Janey Godley

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Janey Godley
Godley at the BAFTA Awards in 2008
Born (1961-01-20) 20 January 1961 (age 57)
Glasgow, Scotland
WebsiteOfficial website

Janey Godley (born 20 January 1961) is a Scottish stand-up comedian and writer from Calton, Glasgow.[1]


Godley began her stand up career in 1994.[2] She won an award for the "Best Show Concept" at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival in 2002, and the "Spirit of the Festival" in 2006.[3] In 2005 her autobiography Handstands in the Dark was published.[4] In 2006, she was a finalist for the Edinburgh Evening Times'"Scotswoman of the Year" award.[5] In 2002, 2006, 2008 and 2009, she was nominated as "Best International Guest" by the New Zealand Comedy Guild.[6]


Her daughter Ashley Storrie is also a stand-up comedian,[7] and the two have worked together, both in support of the National Autistic Society of Scotland,[8] as well as performing together at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016.[9]

Political activism[edit]

In February 2016 Godley joined a group of comedians on a tour of the UK in support of Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, although she is a supporter of the Scottish National Party.[10]

In 2016 Godley was pictured standing outside Donald Trump's Turnberry Golf resort holding a sign stating "Trump is a Cunt", which went viral. She was prevented from approaching her subject by Police Scotland.[11] Following a protest in Glasgow which she organised in November 2016 just prior to the election of Trump as President, she received rape threats through Twitter.[12]


  1. ^ "Petrol bomb pensioner shows old gang hatreds die hard". The Scotsman. 6 January 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  2. ^ Solutions, Powder Blue Internet Business. "Janey Godley, comedian : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". www.chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  3. ^ Solutions, Powder Blue Internet Business. "Janey Godley, comedian : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". www.chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-02-19.
  4. ^ "Handstands in the Dark listing at Random House". Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  5. ^ Robertson, Linda (18 October 2006). "Last chance to vote for Scotswoman of the Year". Evening Times. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Janey Godley". Scottish Comedy Agency. Retrieved 2017-02-19.
  7. ^ "Interview: Ashley Storrie – 'I have been known to go a bit Tonto'". The List. 2016-06-08. Retrieved 2017-02-19.
  8. ^ "Autistic acts trained by Janey Godley aim to raise a few laughs". The National. Retrieved 2017-02-19.
  9. ^ Beech, Mark (3 August 2016). "Top 8 Shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2016". BLOUINARTINFO. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Comedian on Jeremy Corbyn's #JC4PM tour has said she would never vote for him". The Independent. 2016-02-03. Retrieved 2017-02-19.
  11. ^ "Comedian Janey Godley plans Glasgow Against Trump rally in George Square". The National. Retrieved 2017-02-19.
  12. ^ Gilbert, Julie (2016-11-06). "Glaswegian Janey Godley threatened with rape after George Square Trump protest". glasgowlive. Retrieved 2017-02-19.

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