27 September 2016
Reviewed by Lynsey Roberts
Romesh Ranganathn is an up and coming comedian who has went from being a math teacher to appearing on well-known TV series’ (Have I Got News for You, Live At The Apollo and Mock The Week among them). Having watched him only a few times on TV I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from his new tour, Irrational. However, I was pleasantly surprised by his talent and drool wit as he shared his concerns with everyday life and the frustrations we can all relate to, such as dining in Wagamama and Starbucks – often using himself as the butt of jokes but also interacting very well with the audience throughout.
In a very honest and humbling way Romesh focuses heavily on his family live. As he recalls being brought up by his parents in Britain and his Sri Lankan heritage to being married with three children and all the problems that presents.
Romesh is suitable for most as his script is fairly PG not containing anything too offensive with only some moderate swearing and sexual content. However, there are a few political and racial gags thrown in which he delivers extremely well.
The Festival Theatre is a modern extremely spacious theatre with a choice of bars on each floor and helpful, friendly staff. It is a very nice space to have drinks pre, during and post show. The theatre is located in the city centre which means it is easily accessible by public transport and is surrounded by on street parking as well as an array or bars and restaurants for pre and post show drinks and food.
I really enjoyed my evening at the Festival Theatre Royal watching this very talented and upcoming comedian. And look forward to seeing what his future holds. Overall I would give Romesh a very funny 4 stars out of 5 and definitely recommend to friends and family.
Romesh Ranganathan is currently on tour around the UK with his new tour Irrational. For more information, tour dates or to book tickets visit www.romeshranganathan.co.uk.
For other shows at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh visit www.edtheatres.com.
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