Slightly cockney and grumpy, Kerry Godliman could be likened to one of Kathy Burke's comedy characters. Godliman is not unduly combative, and the title of her show, This Isn't What I Was Expecting, refers to how she once politely tried to tell the staff at a Little Chef that her breakfast pancakes were more than a little disappointing.
That's not to say she is afraid to be forthright in the face of misleading pizza advertising (it's just a glorified cheese toastie anyway, she maintains) or train companies who thank their customers for travelling with them when they have no other choice.
From a nervous opening, Godliman finds momentum in fits and starts. There are nice lines – "If it weren't for emoticons I wouldn't know what my father was thinking" – and a deft use of the speedily read terms and conditions at the end of adverts applied to the dishonourable intentions of a male suitor.
On a number of occasions, however, Godliman issues a commentary on a scenario without it developing as a routine, as with her closing remarks about her pregnancy, which are highly descriptive but with little comedy flavour.
The theme of the show, expectations, is mile-wide. Because of the ubiquity of the topics, especially advertising, Godliman struggles to convey a unique voice. But enough flashes get through to keep one intrigued.
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