Pavilion’s online double bill coming to a screen near you
The Grand Pavilion in Matlock Bath is to host an online comedy event this month with a special double bill featuring two of Britain’s brightest stars.
Headliner Josie Long, who had been booked to appear in person at the Pavilion, will instead be delivering a set of all-new material live via an exclusive Zoom stream on Friday, April 23, starting at 8pm.
She will be supported by Mark Watson, delivering his show This Can’t Be It, a laughter-filled meditation on the ups and downs of turning 40.
A spokesman for the Pavilion said: “We've been trying to bring Josie Long to our audience for over a year now but some germ from China put that on hold, and since then she's written some new material.
“Meanwhile fellow comedian Mark Watson has been creating something new behind closed doors and would love to share it with us too.”
They added: “What more can you ask for? Don your pyjamas or get dressed up to the nines, and tune in from the comfort of your own sofa to see and interact with Josie and Mark.
“It’s a two-for-one comedy bundle that you'd be crazy to miss out on.”
Josie Long is a three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee who has been writing and performing since she was a teenager, and features regularly on television and radio and has been staging occasional shows via her own Twitch stream over the past year.
Hailed by The Times as “brilliantly evocative, an original and unflagging spirit”, her shows typically aim to unearth reasons for optimism in a world which does not always make that easy.
The self-described “indie-underdog-nightmare” is also known for her proud socialist activism and as a founder of the charity Arts Emergency.
While her new set is still taking shape, it is probably fair to expect some sharp political commentary, infectious energy, and new reflections on parenthood, following on from the podcast Josie & Jonny Are Having a Baby (With You!) and her previous tour, Tender, which earned some of the best reviews of her career to date.
Stand-up, radio producer and novelist Mark Watson is an alumnus of the famous Cambridge Footlights club who has gone on to produce a series of acclaimed and unusual shows in between appearances on panel shows such as QI, Mock the Week, and Would I Lie To You?
This preview show is inspired by the milestone age which marks the halfway point of his life expectancy.
Spiritual enquiry meets high-octane observational comedy as the still very skinny Watson attempts to cram a year of pathological overthinking into just under an hour's stand-up.
Tickets cost £10 per household, plus book fee, with proceeds contributing to the ongoing restoration of the Pavilion.
Tickets are also currently on sale for Derby-born Nashville up-and-comer Josh O’Keefe, who is due to play the Pavilion on Saturday, June 5.
Other dates are starting to fill up the diary too in the hope of a return to live performance, including tribute act Floyd in the Flesh on August 7, and a 1920s Burlesque talent show in October.
For more information, see www.thegrandpavilion.co.uk.