Kerry Godliman: Face Time (3 stars)

This article is from 2014

Kerry Godliman: Face Time

Photo: Steve Ullathorne

Warm character, well-executed and unoriginal observations at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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).

Kerry Godliman: Face Time

  • 3 stars

Kerry Godliman Star of Live At The Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Kerry recently appeared as Hannah in Ricky Gervais’ sitcom Derek and played Lacey Turner's mum in Our Girl. You might also have caught her in Miranda, Getting On, Extras, Spoons and Home Time among others. Last year she supported Micky…