JOSIE LONG: Be Honourable! (UK)

Club Ivy, The Garden Club, 13B Dixon St, Wellington

04/05/2010 - 08/05/2010

Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland

12/05/2010 - 15/05/2010

NZ International Comedy Festival 2010

Production Details

After taking her sell-out New Zealand and Edinburgh Festival show ‘All of the Planet’s Wonders (Shown in Detail)’ on tour, Josie Long is back with a delightful new hour long special called ‘BE HONOURABLE!’
Josie is unashamedly idealistic but totally confused as to how to change the world. This is a show about how what you do each day matters. It’s also about talking to strangers, grassroots, political activism and finding modern heroes. It also quite prominently features a sort-of lecture about a man who takes photographs of his breakfast each morning. It will be as unexpected and life-affirming as a heart-to-heart with a bus driver, but funnier. There will be all kinds of silly things. Are you up for that? Of course you are! You’re a cool looking bunch of dudes! Come along!
Dates: Tues 4 – Sat 8 May, 8.30pm
Venue: Club Ivy, The Garden Club, 13B Dixon St, City
Tickets: Adults $25, Conc. & Groups 10+ $20
Bookings: Ticketek, 0800 TICKETEK, 
Show duration: 1 hour   
Dates Wed 12 – Sat 15 May, 10pm
Venue: The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, City
Tickets: Adults $25, Conc. & Groups 10+ $20
Bookings: Ticketek, 0800 TICKETEK, 
Show duration: 1 hour


PowerPointed passion, idealism and genuine excitement

Review by Phoebe Smith 05th May 2010

Josie Long’s stand up show Be Honourable popped the top off my comed-o-meter, affixing me in a perma-state of giant grin, broken only by primitive howls of hilarity.

When it finished, like a woman possessed, I immediately texted half of Wellington urging them to book tickets and rashly inserting crowds of exclamation marks with nary a grammatical concern.

A large portion of Long’s performance is a kind of PowerPoint presentation based on a man who photographs his breakfast. It is like having a conversation with your funniest friend who has just discovered the literal version of Total Eclipse of the Heart on YouTube. With the added bonus of some scripted jokes.

Alongside this we have the eloquent and passionate observations of Long, aided by her sketchbook of characters and signs. The material is absurd and the patter delightful.

Perhaps even more enjoyable than her comedy is Long’s idealism and her genuine excitement about the prospect of living in a better world.

Hopeful, cheerful, friendly and funny, immerse yourself in the whirlwind of anecdote, Vonnegut, “Things my stepmother has actually said” and the multitude of eggs that make up Josie Long’s, Be Honourable. Highly recommended.  
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