KERRY GODLIMAN

Kerry Godliman: Facetime: The Stand Comedy Club, Edinburgh, 2014
Always Be Comedy (2 shows): The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2016
Always Be Comedy (2 shows): The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2017
Always Be Comedy (2 shows): The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2018
Always Be Comedy (2 Shows): The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2019
Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2020
The Bike Project’s Wheelie Fun Charity Quiz: Online: 2020
Just The Tonic Working From Home: Online: 2020
Always Be Comedy (2 shows): Online: 2020
#SaveLiveComedy: (Show 2): The Clapham Grand, London: Online: 2020
Always Be Comedy Online: Online: 2021
Always Be Comedy Online: Suzi Ruffell All Stars for Young Roots: Online: 2021 

I watched comedian Kerry Godliman perform her solo show Facetime at the Edinburgh Festival in 2014 and make several appearances in 2016 and 2017 at the Always Be Comedy club in n London.  Godliman had a brilliant authority on stage and delivered observational comedy at its best. Her material included relationships, parenting, shopping and technology, Godliman’s individual take on life made the difference to her comedy – it was pacey, snappy and devastatingly funny. Each story was set up well, there were plenty of laughs along the way to the big laugh to close the routine. As one-story lead seamlessly to the next, the laughs built and built. It all sounded so clear and easy, but it takes a skilled performer and intelligent comic mind to be this good.

I saw Godliman again play Always Be Comedy in London as a headline act, and also as a special surprise guest in September and October 2018.  She talked about intense female friendships incorporating instantly recognisable characters into her routine.  Routines about parenting, family life and holidays went down well with the crowd and there was sharp thinking behind her well-crafted observational comedy.

Godliman returned to Always Be Comedy in June and October 2019 for a work-in-progress show preparing for a brand new 2020 tour and an appearance on the Royal Variety Performance.  The extremely gifted comedian and actress was an absolute joy to watch delivering more beautifully observed insights into a hectic family life and the set featured an animal impersonation that was priceless.

Babies and cats were subjects in Godliman’s constantly hilarious work in progress set for her new tour Bosh! that I saw at Always Be Comedy in February 2020. Extremely down-to earth in her approach and extremely affable on stage, I was exhausted from laughing so hard and I plan to see the full tour show.

In June 2020, Godliman co-presented an online quiz with Jen Brister to raise money for the Bike Project which takes donated bikes, refurbishes them and gives them to refugees.  The duo was a perfect double act and Godliman had the rare gift of making any situation funny and it was so good to see her delivering the quiz with her co-star and this was a great way to spend a Saturday night during the forced pandemic lockdown in the company of two great comedians.

Godliman was also a headliner at Just The Tonic Working From Home, an online show in June 2020.  I had problems with the internet and logging in causing me to unfortunately miss some of the show, but I did get to see Godliman’s brilliant routine involving the annoyance of a virtual assistant and coping with family lockdown.

The comedian also appeared for Always Be Comedy Online in July and September 2020 and for #SaveLiveComedy (show 2) in August 2020.  In February 2021, the comedian appeared once again for Always Be Comedy Online which featured material about holidays and then in  March 2021 for a charity show: Suzi Ruffell All Stars for Young Roots which featured material about camping.  She was effortlessly funny describing her lock down situation including her experiences of online meetings, social media and trying to get to grips with new technology.

Godliman never fails to continuously make me laugh on stage and online. She is one of my current favourite comedians and I wish her every success.

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