What have we lost in an online world?

Kerry Godliman
Kerry Godliman

Cyberworld gets the Kerry Godliman treatment as she heads out on tour with her latest show Face Time, taking in Worthing’s Connaught Theatre Studio on Saturday, March 29, and Brighton Komedia on Tuesday, April 1.

As she explains, it’s acknowledgement of the fact that so many relationships are mediated through a screen these days.

“So much is filtered through the internet or other filters, and I think it does change the nature of the relationship,” says Kerry, whose TV appearances include BBC’s Live At The Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.

“I think you do become a different type of person on the internet. You conduct your social life in a different way to the way you used to.”

People feel chained to their devices. As Kerry says, in the olden days, if you missed a phone call, you missed a phone call.

If you lost the person you went to a gig with, you just found someone else to talk to instead. It was all much simpler.

Of course, there are great advantages, in terms of opening up the world, Kerry is quick to stress, but there are losses too – for instance, the notion that a friend is someone you actually have to know, someone you see and that friendship is something that needs to be fed and watered.

“Younger people just don’t know the life that we had before, but I do know older people that just won’t touch a computer because of all that is going on.”

As one of those in the privileged position of remembering how it all used to be, Kerry is able to take up her position in the middle ground – and exploit its great comedy potential.

She might also draw on the fact that she is combining it all with motherhood, as mum to two young kiddies, one aged seven, the other just about to turn four.

“I guess I am just like any working parent, but I am very lucky with my partner.”

She focused on the family plate-spinning, as she calls it, in her show Wonder Woman, which she took to the Edinburgh Festival in 2012.

Her conclusion was that no, she wasn’t actually Wonder Woman and that most of the problems actually came from trying to be Wonder Woman. Far better to acknowledge modestly that you’re not and won’t ever be.

Other recent highlights for Kerry have included supporting Micky Flanagan on tour and playing Hannah in C4’s Derek, as well as writing and starring in her own Radio 4 Show Kerry’s List. She has also recently appeared in BBC’s Him and Her, as well as Miranda, Getting On, Extras, Home Time and Our Girl, and C4’s Spoons, among others.

Combining careers as stand-up and actress gives her the best of both worlds.

“If I am acting, then I don’t gig. It just works out. Stand-up can be quite isolating, but I do love it. It’s a wonderful art form, but it can be a bit lonely so I like to the acting as well.”

But it’s certainly a great time to be a stand-up: “I suppose it is cheap. There is no director. It is just one person and a microphone. I suppose people like the economy of it. Stand-up was huge before and then it calmed down, and now it is huge again.

“But I love it. I loved it even before I started doing it. It is a great night out. If you go to the cinema, you are stuck in that one world of the film you are watching, but with stand-up, there are breaks and you can chat with your friends. It’s all much more sociable.”