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Straight Outta Crawley: Memoirs of a Distinctly Average Human Being

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,699 ratings  ·  196 reviews


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

Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published October 4th 2018 by Transworld Digital
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Stephen Robert Collins
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The mammy's boy Vegan with a posh brillo pan on his chin who cannot escape the handbag of his mother. Just few weeks ago on Jamie & Jimmy's Friday Night Feast show on Ch.4 when he had to cook & serve his Vegan lasagne to the guests which included his beady eyed mother.
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
Michael Legge
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shame he dies in the end.
Jun 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, auto-and-biog
I love Romesh Ranganathan as a comedian, and this was wonderfully funny in places.....but for me there were just not enough of those places to make the book worth reading :O(
Bill Lynas
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first encountered stand up comedian Romesh Ranganathan on the TV shows Live At The Apollo & Mock The Week. He was so funny that I then tuned into two of his his other series, The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan & The Ranganation which were both excellent. So, the next step was to tackle his autobiography.....
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
Stephen Clynes
Oct 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Romesh Ranganatham is a British stand-up comedian and television presenter. He was born in Crawley and this is his memoir.

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
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Really enjoyed this mini autobiography from British comedian Romesh Ranganathan but you probably need to be a fan or at least be familiar with his comedy to enjoy this book.

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.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My only complaint: too short! Laugh out loud funny throughout but I expected nothing less.
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
The mystique is obliterated. I was disappointed by his shallow, regurgitating defence at the end of chapter nine; punching down subverts nothing. I am however heavily into self-deprecation and anecdotes of social inoperativeness (plus laid-back veganism) so this book had the highest laugh rate out of any comic memoir I've read so far. That's excluding when he's slagging off his loved ones as part of his routine and for the most part excluding his recounting a succession of humiliations contained ...more
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rather enjoyed this. Mr Ranganathan is a good story teller who would rather tell a tale than embellish for the sake of laughs.

Definitely worth a read!
Jeni Miles
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Quite a few laugh-out-loud moments but the structure of the book was a bit hard to follow... It also just sort of ended without any warning!
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Review coming soon!
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
i love, love romesh! i listened to every episode of "hip hop saved my life" and i think his mom is a legend. this is the only book i was almost tempted to get the audio version of.
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
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biographies
As someone with strong affiliations with Crawley, I pre-ordered this book as I knew I had to read more about Romesh’s start in life. I saw quite a few of his early gigs before he hit the big time, so I really enjoyed reading about the other, lesser-known facets of his life. I love Romesh’s self-deprecating sense of humour, and the book being written in this very style meant it was a very easy, enjoyable book to read. He’s had some obstacles in life but has followed his passion and come good, and ...more
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This was an enjoyable read that made me laugh throughout. I love Romesh's dry humor, but I still much prefer his shows to this book. My main issue was that in some places it felt very disjointed and jumbled, and I felt myself getting a little lost. ...more
Andy Angel
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Cyrin Cyriac
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was laughing throughout this book. Super funny guy!
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I listened to the audio version and laughed out loud. Romesh is relatable and funny. I loved learning a little bit more about his backstory too.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So disappointed with this and him....
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
Ricardo Motti
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
I liked it. But 30% of the book was him explaining how he said something to someone that made him look like an asshole but, really, he's not an asshole, it was all a big misunderstanding. ...more
Abi McManigan
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've always loved Romesh Ranganathan and I'm so glad I decided to read his book on audio book. It was so good, with touching moments and hilarious anecdotes that had me laughing throughout.

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
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
I listened to this on audiobook. Narrated by the author.
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
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
I love Romesh as a stand-up comedian and have thoroughly enjoyed his TV shows. This is a well-written auto-biog with real humour and some rapping! The parts talking about Romesh's childhood and career as a teacher, were eye-opening, but once we reached Romesh's career as a stand-up, frankly the life of a TV comedian is less interesting than one would expect and seems to involve a lot of name-dropping, travelling, drinking and bombing. ...more
Leanne Keenoo
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Listened to this on Audible narrated by Romesh himself.
If you like him on the telly you will enjoy this book.
I love his understated humour. It had me laughing
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
3-3.5 stars. Disappointing. I don't really feel as if I know anything more about Romesh after reading this book. Still enjoy his stand up though & look forward to seeing him again later in the year. ...more
Father Reading
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very funny.
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely love the vulnerability of Romesh. Amazing book
Ruth Culbreth
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Funny guy.
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What is there to say about a comedian's memoir? Presumably you like Romesh Ranganathan's comedic style, otherwise why are you even reading this? Assuming that you do, then there is plenty to enjoy in Straight Outta Crawley. The majority of the book is about his career and how he got the breaks that got him where he is now. What shines through is how grateful he is to his family and colleagues who helped him on his way. An entertaining and easy read that won't change your world, but is a perfectl ...more
Logan Horsford
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Usually memoirs by comedians are funny, that's why I read them. Not sure who considered this book 'hilarious'.

It wasn't.

It was, at best, mildly interesting.

Always nice to see a very flawed, very 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.
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