Romesh Ranganathan: Rom Wasn't Built in a Day (4 stars)

This article is from 2014

Romesh Ranganathan: Rom Wasn't Built in a Day

Comedy good guy in winning full-on rant mode at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Thank goodness for Romesh Ranganathan. A bad dad, fake feminist, selfish husband, boring man, he’s simply a wholly inadequate human. Or that’s what he’s peddling anyway. A bit like Doug Stanhope’s misanthropy, or Louis CK’s claims that ‘his daughter is an asshole’, you know that Ranganathan’s middle-class irritations form a grumpy crust beneath which lurks one of the good guys.  

Listen closely to his rants which trundle dejectedly, while being supremely funny, through the mundane and the major; around underpaid teachers or exploited killer whales. Rubbish vegan options, or overly PC parents. People posting no make-up selfies or concerned notes about Gaza on Facebook. Laddish heckles which interrupt a particularly good bit of his show. Or that time his smallest son dared to eat his imported American Fruit Loops when they cost £15 a box. Actually, his moral compass is working just fine.

The show title, Rom Wasn’t Built in A Day, is a reminder that he’s trying to improve himself, and the job’s not finished yet. There’s a sense that when his ranting stops, that’ll be the time we should actually worry. For that might be the day he’s stopped giving a shit about whether or not he’s still a good guy.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 24 Aug (not 11), 8.15pm, £8.50–£11 (£7.50–£10).

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