Josie Long Bounds onto stage with a joyful, excitable and contagious energy in her show Cara Josephine. Long is basically a modern day Oprah. She takes us through all she has learned about Family and Romance in her lifetime, the past couple of years specifically. She takes her ‘UHUH!’ moments and shares her insights. Not only is it almost a cathartic therapy session for her but also a tutorial for the audience.
After going through an extremely hard break up Long explains her current mind set and how she vows not to make the same mistakes again. She takes a critical eye to her past relationships and the decisions she has made. Also touching on how her parents and their marriage breakup impacted on her childhood and relationships as well. Now, this might not sound like the building blocks to a comedy goldmine, but that is why Long is so so good. She takes real and relatable everyday life experiences and finds the humour in it, without losing the rawness and thoughtfulness at the same time.
Long perfectly balances the comedy and raw honesty in her material. You will easily go from laughing to crying and then make a sharp u turn straight back to laughing again. It is an emotional rollercoaster, but totally worth the stomach turning ride. It’s uplifting and touching to say the least.
Cara Josephine also works partly as a love letter of sorts to Longs Sister. She speaks with such affection and love for her sibling. Although such different people, they are each other biggest fans and greatest supports. Now with the addition of Longs Niece her adoration for sister and child only flourishes with each day.
Long seems fearless on stage, even though talking about her many insecurities when it comes to life and love, it seems she has found an inner peace of sorts. She knows that the future won’t be perfect, she will make mistakes. But she is ready to face it head on, she will embrace not flee from it.
Make sure you don’t miss your chance to experience this hour long amusement park ride of a show.
Josie Long Cara Josephine is on at Melbourne Town Hall