Romesh Ranganathan

Comic Fringes
  • Comic Fringes

  • A cracking collection of comic monologues, written and read by leading comedians

    Recorded in front of a live audience at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this fantastic anthology features a host of diverse short stories, composed and performed by a veritable Who's Who of stand-up comedians. By turns hilarious and irreverent, poignant and bittersweet, together they make up a superb selection box of tasty treats.

    Among the all-star line-up, Romesh Ranganathan tells a comic tale of unrequited love among the orangutans; Susan Calman takes a wry look at office politics; Jon Richardson explores the perils of internet dating; and Sarah Millican takes us into the worlds of a compassionate undertaker's assistant and an elderly woman who fears she's becoming invisible.

    Russell Kane recalls his tempestuous ex; Aisling Bea recounts the dark, funny tale of a pensioner with murder in mind; Robert Florence reveals the shady doings of the Scottish branch of the Illuminati; and satirist John O'Farrell asks, 'what if Judas had written the Gospels'?

    Also sharing their fantastic fiction are a wealth of other literary comics, including Sanjeev Kohli, Joe Lycett, Bridget Christie, James Acaster, Jenny Eclair, Shazia Mirza and Mark Watson. Short story fans, rejoice: here are five hours of some of the most charming, absurd, dark, thoughtful and funny tales you'll ever find in one place.

    Contents:
    1. May Contain Nuts by Janey Godley
    2. The Hair of the Dead by Sarah Millican
    3. Gone Phishing by Jon Richardson
    4. The Woman Who Sniffed by Susan Calman
    5. Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Be in the Green by Patrick Monahan
    6. On the Dot by Shazia Mirza
    7. Stairlift Us Up Where We Belong by Sarah Millican
    8. Spooky and the Van by Joe Lycett
    9. A Difference of Opinion by Bridget Christie
    10. The Three Times I Dumped Eleanor, and the Manner of Her Death by Russell Kane
    11. Sorry For Your Loss by James Acaster
    12. Club Sandwich by Mark Watson
    13. The Understudy by Jenny Eclair
    14. Kill Dilly by Aisling Bea
    15. I Bought a Monkey To Stand Out in the New York Art Scene by Sanjeev Kohli
    16. Love and Orangutans by Romesh Ranganathan
    17. Bad Fairytale by Grainne Maguire
    18. The Gospel According to Judas by John O'Farrell
    19. Pick Me Up by Angela Barnes
    20. Apocalypse Soon by Dane Baptiste
    21. Cats Who Walk Like Gentlemen by Robert Florence

    Production credits:
    Produced by Kirsteen Cameron
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 25 August 2009-6 September 2015

    © 2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd. (P) 2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

RELEASED 24/11/2022

Romesh Ranganathan is a comedian, actor and writer. A former maths teacher, he is now known for his award-winning series The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan, his weekly topical show The Ranganation, his sitcom The Reluctant Landlord and the BAFTA nominated Asian Provocateur, which features Romesh's mum. Amongst all of this, he still manages to squeeze in time to record his award-winning podcast 'Hip Hop Saved My Life', to write his regular Midlife Crisis column for the Guardian, and to pen his bestselling autobiography, Straight Outta Crawley. DJ Muffin drops the Mic is his first children's book and gave him an excuse to write about two of his favourite things - hip hop and cake.

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