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Josie's adventure comes to Cornwall

November 13, 2013

YellowBrix

LAST year, award-winning comedian Josie Long and director Doug King made two short comedy films in Glasgow called Let's Go Swimming and Romance And Adventure, which were nominated for a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award.

Now Doug and Josie are packing their limited belongings and second-hand clothes into a camper van to embark on a UK-wide tour, visiting The Acorn, Penzance, on Saturday. They have cleverly titled this tour - Doug & Josie: The Let's Go Adventure Tour.

Recently described as London's answer to Lena Dunham (if only I was as motivated as her), Josie wrote and stars in both films - which were directed by Doug and funded through a lot of goodwill and a Sponsume crowdfunding campaign. Both films follow one young woman's awkward rite of passage into modern adulthood.

In Penzance, Josie will perform a short intro before the films and both Doug and Josie will take part in an audience Q&A afterwards.

Josie said: Life as a stand-up is quite solitary, so I wanted to work with other people basically.

Even when you record comedy shows, they don't really capture what happens in the room, so I wanted to make something more permanent.

I'm so proud that we now get to show them to audiences. So far we've done four shows and to hear people laughing in the cinema is a buzz like nothing else.

Let's Go Swimming features cameos from Scottish indie legends like Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch and Arab Strap's Aidan John Moffat, while Romance And Adventure features cameos from actress Alison Peebles and comedian Jo Neary.

Josie added: Belle and Sebastian are one of my favourite bands so to have Stuart Murdoch being kind about one of my standup shows was amazing. You hope you make stuff that people you admire will like. It was so kind of him to agree to make a cameo appearance.

Doug and Josie are now working on the script for a full-length feature film which will be script edited by Jesse Armstrong, of Peep Show.

The experience was so amazing, that we're doing it with the same characters and same crew. It's wonderful how everyone pitches in. I'm a bit evangelical about it now - everyone should start making films.

Josie, who kicked off her last tour in Falmouth, is looking forward to returning to Cornwall: That show was proper good, it was a very raucous audience. You've got to love a place where people are happy to be rowdy.

You can see the films and take part in a Q&A with Josie and Doug on Saturday at 8pm. See theacornpenzance.com for ticket details.

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