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  • PASSIONS: RICHARD PRYOR BY ROMESH RANGANATHAN TO AIR ON SKY ARTS TONIGHT (TUESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER)

    PASSIONS: RICHARD PRYOR BY ROMESH RANGANATHAN TO AIR ON SKY ARTS TONIGHT (TUESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER)

    The documentary explores the life and work of Richard Pryor, the American stand-up who inspired British comedian Romesh Ranganathan to pursue a career in comedy. Romesh's obsession with Pryor began when he was fifteen years old and has continued into adulthood – he even has a permanent tribute to Pryor tattooed on his arm.

    In this hour-long documentary, Romesh travels to L.A. to follow in the footsteps of the troubled comic who he considers to be the greatest stand up of all time. Comparing his own comfortable suburban existence with the troubled life and times of his comedic hero, he'll examine what, for him, made Pryor the king of the form and such an inspiration to him. Pryor's uncompromising honesty, on-stage freedom and fierce topical observations are all qualities that Romesh hugely admires, and this quest will bring him closer to his hero than ever before. Along the way he'll meet the people who knew him personally on the comedy scene as well as privately behind the scenes, giving Romesh a whole new perspective on his comedy icon.

    Romesh Ranganathan said: 'It was great to be able to explore the genius of Richard Pryor and learn more about one of my heroes. Spending time in L.A. talking to various people about his life, I felt grateful for both the experience and for the fact he didn't spend his life in Hastings.'

  • QI RETURNS WITH PHILL JUPITUS

    QI RETURNS WITH PHILL JUPITUS

    QI returns with series 'O' this October, with Phill Jupitus appearing on episode one.

    Catch up on iPlayer here if you miss it.

    Upcoming episodes of the series feature Romesh Ranganathan, Rich Hall and Josh Widdicombe, so catch up on our listings page for more detail as they're announced.

  • BBC TWO COMMISSIONS ROMESH’S REALLY ROUGH GUIDE FROM RUMPUS MEDIA

    BBC TWO COMMISSIONS ROMESH’S REALLY ROUGH GUIDE FROM RUMPUS MEDIA

    BBC Two have commissioned Romesh's Really Rough Guide (working title), a three episode mini-series from Rumpus Media.

    Romesh's idea of a nice trip away is two weeks in the Algarve. In this series, he's travelling way beyond his comfort zone and the world of a complimentary breakfast buffet as he ventures to some of the most beautiful but dangerous places on earth.

    Hosted by locals and fully immersed in the local culture, he's going to be given an eye opening - and at times heart stopping - insider's guide to countries that are big on natural beauty, character and charm. Largely unspoiled by hordes of tourists because of their bad reputations, Romesh will discover why they're perceived to be amongst the most dangerous on Earth and therefore not generally on your average holiday wish list.

    Holidaying where other (some may say wiser) people fear to venture, he will forego home comforts to really explore the heart of these areas, challenging both his own and our preconceptions about them, ultimately exploring whether they are as dangerous as we are led to believe or in fact well worth visiting.

    Romesh said: 'I got fed up with people telling me that doing travel shows was essentially a paid holiday, so I decided to tackle that by doing one where I could actually die.'

    Emily Hudd, Rumpus Media's Joint Managing Director said: 'We're so excited to be working with Romesh again on this new series for BBC Two, as he gives us his uniquely funny take on some of the most beautiful yet dangerous places on the planet. Are they as terrifying as we think, or could you actually have a lovely holiday there? Luckily for us, Romesh is going on ahead to find out.'

    David Brindley, Head of Popular Factual at BBC said: 'I'm delighted to be working with Romesh. The prospect of him acting as our guide to places many would fear to tread was too enticing to resist. I wish him an action-packed, but safe trip!'

  • ROMESH RANGANATHAN SKY 1 SITCOM ANNOUNCED

    ROMESH RANGANATHAN SKY 1 SITCOM ANNOUNCED

    The Reluctant Landlord (working title) is a semi-autobiographical sitcom in which Romesh inherits a pub he doesn't really want. Much to his annoyance Romesh is left running the local pub after his mischievous father left it to him in his will. He has never wanted to be a landlord, but his mum feels it is the only way to keep his dad's legacy alive and his wife and kids are kids are having a ball there.

    Starring Sian Gibson (Peter Kay's Car Share) as his wife, Natasha, and comedian Seann Walsh as best mate Lemon, this semi-autobiographical sitcom follows Romesh's misadventures as he tries to offload the pub he doesn't want, while his family use any amount of emotional blackmail to keep him at the heart of the place.

