Straight Outta Crawley: Memoirs of a Distinctly Average Human Being
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 comic genius for twenty-two years, hiding...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 ...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 ...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.
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 ...more
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 Romeshs 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 attitude ...more
I liked him as s comedian but this just didnt 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 didnt 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 ...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.
It made the drive go so much more quickly, we were in stitches at many points during the book. But the book wasnt all funny, and at times was quite a heart-rending look into what growing up and becoming a comedian looked like for Romesh it hasnt all been sunshine and daisies by any stretch of the imagination.
I love audio ...more
So I wanted to know more about the guy. He's kinda exploded in popularity over the past few years and I wanted to know what that felt ...more