column for the Guardian called Another Planet Josie also wrote for and appeared in the first two series of Skins as well as directing their online content.
my face hurt from laughing - Ross Noble
the funniest 22 year old woman in the country - Stewart Lee
One of Britain's bright new hopes of the comedy scene - Sunday Times
A terrible cartoonist but enchanting stand-up - The Herald
Young and bubbly......there was an immediate sense this was a comedian of a higher order - Fest (2005)
Like sitting next to the nutter on the bus, but safe in the knowledge she's not a dangerous one - Chortle
Josie Long's show is unpolished, rambling and lovely; just the way she hoped it would be - Observer
It is rare to emerge from a comedy show feeling as though you have seen something genuinely life affirming rather than slightly sordid. Kindness and Exhuberance is not just the exception to the rule - it is breezy and attractively presented plea for optimism and an entreaty to enjoy the more unusual but simple pleasures in life (quirky) it would be hard to leave this show without a smile - Scotland on Sunday.
A box of badges and sunshine soundtrack greet the audience, before the last dregs of cynicism are brushed away by the lady herself. The cheerful Long has endearing energy - The List
She's undeniably special - The Skinny *****
...Long can find the joy in the tiniest and most pointless of things. It's a rare comedy talent and one worth cherishing. Her kindness and exuberance are not to be missed -Metro (Scotland) *****
...there's a lovable romantic sensibility here, reminiscent of Daniel Kitson's, but without the accompanying acidity...heartfelt and eccentric. - Guardian
EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD NOMINEE: BEST SHOW 2015 & 2016
Since beginning his comedy career in 2006, Nish has achieved global success on the stand-up circuit with four rave reviewed solo stand-up shows receiving huge recognition from both industry & fans alike. In 2012 Nish’s debut solo show, ‘Who Is Nish Kumar?’ earned a spot on Dave’s ‘Ten Funniest Jokes of The Fringe’, a nomination for Best Show at the 2013 Leicester Comedy Festival & two sell-out runs at one of London’s most noted comedy haunts, The Soho Theatre. His follow-up show of 2013, ‘Nish Kumar Is a Comedian’ received a plethora of four and five star reviews, another sold out two week run at The Soho Theatre & an invitation to perform at the prolific Melbourne International Comedy Festival the following year. Nish’s third show in 2014, ‘Ruminations on the Nature of Subjectivity’ was also met with great success consistently selling out at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, another run at The Soho Theatre & along with 4 other specially selected comics and an invitation to embark on a stand-up tour of India with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow India. All this superbly hard work was topped off with a nomination for best show at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe and an appearance on Live at the Apollo.
Alongside his flourishing stand-up career Nish has also made the exciting step over to the small screen having graced television sets across the nation on the likes of ‘The Alternative Comedy Experience’ (Comedy Central) curated by Stewart Lee, ‘Live at The Comedy Store’ (Paramount), ‘Live At The Edinburgh Festival’ (BBC Three), ‘Sweat The Small Stuff’ (BBC Three) and ‘Alan Davies As Yet Untitled’ (Dave), as well as a regular writing spot on the recently re-released (and namesake) show ‘The Kumars’ for Sky One. Nish has also thrived as the new host of topical comedy show ‘Newsjack’ for Radio 4 Extra, which won a Rose d’Or award at the end of last year.
“If you like your comedy to be intelligent, inventive, thought-provoking and delivered with a passion, urgency and enthusiasm that makes an hour feel like a fantastic ten minutes, then you’re going to love Nish Kumar’s show… a truly impressive piece of stand-up from a comic in full control of his material and onstage persona.” ***** Time Out
“With his combination of book smarts, righteous passion and sardonic wit, Nish Kumar is the Asian answer to John Oliver.” **** Chortle
“A comedian on the up…. An ingenious, witty look at identity that suggests Kumar will soon be getting known for all the right reasons.” The Times
“A highly polished, subtly innovative stand-up…. He nails the punchlines over and over again, thanks to taut, economical writing that puts audience pleasure firmly ahead of self-indulgence…. His is a talent worth catching up with.” Guardian