Always Be Comedy (3 shows): The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2018
Always Be Comedy (3 shows): The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2019
Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2020
Always Be Comedy Online: Bonus Shows: Online: 2020
Always Be Comedy Online (2 shows): Online: 2020
Always Be Comedy (2 shows): The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London: 2020
An Evening with Romesh Ranganathan – Always Be Comedy Online: Online 2020
Just The Tonic Working From Home – Good Riddance 2020 New Years Eve Special: Online: 2020
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, twice in May 2019 and again in January 2020 for his 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. I cried with laughter at the great comedian and gave well deserved standing ovations for the performances
Ranganathan appeared for a number of special Always Be Comedy Online bonus shows during the worldwide lockdown in May 2020. Like everyone else during the virus outbreak, the comedian was at home. He was set up in his garage and delivered new material which was hilarious. He also appeared as a special mystery guest. What was impressive was his range and delivery – there is something new to hear every time he ambled through the material. The comedian appeared twice at Always Be Comedy in September and October 2020 for a live socially distanced show. Talking about his experiences of being a parent as well as mocking topical new stories, again he was hysterical and a pleasure to watch.
In November 2020, Ranganathan was interviewed by James Gill for An Evening with Romesh Ranganathan – Always Be Comedy Online. Ranganathan has become a successful author; his first book Straight Outta Crawley: Memoirs of A Distinctly Average Human Being, released in 2018, was a best seller and described his upbringing and career from teacher to comedian. The second book As Good As It Gets: Life Lessons From A Reluctant Adult describing family life, fatherhood and further career highlights was the focus of the evening and it was great to hear insights, hysterical funny stories and excepts from his new book.
On New Years Eve 2020, Ranganathan appeared at Just The Tonic Working From Home – Good Riddance 2020 New Years Eve Special chatting to compere Darrell Martin reflecting on the terrible year with wit and humour.
It has been wonderful to see Ranganathan progress on his comedy journey over the years and long may it continue. He always appears to deliver brilliantly honest, reliable, extremely funny material and as a result has become of Britain’s most popular comedians.