Three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and very hard to pin down indie-underdog-nightmare Josie Long is back with a new show for the first time in five years. It’s about the mind-bending intensity of new motherhood, but mostly about kindness, gentleness, and joy. Josie spoke with The Fountain about her show, Tender, and her dedication to motherhood.

TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how excited are you?

I am wonderfully excited to be back; I haven’t done a full run for five years and I have missed it so much.

TF: Your show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?

I am glad it sounds intriguing! It’s basically about this – last year I had my daughter and everyone is telling me it is the apocalypse, so how do you welcome someone to the world when everyone is saying it is the end of it?

TF: And what drove the project, where do your influences lie?

Ha in the past, most intense and wonderful and difficult year of my life. Also, Matthew Winning the comedian/climate change scientist.

TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?

I am going to be doing childcare all day every day so please god somebody help me.

I recommend swimming in the sea in portobello.

TF: And what are your future plans, beyond the Fringe?

I am desperately hoping that writing the best stand up show I can will improve my employment prospects in the entertainment industry.

You can see Josie Long: Tender at The Stand from 1st – 25th August at 8:20pm. For tickets, please visit