Romesh has graduated from Maths teacher to the Best Newcomer shortlist at Foster’s Comedy Awards. He’s also written for Mock The Week and starred on Russell Howard’s Good News. Romesh sees himself as a ‘tubby vegan sociopath.’ Critics see him as well on the way to mainstream comedy fame.
Romesh Ranganathan used to indulge in some freestyle rap during his day job as a maths teacher. Now he’s an acclaimed standup and a Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee. He’s written for Stand Up for the Week, toured with Seann Walsh, supported Ricky Gervais and starred on Russell Howard’s Good News.
Describing himself as a ‘tubby, vegan sociopath’, The Guardian calls Romesh ‘an equal opportunities misanthrope.’ He looks at the world with weary bemusement and a cynical detachment. His deadpan style was perfectly demonstrated in his hit BBC travel documentary-cum-journey of discovery Asian Provocateur, in which he reluctantly uncovered his Sri Lankan roots at the behest of his mother.
As well as a live circuit hit, Romesh has been seen co-hosting The Apprentice: You’re Fired, as a guest on Have I Got News..., Stand Up for the Week, Live at the Apollo, and Mock the Week, and has been heard on Radio 5 live’s Fighting Talk (revealing the surprisingly polite abuse his father hurled whilst watching Arsenal). He’s also done a spot of acting on Holby City.
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Romesh's onstage disdain for everyone and everything is utterly infectious. It's rare for someone playing the misanthrope to have so much charm, but he pulls off the perfect balance. His routine meanders over well-trodden paths, but every punch line feels fresh. Watch the audience roar their approval. JLA Agent Danny Lee
The JLA Real Variety Show 2013