Janey Godley: Tell it Like it is - 6 Mar, The Garage

When a comedian is introduced to the audience by John Smeaton, you know she's going to kick comedy's balls.

Article by Carmody Wilson | 01 Apr 2008
  • Janey Godley

When a comedian is introduced to the audience by John Smeaton, you know she's going to kick comedy's balls. And that's exactly what Jane Godley does. Disarming the crowd with a throwaway joke about Victoria Beckham, Godley then launches into her rough, rollicking and raw set, dealing with everything from domestic discord (sinister hoovering comes into play here), to meeting Tony Blair (this woman really has balls), and Glasgow's terror attacks through the ages. Godley says she's happy to be home in Glasgow where she can swear all she likes, and one can't help but wonder if, when she was in other venues, she culled her killer line - "I'll kick your cunt in" - for the sake of decency. Given her uncompromising comedy, this is doubtful. Fans of her previous work will be familiar with Godley's Glaswegian soap-opera life: grew up poor, married the son of a gangster, mum murdered, brother an HIV-positive heroin addict. But they would also know she doesn't rest on her tragic laurels, instead using her experiences to great effect as comedy fodder. A particular fist-raising moment comes when she talks of her schooldays in Shettleston - but I'll say no more, lest she kicks my cunt in. [Carmody Wilson]