"A stand-up so personal in approach I wouldn't be surprised if she breast-fed the front row"
"One of Scotland's finest onstage treasures... Compelling...
ballsy... a breath of fresh air"
"The Glasgow comedy queen"
"The most outspoken female stand-up in Britain... The most ribald and refreshing
comedy talent to have risen from the slums of Glasgow since Billy Connolly... The utterly compelling autobiography Handstands in the Dark has
become a word-of-mouth phenomenon... un-putdownable... her writing is
"Scotland's funniest woman... the Godmother of Scottish Comedy... Godley's certainly a one-off - a cuddly-looking woman
who sounds like the mordantly lippy love child of Joan Rivers and
Billy Connolly... Punchlines
which have the audience screaming with laughter... Effortless stream-of-consciousness riffs that Virginia
Woolf might have written had she only had a pawky sense of humour... Truly inspired... She's not afraid to say the virtually unsayable"
"Some of the sharpest-elbowed comedy in the world"
comic anecdotes that induce gales of laughter"
is real cutting edge comedy and Godley goes into areas others would
need a social worker, three counsellors and a police dog to even think
about... Godley hones
her storytelling skills every week in comedy clubs, but she's even
more engaging when sinking her teeth into subjects that matter... She's feisty, intelligent and sharper than any tack you've ever stood
most professional comics, Janey gets her raw material by throwing
an empty bucket down the well of experience. But her personal well
is far deeper than most - and considerably darker"
"Unlike anything I've heard from a stand-up comic before"
sarcastic... so down-to-earth she's underground"
not unlike the sensation of shock and delight, thirty years ago,
of seeing very early Billy Connolly"
female Billy Connolly"
female Billy Connolly... outrageously
great act. Like Billy Connolly, she simply walks on stage and spins
out umpteen autobiographical anecdotes, laced with mordant wit... Godley is a unique talent"
ferocious instinct for laughs... Take
equal pinches of Billy Connolly and Jerry Sadowitz and you are getting
some way towards the storytelling genius of Godley ... sends a chill
through you even as you are laughing .... mindbogglingly colourful
of the funniest and most controversial contemporary authors and
"The funniest mum on earth... you can't help but love this woman... her dry wit and exquisite sense of irony"
proves herself a phenomenal actress"
spanning theatre, television, radio and newspapers, her recent torrent
of column inches induces respect and incredulity in lazy journalists.
And shame, mostly. Her gangsters-and-all autobiography, Handstands
in the Dark, remains a bestseller and will be published in the US
in January, while her confessional blog continues to attract a crossover,
mainstream following. A long-time-arriving overnight sensation, this
ex-publican can pretend to flash her breasts on the Kerrang! radio station
one night, then duet with camp stand-up Craig Hill for Children in
Need the next... Godley is a little intimidating, a lot chatty and
autobiographical elements she draws on in her stories resemble no
funny and full-on.She has led a life-and-a-half and draws on all her experiences... from an astonishing past that's taken her from Glasgow gangland to off-Broadway playwright, best-selling author and award-winning stand-up... Respected... Accomplished... She's a ballsy, in-your-face comic... One comic you would want on your side in an after hours pub brawl."
ability to control rowdy crowds is already near-legendary."
Godley's not your average comedian... the genuinely sinister backdrop
gives her an angle that other comics can never hope to emulate"
risks arrest if she continues with her stand-up show"
you're bored of comedians telling you things you know and the comfortable
laughter of recognition, go and watch Janey Godley for a change. You
don't know what it's like to be Janey Godley - she does. And she can
tell you all about it with wit, spirit and a truly unique comic voice"
"Janey Godley has two things on her side - a unique experience of Glasgow
life at its most extreme, and a distinct and raucous comic voice with
which to describe it... hilarious, shocking and unsettling"
is brilliant. She is also terrifying. She also is mad as biscuits.
She actually tones it down when she gets on stage. When she gets offstage,
she's completely bonkers."
rather scary Glaswegian comedian"
have a surprisingly tight vagina for a woman who has had a child"
FIVE STARS: "Clever, passionate and lyrical... She is a very rare talent indeed"
FIVE STARS: "The type of act you want to catch again and again, year after year.""
FIVE STARS: "Warm, heartfelt, funky and feisty"
FIVE STARS: "Razor sharp... Wonderfully foul-mouthed family entertainment"
FIVE STARS: "Scotland's
renaissance woman... comedy gold"
FIVE STARS: "Profoundly
touching. A natural storyteller... instinctive comic timing... Janey
Godley's talent is immense... wholeheartedly recommended."
FIVE STARS: "Side
splitting hilarious hour... guilty of almost killing me with laughter, tears rolling down my face, jaw and sides aching"
FIVE STARS: "Masterful....a
warm, witty Glaswegian...the candour and been-there-done-that wisdom
with which Janey speaks on touchy subjects is her saviour"
FOUR STARS: "Revealing, honest... hilarious
one-liners... her intelligence, flair for storytelling, and razor-sharp
wit make this a hot ticket this Fringe."
FOUR STARS: "There
are plenty of hysterical jokes but that's not the reason you should
see her. Janey Godley is broadening the comic genre and it's exhilarating
FOUR STARS: "Extraordinarily
funny and moving... a
masterclass in how to put together a one person show"
FOUR STARS: "It's
the honest, witty revelation of a world apart that makes her material
so inherently fascinating"
FOUR STARS: "The thing about wee Janey is she's a wee bit scary, OK? A wee bit scary and a big bit talented... thought-provoking, absorbing"
FOUR STARS: "Great subtlety... occasional brilliance"
FOUR STARS: "Acutely observed"
FOUR STARS: "Janey had the audience in hysterics....
A genuinely nice, touching and very, very funny woman dont
FOUR STARS: "Charismatic... fierce, funny and abrupt... not for the faint-hearted, but a must-see for everyone else"
FOUR STARS: "Her
patter is as quick and confident as you would expect from a woman who
knows how to talk to men whose faces have been slashed from ear to ear. Godley
has the ear of a natural storyteller and a fearless line in: 'I cant
believe she just said that' punchlines"
FOUR STARS: "Near-the-knuckle... will have you transfixed"
FOUR STARS: "Hilarious
show...She delves depths of depravity like Jerry Sadowitz, but also
exudes a real warmth... you can't help but like and admire Godley"
FOUR STARS: "Rude, mouthy and full of gags...She
is fresh, dark and sharp...This is not for the faint-hearted but is
spot on for those who want a good laugh."
FOUR STARS: "This
is a frequently hilarious, frequently frightening show about her life...If
all of this show is true, and she is extremely convincing, she must
have a damn good lawyer...brilliant...her
concluding story is the best story you will hear at the Fringe this
FOUR STARS: "She has a fouler mouth than Gordon
Ramsay and a deserved reputation for being outspoken, but Janey Godley
is also remarkably endearing right from the start... Some of these stories
are hilarious, others tragic, but all are fascinating... She'll certainly
be the one you'd most like to meet down the pub."
FOUR STARS: "As challenging and honest as ever and her way with words (even the sweary ones) is impossible to ignore"
FOUR STARS: "Janey
Godley is unique...Her audience interactions are gems...just a ruddy
FOUR STARS: "What can I say about Janey Godley except that she is one comedian I can almost guarantee will have me laughing out loud?"
FOUR STARS: "We
know the quality of comedy we get with Janey Godley... amazing"
FOUR STARS: "Terrifing tenderness which keeps the audience coming back year after year... her ability to deliver laughs again and again... fascinating, harrowing, tender and hilarious..."