    Romesh Ranganathan said: 'After my father passed away and I was forced to run a pub a few years ago I remember thinking: "The best way to turn this into a positive would be to write a sitcom based on the situation for Sky 1." I am delighted to finally see this very specific long term plan to fruition. The production team and channel have both been incredibly supportive. I say this both because it’s true and so that they can't distance themselves from the project if it's a failure.'

    Created by Romesh Ranganathan and executive produced by Claire Whalley for What Larks Productions (producers of Damned), as well as Jon Mountague and Tilusha Ghelani for Sky 1.

  • ROB BECKETT JOINS ROMESH RANGANATHAN AND FRIENDS AS THEY VISIT BRIGHTON DOME IN AID OF HOME-START

    ROB BECKETT JOINS ROMESH RANGANATHAN AND FRIENDS AS THEY VISIT BRIGHTON DOME IN AID OF HOME-START

    Rob Beckett has been added to the special guests joining Romesh Ranganathan on August 31st at Brighton Dome, to raise money for Home-Start.

    Romesh will be joined by his comedy friends, Nish Kumar, Dane Baptiste, Jen Brister, Larry Dean, Desiree Burch and more.

    Home-Start is a family support charity, dedicated to giving vulnerable young children a brighter future. Trained volunteers work with families facing issues such as mental health, disability, isolation and abuse, to help parents give their children the best possible start in life.

    More names to be announced soon. Tickets are available here.

  • SKY ARTS TO AIR ROMESH RANGANATHAN DOCUMENTARY ON RICHARD PRYOR

    SKY ARTS TO AIR ROMESH RANGANATHAN DOCUMENTARY ON RICHARD PRYOR

    Sky Arts has commissioned Rumpus Media to make a one-off documentary, Passions: Richard Pryor by Romesh Ranganathan as part of its Passions season, it was announced today.

    The documentary explores the life and work of Richard Pryor, the American stand-up who inspired British comedian Romesh Ranganathan to pursue a career in comedy. Romesh's obsession with Pryor began when he was fifteen years old and has continued into adulthood - he even has a permanent tribute to Pryor tattooed on his arm.

    In this hour-long documentary, Romesh travels to LA to follow in the footsteps of the troubled comic who he considers to be the greatest stand up of all time.

    Romesh Ranganathan said: 'It was great to be able to explore the genius of Richard Pryor and learn more about one of my heroes. Spending time in LA talking to various people about his life, I felt grateful for both the experience and for the fact he didn't spend his life in Hastings.'

  • ROMESH RANGANATHAN AND ROB BECKETT MEET WITH ANTHONY JOSHUA FOR SKY ONE

    ROMESH RANGANATHAN AND ROB BECKETT MEET WITH ANTHONY JOSHUA FOR SKY ONE

    Tune in this Thursday (27th April) on Sky One at 10:00pm as, ahead of his fight against Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium, IBF world heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua catches up with Romesh and Rob.

  • ROMESH RANGANATHAN TALKS TO JACK DEE ON BBC THREE

    ROMESH RANGANATHAN TALKS TO JACK DEE ON BBC THREE

    Catch Romesh Ranganathan and Jack Dee on BBC Three as they star on Comedians In Pubs Talking Comedy.

    In the show, Romesh meets some of the UK's most loved comedians, including Jack Dee, Sharon Horgan, Russell Howard, Jayde Adams, Humza Arshad and Tim Renkow.

    In these one-to-one, frank and funny conversations, they discuss their earliest memories in their comedy careers - from show flops to patronising fans and facing their fears - through an engaging, empathetic and relatable pub chat.

    You can watch on iPlayer here now.

  • JOEL DOMMETT AND ROMESH RANGANATHAN WIN AT THE 2017 CHORTLE AWARDS

    JOEL DOMMETT AND ROMESH RANGANATHAN WIN AT THE 2017 CHORTLE AWARDS

    Joel Dommett and Romesh Ranganathan were amongst the big winners at the Chortle Awards 2017, with Romesh taking the award for best tour, and Joel being declared best breakthrough act.

    Winners were picked via an online poll of six thousand comedy fans, after shortlists were drawn up by a panel of critics and independent comedy industry experts.

  • ADAM HILLS, JOSH WIDDICOMBE AND ROMESH RANGANATHAN NOMINATED FOR THIS YEAR’S ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY AWARDS

    ADAM HILLS, JOSH WIDDICOMBE AND ROMESH RANGANATHAN NOMINATED FOR THIS YEAR’S ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY AWARDS

    Adam Hills and Josh Widdicombe’s The Last Leg and Romesh Ranganathan’s Asian Provocateur are on this year’s Royal Television Society Awards shortlist for Entertainment Performance.

