ROMESH RANGANATHAN

Always Be Comedy (3 shows): The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2018
Always Be Comedy (3 shows): The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2019

I watched Romesh Ranganathan performed a work-in-progress show at Always Be Comedy in February 2018.  Part of his on stage charm is a carefully-balanced insufferable and yet endearing comic image. On stage He portrays himself as a irritable recluse, not keen to interact with anyone. I have noticed that there currently seems to be lots of different comedians talking about uncomfortable ordinary life encounters at the first opportunity turning them into a big deal But Ranganathan strikes a balance realising he’s being anti-social yet describing with an awkward truth the subsequent outcome from such encounters.  It works brilliantly as a comedy act.

I had laughed a lot at the former teacher’s recent travel TV show: The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan and was looking forward to seeing him again at Always Be Comedy when I was celebrating my imminent birthday in July 2018. With his subdued approach and wit Ranganathan again reliably provoked big laughs from the audience.  He had a brilliant warped take on life and at the shows I saw he was confident, self-assured and the set which included topics on the state of his health, parenting, pets and celebrity was ferociously funny.

Ranganathan appeared several times at Always Be Comedy performing work in progress in December 2018, March and twice in May 2019 for his forthcoming tour.  Again, he was very self-referential and self-depreciating, his fluid, chatty style contradicted with his skilfully crafted comedy. Asking the audience for any questions after a rant is a particularly funny device.  Talking about his experiences of being a parent as well as mocking topical new stories I cried with laughter at this great comedian and gave well deserved standing ovations for the performances.

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