Janey Godley (born 20 January 1961) is a British stand-up comedian and writer. Her autobiography, Handstands in the Dark, was a UK Top Ten bestseller and she was a 2006 Scotswoman of The Year finalist. She was a columnist for the Monday edition of The Scotsman newspaper from 2007 to 2009. Brought up in Shettleston, Glasgow, Scotland, at the age of 18 she married into a Glasgow gangster family. Her 2005 autobiography Handstands in the Dark describes working-class Glasgow in the years 1961-1994. For 14 years, she ran a public house the Weavers Inn (formerly the Nationalist Bar, later the Calton Bar) in the tough Calton area of Glasgow where she staged the first performances by comedian and magician Jerry Sadowitz.
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