An Act of Godley: Janey Godley
A sweary and passionate hour which tackles her recent moment in the tabloid sun
This article is from 2016.
Janey Godley recently went viral as the lady with the 'Trump is a cunt' poster being apprehended by a polis outside Trump Turnberry, and she has a lot to say about that day in her new show. There's more to the image than meets the eye: it's a tale of breaking away from the crowd, standing up to authority and being heckled by a group of fat, golfing American men. There's politics talk here, of course, but it's measured: Godley isn't about to tell a nation who they should vote for (even if Trump is still 'a cunt').
She pauses to wonder whether we're offended by her use of the word, as well as a joke about how being locked in a cellar by some mad man – with the occasional shag and Greggs' pastie – could be seen as a nice weekend break for a single mum with kids. But Godley also talks with fondness and humour about her dad, his accidental old-person political incorrectness, and that one time he had a stroke while on the phone to her while she was thousands of miles away in LA.
When she's making the case for Scottish women over 45 – forget ISIS, these premenopausal warriors ought to be feared the world over – her strength in shouty, strong humour comes to the fore. Janey Godley is Scottish comedy personified: sweary, passionate and really funny.
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