Comedy Book Corner – Straight Outta Crawley: Memoirs of a Distinctly Average Human Being, Romesh Ranganathan

When I decided to read this book, I was not sure what I would think of it because I have to be in the mood to watch anything that Romesh is on because a lot of the time his persona is, well, grumpy and angry at the world. However, saying that, I wanted to read his book because he grew up just down the road in a place I used to love going shopping when I was a kid so I wanted to see what it was like living there and the life he experienced.

I would say this, the book surprised me from start to finish – it was not what I imagined it would be and was actually so much more. The book was so easy to read and full of so many insightful stories about the comedian that I have actually walked away from the book seeing a completely different side to him.

I found reading this book was really insightful as it gave you a more in depth look at the years of being a teacher as well as a lot of heartfelt chapters about his family and the death of his father. From this book I learnt about his really strong friendship with Sean Walsh and also his love for hip hop.

I would say out of all the comedians autobiographies I have read this year, this may not make it into my top 5 but it is a really great book. Read it to understand the persona of someone that a lot of people just assume is grumpy to really get to grips with the man behind the mask.


Readibility Rating: 7.5/10 

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