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Comedy.co.nz Productions Presents 

Janey Godley

The Godley Hour

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Scotland’s Festival Favourite is back. Bestselling author, playwright and award-winning stand-up. Janey has been the epicentre of yet more extraordinary events, personal disasters and strange-but-true happenings. A sex party in LA with the worst buffet, the joy of finding out you may have been responsible for a man’s death, and her recent pregnancy scare make up this year’s hour of fun.

“Funny and real - an instant winner year after year” The Dominion Post

www.janeygodley.com

 

Showing In:

Auckland Wellington

Dates:

Mon 14 - Sat 19 May, 8:30pm

Venues:

The Classic, Auckland

Tickets:

Adults $28.00
Conc. $24.00
Groups 10+ $24.00
Cheap Mondays $20* service fees may apply

Bookings:

0800 TICKETEK (842 538)

Show Duration:

1 hour
 

Critics Review

Anna Murray, Yahoo News!'After what seems to have been a barrage of comedians using gimmicks and audience participation to shape their shows, it was refreshing to head along to an act that relies on that good old-fashioned ploy of simply standing on a stage and bombarding an audience with jokes.'open/close
After what seems to have been a barrage of comedians using gimmicks and audience participation to shape their shows, it was refreshing to head along to an act that relies on that good old-fashioned ploy of simply standing on a stage and bombarding an audience with jokes.

Scottish comedian Janey Godley has described her show as "an overfriendly cleaner who has wandered in for a chat". And that pretty much sums it up.

There's nothing fancy. It's just Godley and her outrageous story-telling, peppered with more swear words than you can shake a stick at. (I don't think I've ever heard the "c-bomb" used so much in the space of one hour. But it almost sounds poetic in a Scottish accent.)

Godley regales her audience with stories about her Star Trek-loving daughter, her husband who suffers from Aspergers, her tough Glaswegian existence - and the buffet at an LA sex party. She also deftly deals with anyone who dares to distract during her show.

It's not a show for the easily offended, so if you don't like swearing or women grabbing at themselves, it's probably not the comedy festival gig for you. But the rest of you will laugh for a good solid hour. And you can't say better than that.
India Lopez, stuff.co.nz'You can't beat Kiwi hospitality. No sooner had Janey Godley touched down in Auckland than a local hoodlum tried to snatch her handbag. It was a fair mistake on his part - the diminutive Scottish comic looks every bit the harmless, mumsy type - but he had another thing coming.'open/close
You can't beat Kiwi hospitality. No sooner had Janey Godley touched down in Auckland than a local hoodlum tried to snatch her handbag.

It was a fair mistake on his part - the diminutive Scottish comic looks every bit the harmless, mumsy type - but he had another thing coming.

Godley let loose a string of obscenities in her thick Glaswegian accent and scared the poor ruffian half to death.

Learn from his misfortune, comedy fans - if you're after gentle humour, Godley's not for you.

As she told the crowd at San Francisco Bath House on Monday night: "Most female comedians talk about 'I'm so fat, I love cake'. Well, I'm happy with my shape and I prefer c**k."

Over the rest of the decidedly R-rated hour, Godley touched on panda mating rituals, failed attempts at phone sex and role play with her Aspergers husband, and a sex party she attended in Los Angeles (where she "paid $50 and still couldn't get laid").

She described a pregnancy scare at age 51 and shared her theory on men: "All they want is a blow job, a sausage and some pictures of sharks."

It was Godley's first NZ International Comedy Festival 2012 show and, as she admitted, she was still feeling out the audience. There were plenty of hearty guffaws, but a few gasps and uncomfortable silences too.

An unprintable joke about Josef Fritzl (the Austrian who kept his daughter captive and sexually abused her for 24 years) might have been a bit too much for some delicate tastes.

But, for the most part, Godley was a foul-mouthed, bawdy delight. Just don't make her mad.
Theatre scene - Sharu Delilkan'Godley is just naturally funny from the get-go.'open/close
An impressive crowd was assembled in The Classic for Janey Godley’s entrance despite it being a cold and wet Monday evening.

