Janey Godley reveals plans to return to live-action comedy after cancer treatment

Comic Janey Godley has revealed she plans to go on tour again in February. Photo: Murdo MacLeod

The Glasgow singer said she plans to go on tour again in February.

Speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Godley said she will be touring with her daughter Ashley, who is also a comic.

The tour will also be the first since Godley has been engulfed in controversy since she apologized for a series of offensive tweets about black American celebrities that emerged last year.

She refused to be drawn to the cancellation of fellow Scot Jerry Sadowitz’s Fringe show, amid claims he featured ‘extreme’ content about racism, sexism, homophobia and misogyny.

However, recalling the criticism she faced last year, Godley said: “The bottom line is that if people get hurt and you hurt people with your mouth, I was taught to apologize. .”

The profile of Godley, who has been performing stand-up since the mid-1990s, has risen considerably during the Covid pandemic thanks to his satirical voiceovers of Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s Covid briefings. She said: “I’m going back on tour in February.

“I took this year to try and get my health and strength back so that next year I can go on tour again.

“I take Ashley on tour with me, she’ll support me at every show and keep an eye on me.

“It will be really nice to be on the road together. My cancer diagnosis absolutely broke her in two. The hardest thing I had to do was tell her.

“I’m not nervous about it, I’m never nervous doing stand-up.

“I didn’t have any big plans to get into acting. I just decided to do it. I just thought, ‘How hard can this be? It’s just talking, don’t is this not?

Godley had provided regular updates on social media as she underwent her cancer treatment and lost her hair.

She remembers: “I didn’t want to wear a wig. I wanted to keep my head bald. I wanted other women to see it and say ‘who cares?’ Many people tried to force me to wear a wig. I was just asking them, ‘Does my bald head bother you? Don’t look at him.

He was asked his opinion on the cancellation of Sadowitz’s Fringe show and the cancellation of culture in general.

She said: ‘People have every right to be offended by what you say. You have every right to apologize if you think you’re wrong. If you apologize, people have the right to accept it or not.

“It is what it is. I accepted I was at fault and immediately apologized. I didn’t need PR to tell me to apologize – I did – even on camera. I said some really hurtful things. It was wrong. Comedy it’s not about hurting people.

For others, what they do is their business. What I do is my business. I was wrong, I apologized and I will maintain this apology until my death.


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