Gallery: Josie Long's Lost Treasures of the Black Heart

Monday, March 15 2010

It's a rare thing a comedy night that makes you feel like you're part of a club, but Lost Treasures does that. The brainchild of Josie Long, it is a night where comedians (among others) talk about unsung heroes – but more than that, it is also chock full of warmth, games, fascinating monologues and even a live illustrator, taking visual 'minutes' of the show.

It has an official mascot, an official football team and a merch stall. LiF says: "VENERATED!"

And here are some images from last Tuesday's installment, thank you to Gaurav Sajjanhar for these.














Josie Long salutes the aforementioned club mascot, Eugene Debs, the celebrated socialist



















Robin Ince – a man with no shortage of heroes to speak of – praised American philosopher Rick Roderick, author of A People's History of the United States Howard Zinn and Harlan Ellison among others













Music journalist Dan Hancox made a mightily impressive stage debut with his tribute to Nigel Goodall, author of remarkably content-free celebrity biographies. Via the medium of Goodall, Hancox also introduced Lost Treasures to the terms "cast", "character" and "DVD"















Meanwhile the Tower of London came under the spotlight during Sara Pascoe's turn, in particular the concept of the 'pledge prisoner', whereby some poor sod would serve another person's prison term. Here you can also see illustrator Anna Saunders logging the night's key findings



















Fun with words! Jess Fostekew spoke about her fondness for etymology (the study of the history of words) and her new-found respect for the words "sincere", "lunch" and "computer"



















Long hosts the monthly (ish) show with sidekicks Nye Bevan and announcer-bot 2000. Or whoever happens to be around



















Illustrator-in-residence Anna Saunders, who has handsomely documented all of the Lost Treasures shows so far



















Gareth Gwynn, who returned to the club after a previous Lost Treasures show when he blew the audience's mind with his facts about his grandfather


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