However it was only when she got on stage that my husband realised that the woman who had been smoking right next to us was the one and only Godley. That basically sums Godley up – understated but with something to say. Further emphasised by the fact that she was outside 10 seconds after the show selling her autobiography, Handstands in the Dark.

Proudly Scottish, which some comedians would play more on, Godley is just naturally funny from the get-go.

Her off the cuff reaction to restless audience members who tried to light a candle at the table and who talk loudly to their friends, at the start of the show, make you a tad nervous to move in case you got picked on. But when the audience settled so did she.

Her personal story telling feel draws in the crowd and keeps us enthralled and concerned about her life throughout the hour.

Godley’s no-holes-barred delivery is off limits to nothing and no one. Among which include Asperger’s, Chinese Pandas, depression, orgasms, possums, previous Japanese audience members, The Afghanistan War, The Kardashians, The Scottish government and Simply Red’s music. Even her family, particularly her daughter, husband and colleagues aren’t spared. And you get the impression that standing up and talking is cathartic for Godley, who would sacrifice anyone given the permission.

To read more, go to: http://www.theatrescenes.co.nz/review-janey-godley-the-godley-hour-comedy-festival/#more-1846

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Keeping Up With The Grid
My loyalty for the ladies has finally kicked in as I made it to another female comedians show last night.

Janey Godley ‘The Godley Hour’ has been at The Classic all this week so I was so pleased to get a chance to see the show before the end of her fantastic run.

I had been keeping up with Janey during her time in New Zealand through her blog and podcasts. This year’s visit to New Zealand has been an eventful one where she got to meet her idol Billy Connolly!

Glaswegian Janey Godley is comfortable in her own skin and this confidence means she is a comic who is fearless and provocative on stage. I believe that’s how great comedy is made and how she has been able to produce such consistently funny stand-up year after year.

She comes across open and honest in front of an audience who admire her as she performs her hour show at The Classic in Auckland.

No stone is left unturned as she takes us through her views on men, women and sex as well as other personal stories which often make her husband or daughter part of her act.

Her hilarious escapades are garnished with the odd swear word or four but she is by no means an offensive comic. I found her to be quite the opposite as she comes across honest and smart with an eccentric storytelling style which you just get lost in.

Janey is who she is and I think that’s why people warm to her. This was so evident when watching the reaction of those who met her after the show.

I am glad that there are strong female comics like Janey, proving the doubters wrong one night at a time!

This hour of stand-up is just that, traditional no frills joke and story telling which had a captivated audience roaring with laughter throughout.

Keeping Up With The Grid
My loyalty for the ladies has finally kicked in as I made it to another female comedians show last night.

Janey Godley ‘The Godley Hour’ has been at The Classic all this week so I was so pleased to get a chance to see the show before the end of her fantastic run.

I had been keeping up with Janey during her time in New Zealand through her blog and podcasts. This year’s visit to New Zealand has been an eventful one where she got to meet her idol Billy Connolly!

Glaswegian Janey Godley is comfortable in her own skin and this confidence means she is a comic who is fearless and provocative on stage. I believe that’s how great comedy is made and how she has been able to produce such consistently funny stand-up year after year.

She comes across open and honest in front of an audience who admire her as she performs her hour show at The Classic in Auckland.

No stone is left unturned as she takes us through her views on men, women and sex as well as other personal stories which often make her husband or daughter part of her act.

Her hilarious escapades are garnished with the odd swear word or four but she is by no means an offensive comic. I found her to be quite the opposite as she comes across honest and smart with an eccentric storytelling style which you just get lost in.

Janey is who she is and I think that’s why people warm to her. This was so evident when watching the reaction of those who met her after the show.

I am glad that there are strong female comics like Janey, proving the doubters wrong one night at a time!

This hour of stand-up is just that, traditional no frills joke and story telling which had a captivated audience roaring with laughter throughout.