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 think 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.
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.
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