    The 2017 RTS Programme Awards in partnership with Audio Network will take place on Tuesday 21 March at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

  • ROMESH RANGANATHAN NAMED HARDEST WORKING ARTIST OF 2016

    ROMESH RANGANATHAN NAMED HARDEST WORKING ARTIST OF 2016

    Ents24 has revealed their list of the Hardest Working Artists of 2016 in the worlds of music and comedy, with Off The Kerb's Romesh Ranganathan coming out on top, and five more acts in the top ten.

    The charts, based on data from the UK's biggest live guide, determined which original music acts and comedians performed at the most different venues this year - with some surprising results.

    Russell Kane comes in second, Mark Steel fourth, Seann Walsh seventh, Rob Beckett eighth, Rich Hall tenth and Shappi Khorsandi in eleventh.

    For full listings of all current tours, featuring these artists and more, please check our tour listings page here.

  • DVDS AVAILABLE MONDAY FOR JOSH WIDDICOMBE, RICH HALL AND ROMESH RANGANATHAN

    DVDS AVAILABLE MONDAY FOR JOSH WIDDICOMBE, RICH HALL AND ROMESH RANGANATHAN

    Forget Black Friday, order your DVDs for Christmas gifts or yourself as Josh Widdicombe, Rich Hall and Romesh Ranganathan release their DVDs this Monday (28th November).

    You can buy them here:

    Josh Widdicombe – What Do I Do Now…

    Rich Hall – 3:10 To Humour

    Romesh Ranganathan –  Irrational

  • ROB BECKETT AND ROMESH RANGANATHAN KICK OFF ROB’S NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL WITH A ‘BRUTAL’ GAME OF FIFA

    ROB BECKETT AND ROMESH RANGANATHAN KICK OFF ROB’S NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL WITH A ‘BRUTAL’ GAME OF FIFA

    Check out Rob Beckett’s new YouTube channel as he’s joined by Romesh for a game of FIFA and a chat.

    Stop back soon as Rob will be uploading more content regulalry over coming weeks.

  • ROMESH RANGANATHAN TO WRITE HIS FIRST BOOK

    ROMESH RANGANATHAN TO WRITE HIS FIRST BOOK

    Off The Kerb are delighted to announced that Romesh Ranganathan will be writing his first book for Transworld.

    A former maths teacher, Ranganathan made his comedy circuit debut in 2010 and has quickly established himself as one of British comedy's brightest stars. Currently on the road with a 133-date tour, Irrational, which runs until December, Ranganathan is also a regular guest on multiple TV and radio shows, a panellist on Play to the Whistle and The Apprentice: You’re Fired!, and co-presenter of ITV’s science show It’s Not Rocket Science, alongside Ben Miller and Rachel Riley.

    His 2015 BBC TV series, Asian Provocateur, in which Ranganathan travelled to Sri Lanka to explore his ancestral heritage has just been re-commissioned, and currently sees Ranganathan nominated for a BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance.

    Henry Vines at Transworld said: ‘Romesh is a fantastic entertainer and a natural storyteller. We are all thrilled to be publishing his smart, insightful and extremely funny memoir, which captures all of the warmth and humour of his stand-up and the hugely entertaining family dynamics that made Asian Provocateur such a hit.’

    Romesh said: 'I am absolutely delighted to be writing this book. I love the team at Transworld, and I hope to complete the project before my inevitable profile decline and humiliating return to teaching.'

    The book’s publication date will be announced in due course.

  • BBC THREE SENDS ROMESH RANGANATHAN ON AN INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURE WITH HIS MUM FOR ASIAN PROVOCATEUR SERIES TWO

    BBC THREE SENDS ROMESH RANGANATHAN ON AN INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURE WITH HIS MUM FOR ASIAN PROVOCATEUR SERIES TWO

    Fresh from his nomination for Best Entertainment Performance at the forthcoming Bafta Television Awards, Romesh Ranganathan will return to BBC Three for more Asian Provocateur after a successful first series saw him return to his motherland of Sri Lanka at the behest of this mother Shanthi. 

    It took Shanthi twenty years to convince Romesh to travel to Sri Lanka and learn about his heritage. Now Shanthi has convinced Romesh to join her and travel further afield in search of other relatives they've never met and explore what his life could have been like if they'd ended up somewhere other than Crawley.

