5 Things You Might Not Know About: Janey Godley
- Brian Donaldson
- 23 July 2009
1 Having run a pub in Glasgow, Janey Godley was born to tame wild audiences and a stand-up career beckoned. But as well as her progression on comedy stages, she’s a playwright, serial blogger and community worker, having helped kids in drug-rampant areas by teaching confidence building through stand-up comedy.
2 In 2005, she published her autobiography, Handstands in the Dark, which told of her own sexual abuse, the murder of her mother and life growing up around gangsters. In the 1980s an incredible 22 of her friends died of heroin addiction, the subject of her play, The Point of Yes.
3 She claims her strangest gig was at a high security jail where she managed to freak the prison guards out by being on nodding terms with a fair few of the inmates.
4 Godley’s daughter Ashley Storrie first tried comedy at the age of 11 and two years later became the Fringe’s youngest ever stand-up act. In 2006, the pair took their own sketch show to Edinburgh entitled Square Street.
5 Earlier this year, she made a guest appearance as a psychic on River City. Her best memory of filming was getting to ad lib with Johnny Beattie.
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