Laughter, they say, is the best antidote to stress, pain, and conflict, but it takes people like Romesh Ranganathan, who has a very strong sense of humor and has built such a good reputation in the industry, to administer this pill.
Since he left his job as a maths teacher, this British citizen has come a long way to make a name for himself in the entertainment industry. Not only is he known as “the hardest-working comedian”, but he is also praised as a comedian who knows how to control a room.
Who is Romesh Ranganathan?
Jonathan Romesh Ranganathan is a British stand-up comedian who is best known for his appearances in TV comics such as “Mock the Week”, “Funny Valentines”, “Stand Up for the Week”, “Play to the Whistle” and “House of Fools”. Ranganathan was born on 30 January 1978 in Crawley, West Sussex, England. He is of Sri Lankan descent and was born into a Sri Lankan-British family.
Ranganathan began appearing on television shows in 2014, but before that, he taught mathematics at Hazelwick School and The Beacon School in Banstead. His first appearance was on a British television show called The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, where he presented his homemade vegan chocolate brownies. From then on, he became a regular on TV shows such as BC1’s Live At The Apollo and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, a panel game show that emphasized humor. Other comedy shows he appeared in included Russell Howard’s Good News, Would I lie to you?, I have news for you, Sweating in miniature, Practically famous, Football AM and many others.
Rom-Com and Rome Weren’t Built In A Day his two shows at the Edinburgh Festival made him more popular as they were nominated for the prestigious Edinburgh Fosters Best Show Award in August 2014 and the Best Newcomer Award in 2013.
In 2015, this comic icon joined the league of top celebrities such as Sir George Robey, Harry Lauder, and Cecilia Loftus to perform on the annual British televised variety show The Royal Variety Performance, which was organized to raise funds for the Royal Variety Charity, whose life patron was Queen Elizabeth II. In the same year, he appeared in the series Asian Provocateur for BBC Three, in which he traveled to Sri Lanka to explore his ancestral land. He also appeared in Josh, a sitcom produced by an English comedian and presenter, Josh Widdicombe.
To further expand his tentacles, Ranganathan left the European coast and went to the United States of America to broadcast the second series of the BBC’s three-part show. The following year, he launched his own series Just Another Immigrant on Showtime, which is expected to hit UK screens in early 2019. The documentaries, which premiered on June 8, 2018, were well received by critics worldwide and paved the way for his appearance on James Corden’s American late-night talk show, Late Late Show. From 2018 he will be busy filming his new series on BBC2 The Misadventures Of Romesh Ranganathan. He won the 2016 Ents24 Heavy Labor Comedian of the Year.
Romesh Ranganathan also appears regularly on the 2018 Sky Panel Show A League Of Their Own. Currently, the English stand-up comedian and actor has an estimated net worth of $1 million. The list of his recent awards includes:
- RTS Best Entertainment Performance nominee 2017
- BAFTA Best Entertainment Performance nominee 2016
- Winner: Dave’s Leicester Comedy Award Best New Show 2015
Meet his Wife and Family
English comedian Romesh is married to drama teacher Leesa Ranganathan, who has long been his lover. The couple met when Romesh worked his way through the entertainment industry as a comedian.
Leesa may not be as popular as her husband, but she was very useful to him not only as his wife but also as the best supporter on his path to fame in the world of entertainment. Romesh himself openly admitted that without her support he would have been a “trash teacher”.
Despite the pressure of work and all the paparazzi, the couple still lives happily together, leaving no room for any kind of marital scandal. Romesh and Leesa have three children – Alex, Charlie, and Theo.