Romesh Ranganathan

Fancy seeing famously irascible comedian Romesh Ranganathan live? Then read on for details of the star's new show, The Cynic's Mixtape. Peter Gray reports.

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Actor, comedian and standup Romesh Ranganathan is setting off on tour again. The nation’s favourite grinch will be showcasing his trademark brand of misanthropic humour in a series of shows around Britain in early 2022.

As part of the tour, Ranganathan will play ten eagerly awaited dates at London’s Eventim Apollo with the London dates taking place in April.

If you’ve never seen Romesh Ranganathan live, then now is your chance to catch up. The Cynic’s Mixtape is sure to delight both the comedian’s current fan base and those who are new to his work.

The follow up to 2016’s Irrational, the new show will see the star vent his famously overactive spleen on a series of carefully selected (read: random) targets, including Brighton’s hipster community, Piers Morgan and even the star’s own children.

With the comedian’s material revolving around the things that upset him the most, however, you might expect Ranganathan to be struggling for material right now. With a successful sitcom, a plethora of other hit shows and a string of highly successful tours, Ranganathan certainly doesn’t have much to cry about, currently. 

If anything, however, Ranganathan’s current celebrity status has only served to make the former school teacher more miserable. And we should all be thankful for that,  as the comedian is at his very best when he is thoroughly, completely pissed off.

This is the case with his latest show. Ranganathan has described the Cynic’s Mixtape as his “most brutally honest show yet” and judging by the reactions of those who have already seen it, the comedian is being deadly serious. 

A typically skit sees the the comedian trying to explain how his wife has been using an intolerance to gluten to avoid having sex. It is typical Ranganathan. 

The standup comedian began performing comedy while working as a Maths teacher at a school in Crawley. His career only really took off however, when he was awarded the Best Newcomer award at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2012. Ranganathan has gone from success to success ever since, with a string of TV appearances including  8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Would I Lie to You? Have I Got News for You, QI, and Mock the Week.

In 2015, the comedian launched own show, Asian Provocateur, which was shown on BBC Three. A massive success, a second series was quickly commisioned. More recently, the star could be seen in self penned sitcom The Reluctant Landlord.

In 2019, Ranganathan released a book about his life entitled Straight Outta Crawley (Memoirs of a Distinctly Average Human Being). The book takes a tongue in cheek look at the Ranganathan’s rise to success.

Romesh Ranganathan’s The Cynics Mixtape will be at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th of January 2022. More information can be found here.

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What: standup comedy
When: Jan 2022
Where: Eventim Apollo