Celebrating Britain's 101 Most Influential Asians 2021

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Romesh Ranganathan


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ONE of the most media ubiquitous comics in Britain, Romesh Ranganathan has started 2021 with a rather unusual decision for a celebrity: quitting Twitter.

His tweet on January 20, 2021, read: “I don’t like it here anymore so this is my last ever tweet. Goodbye forever! (I’m on Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok and probably OnlyFans soon)” Dwelling upon this decision and its aftermath in his Guardian column, the 42-year-old said he found the way people speak to each other on it as “unacceptable.” And in typical deadpan style, he adds: “I was tired of the incessant comments about me getting work only because of diversity quotas and political correctness, from people who ignore the fact I couldn’t care less whether it’s talent or initiatives that get me the work: I’m still taking the money.”

Joke apart, Ranganathan was just stating a fact there, as the comedian is on a roll with TV shows, books, comedy tours, award-winning podcast Hip Hop Saved My Life and countless other achievements. Since his TV debut on Live at Apollo in 2012, this Sussex-born star has gone from a secondary school maths teacher to becoming a household name.

His BBC Two show The Ranganation returned for a third season this February, after a second season which has been hailed as one the best lockdown comedy series on TV last year.

Joined by his very own focus group of 20 members of the public, who represent a cross section of modern Britain, the show has seen Ranganathan’s mastery at driving the most insightful, yet hilarious look into contemporary life.

Past discussions have covered such disparate areas as paranormal activity, homeschooling during lockdown, dating apps, whether or not you should wash your legs in the shower, and of course, Trousers Or No Trousers?! The show continues to grow

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