Kerry Godliman: Face Time
Warm character, well-executed and unoriginal observations at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
This article is from 2014.
Judgement (or ‘being judgey’, as she irritatingly puts it), is the banner topic for this show in which Kerry Godliman sets her sights on a panoply of modern-day inconveniences. BT call centres, washing machines, reality television and the tyranny of young children are all measured and found wanting.
Though the subject matter is familiar, Godliman’s delivery makes it pop. At times fizzing with ire, she lambasts her chosen targets with skill. Spitting out words at a phenomenal rate, she barely pauses in an hour that seems to zip by while also covering a lot of ground. Despite claiming child-induced sleep-deprivation, her monologue runs at such a momentum that she seems unable to let a few seconds slip by without another punchline.
That’s not to say she ignores structure and pacing. Her confident and speedy delivery leaves little time to check in with the audience, and it’s refreshing that she avoids commenting on the reception of jokes that land both better and worse than she seems to expect. What her observations lack in originality, she makes up for with warmth and to-the-point execution. A pleasing hour with wide appeal, Kerry Godliman’s judgement is sound.
The Stand V, 558 7272, until 24 Aug, 6.45pm, £10 (£8).