     

    For six weeks they will visit extended family across the continents and be joined by some of the characters Romesh met in the first series for stints along the way. Will their relationship survive them spending every moment together, when what Romesh wants to be a relaxing trip with his mother is certainly going to end up being the complete opposite?

  • ROMESH RANGANATHAN CONNECTS WITH HIS ROOTS ON ASIAN PROVOCATEUR

    ROMESH RANGANATHAN CONNECTS WITH HIS ROOTS ON ASIAN PROVOCATEUR

    BBC Three is sending stand-up comedian Romesh Ranganathan to Sri Lanka to connect with his roots for a six part series called Romesh's Return Ticket (working title) to be broadcast later this year. The people he meets, the places he goes, the experiences he has will all have been set up by his mum who is sending her son on the trip she has always wished he'd make.

    Romesh gets asked about his Asian roots all the time. But he can't answer any of the questions he's asked. While that is a constant source of shame and embarrassment, he can't quite bring himself to do something about it. Romesh, who considers himself British through and through, grew up in Crawley, doesn’t speak a word of Tamil, has no idea about his cultural heritage and has almost zero desire to go to Sri Lanka.

    But his mum has other ideas and she's sending him back to become the good Tamil boy she hoped he'd be. Each episode will be a mini-adventure revolving around one of the Ranganathan's distant Sri Lankan friends or relations. They'll be taking him to the must see locations and will also be expecting him to take part in traditional rituals and customs. And when it comes down to it they'll also be expecting him to pull his weight.

    The result is either going to be a sense of cultural awareness and a renewed sense of self-identity. Or it's going to drive him mad.

    Read more...

  • PHIL JERROD AND ROMESH RANGANATHAN WIN AT LEICESTER COMEDY FESTIVAL

    PHIL JERROD AND ROMESH RANGANATHAN WIN AT LEICESTER COMEDY FESTIVAL

    Congratulations to Phil Jerrod and Romesh Ranganathan who won the Best New Act and Best New Show awards respectively at Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival last night.

    Also nominated were Andrew Ryan for Best New Show and Elliot Steel for Best Debut.

    Read more here.

  • ROMESH RANGANATHAN TO HOST NEWSJACK ON RADIO 4 EXTRA

    ROMESH RANGANATHAN TO HOST NEWSJACK ON RADIO 4 EXTRA

    Radio 4 Extra's Newsjack returns with Romesh Ranganathan as host for a tenth series. The show features a revised format, with Romesh presenting a scrapbook of sketches related to the week's topical stories. Romesh Ranganathan, a former maths teacher, made his stand-up debut in 2010, getting to the final of noted stand-up contest So You Think You're Funny? at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe that August. He received his career break when he won the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2013 award and was a Best Newcomer nominee at the 2013 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Check out the first episode here, and tune in over coming weeks.

  • ROMESH RANGANATHAN JOINS OFF THE KERB PRODUCTIONS

    ROMESH RANGANATHAN JOINS OFF THE KERB PRODUCTIONS

    Romesh Ranganathan’s impact on the comedy circuit since his debut in 2010 has seen him quickly make a name for himself as a finalist in the Latitude New Act Compeition 2010, So You Think You’re Funny? final 2010 as well as being a runner up in Amused Moose Laugh Off 2010.

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Romesh Ranganathan’s impact on the comedy circuit since his debut in 2010 has seen him quickly make a name for himself as a finalist in the Latitude New Act Competition 2010, So You Think You’re Funny? final 2010 as well as being a runner up in Amused Moose Laugh Off 2010.

From playing comedy clubs all over the country Ranganathan’s profile has grown as has the respect from his peers which has resulted in him writing for numerous shows and supporting the likes of Seann Walsh, Bill Burr and one of his comedy heroes Ricky Gervais.

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The last twelve months have been incredible for Ranganathan with him winning the prestigious Leicester Mercury New Act Award 2013 and his critically acclaimed Edinburgh Festival debut being nominated for the coveted Best Newcomer Award 2013. Culminating in his debut appearance on BBC2’s Mock The Week, BBC1’s Live At The Apollo, BBC3’s Russell Howard’s Good News, Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live 2013 and a regular slot on Channel 4’s weekly topical show Stand Up For The Week.

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Press

‘… his ability to produce bitingly fresh gags marks him out from the crowd’ – The Guardian

‘Ranganathan’s punchlines are sharper and funnier than many of his peers’ – The Guardian

**** – Sunday Times

‘A supremely accomplished debut’ **** – Chortle