Kerry Godliman chats Derek, the Channel Four Comedy Gala and her comedy routine

By Rachel Bishop on May 4, 2014 9:31 AM |

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Channel Four Comedy Gala is back for its fifth year, with its usual line-up featuring the cream of the crop from the comedian world.

Proceeds from the event, which will be held at The O2, Greenwich, on May 16, will fund a new operating theatre at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Among the line-up is Alan Carr, Jack Dee, Jo Brand, Jon Richardson, Jonathan Ross, Kevin Bridges, Lee Evans, Michael McIntyre and Seann Walsh.

Stand-up Kerry Godliman will be joining the line-up this year, as she stars in the second series of Ricky Gervais' hit comedy as carer Hannah.

Have you prepared a new routine for the C4 Comedy Gala?

I have just done a tour, so have lots of new routines to choose from. It's going to be hard to choose which bit to do. I'm attached to all of it and we're only meant to be doing five minutes.

What subjects will you discuss and what style is your comedy?

I discuss modern human frustrations, and my style ranges from bewilderment, to fury, and despair. In a funny way.

What do you hope will be achieved for the children of Great Ormond Street Hospital as a result of the night?

Let's hope they make a ton of money to keep up the excellent work they do, providing support and care and treatment and hope for hundreds of sick children and their families.

How did you get into comedy?

I'd always secretly wanted to do comedy, but I didn't know how, so I went to Drama school and went into acting. Then the realities of the acting profession made trying stand-up comedy seem more appealing. So I started doing open mic gigs.

Do male comedians ever make comments about women stand-ups? Not many, most of them are pretty smart, supportive, modern chaps. Mostly.

What's Ricky Gervais like and like to work with?
He's very laid back and a lot of fun.

What's your view on the character of Derek?
I think Derek is a sweet man, who is determined to make the people around him happy.

Kerry Godliman can currently be seen on Derek at 10pm Wednesdays on Channel 4, and her stand up show, Face Time, comes to Edinburgh from July.

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