ROMESH RANGANATHAN NEWS
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.
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:
Tune in tonight (Friday 16th September) at 10:00pm as Angela Barnes, Ivo Graham, Romesh Ranganathan, Ed Byrne and Ed Gamble join host Dara O Briain for this week’s Mock The Week on BBC Two.
Episodes remain on iPlayer for catch up viewing once they’ve aired.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
‘… 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