Resilience with Josie Long


Please note, this recording contains language that some people may find offensive.

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.