Somewhere To Believe In


Resilience with Josie Long

Season 2, Ep. 2

This week on the podcast we’re beyond excited to welcome the hilarious comedian and all-round lovely person, Josie Long.

We hear about Josie’s unique journey into comedy, beginning aged just 14. And how she’s determined to extend the olive branch of opportunity to the next generation of young creatives. Needless to say, we talk about the current government's support (or lack thereof) for the creative industries and why she’s decided she’s had enough and is moving to Scotland.

Plus, Paul and Josie have a fan-girl moment over our unofficial resident Geographer, Danny Dorling. While Katherine gives you her two cents about how to be a successful dictator.

Links, resources and episode timestamps (for all you skippers out there) below.



Often described as a unique voice in comedy, Josie is one of the most respected comedians of her generation. She started stand-up at age 14 and went on to win the BBC New Comedy Award. She has continued to perform stand-up around the world and her eighth solo stand-up show, Something Better, had a sell-out two weeks at the Soho Theatre in London, followed by a two-week run at the Barrow Street Theatre New York. Josie has been nominated for the coveted Best Show award at the Edinburgh Fringe three times. Her latest show, Tender, is touring the U.K. in 2020. On TV and radio, Josie has appeared on The News Quiz, Just A Minute, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Skins, 8 out of 10 Cats, and Drunk History. Josie has also worked extensively in factual areas including The Culture Show on BBC2 and as the presenter and writer of Radio 4’s Short Cuts. Josie wrote and starred in the film Super November, directed by Douglas King. The film was nominated for The Discovery Award in the 2018 BIFAs.


Instagram: @josielong

Facebook: @josie.i.long

Twitter: @josielong



Arts Emergency

Book Shambles with Robin Ince and Josie long 

Josie & Jonny Are Having a Baby (With You!) 

Jonny & The Baptists 

Josie at Greenbelt 



00:00 - Welcome to Somewhere To Believe In

00:22 - Katherine and Paul catch up

06:41 - Introducing Josie Long and her work

08:23 - Josie joins the conversation

08:23 - Josie on lockdown

11:34 - Josie on performing online

14:49 - Josie on productivity

15:46 - Josie on government arts funding

18:03 - Josie on how she got into comedy

20:10 - Josie on her inspirations

21:36 - Josie on learning from others

24:28 - Josie on Arts Emergency

26:57 - Josie on the value of art

29:12 - Josie on anger and despair 

34:56 - Josie on politics

36:43 - Josie on small venues vs stadiums

40:45 - Josie on offence

45:44 - Josie on religion

46:25 - Josie on Greenbelt Festival

50:03 - Josie on hopefulness

52:11 - How to support Josie

55:43 - Katherine and Paul reflect on the conversation with Josie

01:03:42 - How to get in touch with us

01:04:23 - Thank you’s


A huge thanks to the Greenbelt Volunteer Talks Team for all their hard work on editing this episode. Our podcast music is ‘I Can Change’ by Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires.



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