Robert Wringham

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Robert Wringham
Born Robert Westwood
Dudley, England
Pen name Robert Wringham
Occupation Humorist, Author, Comedian, Comedy Historian
Nationality British
Alma mater University of Wolverhampton, University of Strathclyde
Period 2007–present
Genre Surreal humour, Wit, Memoir
Notable works You Are Nothing (2012);
New Escapologist (2007-Present)
Spouse Samara Leibner

Robert Wringham (born Robert Westwood on 28 November 1982) is a British humorist and magazine editor from Dudley. He is best known as the editor and publisher of New Escapologist magazine.

His comic persona is that of a foppish city-dweller disconnected from and suspicious of nature. He has sardonically described himself as a "repulsive hipster with an exaggerated sense of self-importance"[1] and as a "sarcastic, espresso-drinking Mod."[2] His short humor pieces and other essays often focus on incidents from his purportedly indolent urban life.

In 2012, Go Faster Stripe published Wringham's non-fiction book You Are Nothing,[3] a history of Dadaesque[4] comedy troupe Cluub Zarathustra, whose members included Stewart Lee, Simon Munnery, Kevin Eldon, Julian Barratt, Graham Linehan, Sally Phillips and Johnny Vegas.[5][6]

He is editor and publisher of New Escapologist, a lifestyle magazine founded in 2007, the content of which offers "escape routes from the present-day predicaments of demeaning work, status anxiety and urban lethargy."[7] The tone of the magazine alternates between light humor, black comedy and prescriptive polemic. Notable features have included work by or interviews with Alain de Botton, Lord Whimsy, Dave Thompson, Richard Herring and Luke Rhinehart.

Wringham also writes for Joshua Glenn's pop culture website HiLobrow,[8] and for the Idler magazine. 2014 saw him writing short humor articles about the pleasures of convalescence[9] and napping[10] for Playboy.

His pseudonym comes from James Hogg's Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner.[11]


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