Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Funny, Funny Janey Godley

Janey Godley (right) is a Scottish stand-up comedian and writer from Calton, Glasgow – and in case, you’re not aware, she has had years of five-star reviews and sold-out gigs behind her. 

Anyway, I’m sharing the political voiceovers she posts online and they have been more than well-received – and believe me, if you can get past the heavy Glaswegian accent – you’ll discover they are all gems.
And I love Godley even more because she has strong opinions about Boris Johnson and Donald Trump – she calls a spade a spade. 

Her humor revolves around her life. And her life was troubled, turbulent and traumatic. 

The youngest of four, Godley was raised by an alcoholic father and a chaotic, debt-prone mother in the East End of Glasgow. She was systematically abused by an uncle throughout her childhood, left school without any qualifications and was married at 19 to the son of a local gangster. Her mother died in 1982, when Godley was 21, murdered, her daughter believes, by her violent boyfriend, who was never charged by the police despite her family’s protestations. 

“I had nits, scabies, we were poor”, she says bluntly of her childhood. “I remember eating out of bins and being a teenager with dirty clothes. But I was bright and I loved reading, so I had the chance to escape. And I’m not ashamed of it, because it wasn’t my fault”. 

That is one of the reasons she does the free fringe (her gigs have an honesty bucket at the exit). 

“I love the fact that people who are pure skint can come through from Glasgow and see a free show, because it’s a very elite business”. 

Note: The excerpts of her early life were taken from The Guardian, published August 19, 2019.

The Scottish comedienne has drawn on her horrific Glaswegian childhood to create comedy gold. She talks about saying the unsayable, as well as taking on Johnson and Trump. 

“I spoke about my Ma being murdered, child abuse, gangsters. Back then, even comics were saying: ‘You shouldn’t talk about that.’ But I’m so glad I did. The amount of people that came up to me and said: ‘I was abused and I’ve never laughed before.’ One of the most important things about comedy is nobody gets to tell you what you can joke about, as long as you’re punching up and not punching down”. 

Janey Godley: One helluva extraordinary woman.

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