Straight Outta Crawley: Memoirs of a Distinctly Average Human Being
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Straight Outta Crawley is the hilarious and irreverent autobiography from comedian Romesh Ranganathan.
At the age of 9, Romesh Ranganathan delivered his first ever stand-up set at a Pontin's holiday camp talent competition, smashing the other competitor, a young girl playing the kazoo.
The gig went so well that Romesh retired his co...more
If enjoy a good laugh this perfect book. But Do need to have seen him on the TV but Most people are not going to buy a autobiography of a star if don't like him.
I bought this because Of the reviews I seen on this site. This not fir ...more
While, as you'd expect, it's full of amusing stories from his life there were plenty of serious moments that surprised me. He tells of his early of years trying to earn a living as a s ...more
I have enjoyed Romesh’s appearances on many television programmes including Live at the Apollo and Mock the Week plus many chat shows. I like his deadpan humour coupled with his ability to do a whole range of accents.
However, Straight Outta Crawley is a memoir and is a completely different vehicle to his television work. I loved how Romesh told his story in his usual televisi ...more
I have the added bonus that he grew up in the same town as me so I know the clubs/pubs he refers to and we're the same generation, so probably even some bits that weren't funny made me laugh.
And I watch the UK comedy shows he goes on (Mock the week, Taskmaster) so this might not be for everyone but I really enjoyed it. ...more
he "warned" us that he likes to go off on a tangent, but i think it works. he mostly shares his pre-fame life, that i don't know how imagined before (or just thought, oh, he was a maths teacher, decided to become a comedian and it magically happened), but the story is, of course, much more complicated. the part about h ...more
I liked him as s comedian but this just didn’t work for me. Most of it was stories followed of up with ‘in only joking ‘ or ‘well not really’. Also lots of ‘Ive got lots of attitude because of my childhood ‘yawn yawn.
Also it was all over the place and the book just didn’t flow he started a story and went off on a tangent for most of the book so it felt messy
Finally, his wife deserves a medal
Right from the introduction I realised just how genuine and incredibly funny Romesh was going to be throughout. Mentioning that his mother bought him a "rank" suit for his birthday then claiming to be wearing it as he wrote the rest of the rest of the intro (with the curtains drawn) out of guilt.
And you learn ...more
I enjoy Romesh’s style of humour so when I found out he wrote a book, I was keen to get my hands on it.
Whilst some of it made me laugh, the book as a whole was a bit...meh. I enjoyed the parts about his schooldays and was curious as to how he got from teacher to stand up comedian, but the timeline felt very disjointed. It jumped around a lot as he described the push and pull of teaching and trying to do live comedy.
I also found his attitud ...more
It was, at best, mildly interesting.
Always nice to see a very flawed, very human ...er...human succeed in something they want to do.
I mean the stand up comedy part. Not the writing part. I was ambivalent on the book at best. ...more