Romesh Ranganathan: The Cynic's Mixtape
- Brian Donaldson
- 7 November 2019
This article is from 2019
Another fine show from the former maths teacher whose success keeps multiplying
On his last tour, Romesh Ranganathan attempted to convince us that either he was an irrational human being or everyone else was. This time around, we are expected to believe that he is the personification of cynicism, yet given how much of a ball he appears to be having, it feels more likely that this plundering of his own negative emotions is partly an act. But what an endlessly enjoyable and funny act this is.
Immediately coming across as reticent about the sterile nature of his venue, he then fills the room with laughter by portraying himself (as he's done before) as a lackadaisical father with favoured offspring. So when every parent's worst nightmare of having a child go missing appears to slowly form into a horrific reality at the beach, this former maths teacher still turns it round to paint himself as the true victim. He provides us with more domestic capers chez Ranganathan than in Irrational, with material which his wife still has a few problems with, though the comic's frank discussions about their sex life strikes as too baroque to be taken wholly to heart.
Away from his homelife, Ranganathan muses over some familiar comedic territory of recent times, slating those who get overly upset over a celebrity's death while amusingly treading across the fall-out from the Losing Neverland documentary, concluding that our appreciation of disgraced musicians is still a matter of whether we can allow ourselves to feel the beat. A committed vegan (though not to the point where he can't poke a little bit of fun at a plant-based lifestyle), it's no surprise that Piers Morgan would be on his hitlist for jibes, though Fireman Sam is arguably a less likely contender for abuse.
While this cantankerous everyman admits that his face might soon become a focus for disdain given that he seems to be on TV whenever you turn it on, Romesh Ranganathan's live comedy career continues to be a joyous tirade against targets both fully deserving and wonderfully trivial.
Romesh Ranganathan: The Cynic's Mixtape is on tour until Wednesday 10 June. Seen at SEC, Glasgow.