Janey Godley

Janey Godley

Date of birth: 20-01-1961
Janey Godley was brought up in the East End of Glasgow. Aged 19, she married into a gangster family. For 14 years, she and her husband ran a pub in the tough Calton area, a venue which saw the first performances by Jerry Sadowitz. In 1994, she turned to stand-up herself and has since played everywhere from the Glastonbury Festival to inmates at Scottish prisons. She was also a contenstant on the 2004 C4 reality show, Kings Of Comedy

In 2002, she won Best Show Concept at the New Zealand Comedy Festival and, in 2006 won the Spirit of The Festival Award. Also in 2006, she was a finalist for the 44th annual Scotswoman of the Year Award.

Her autobiography Handstands in the Dark, a top ten bestseller both as hardback (2005) and paperback (2006), covers her pre-showbiz life.

She writes non-comic features for The Scotsman newspaper, has written and performed a one-woman play The Point Of Yes, and continues to write a successful blog, which she started on Chortle in 2004.

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Radio 4 examines taboo in comedy

New series fronted by Julia Sutherland

Comics including Felicity Ward, Janey Godley and Fern Brady are to discuss using uncomfortable subjects for comedy in a new Radio 4 series.

It’s Funny And It’s True will mix stand-up and interview and be presented by fellow comedian Julia Sutherland, pictured. She previously fronted the BBC Radio Scotland series A Funny Kind Of World which similarly explored how comedy deals with hot topics.

Producer Richard Melvin, who is making the show with his company Dabster Productions, said: ‘It features comedians who joke about things you’re not meant to laugh at… experts at making us laugh at slightly uncomfortable subjects.’

Just two episodes have so far been ordered, which will be recorded this weekend and broadcast in July, although Melvin is hoping to secure more at the next round of commissioning.

They are being taped at The Stand in Glasgow at 5pm on Sunday, along with two new episodes of The John Moloney Show, which is also returning to Radio 4.

Tickets are free and available here.

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Published: 22 Jun 2017

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