|Pen name||Robert Wringham|
|Occupation||Humorist, Author, Comedian|
|Citizenship||Resident of Canada|
|Alma mater||University of Wolverhampton, University of Strathclyde|
|Genre||Humorous non-fiction, Surreal humour, Wit, Memoir|
|Notable works||New Escapologist (2007-Present);
You Are Nothing (2012);
A Loose Egg (2014)
Robert Wringham (born Robert Westwood on 28 November 1982) is a British humorist and magazine editor originally from Dudley but better associated with Glasgow and Montreal, Canada. His 2014 book, A Loose Egg, was shortlisted for the 2015 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour and he is best known as the editor and publisher of New Escapologist magazine.
Wringham's comic persona is an arch and somewhat foppish urbanite. He has described himself sardonically as a "repulsive hipster with an exaggerated sense of self-importance" and as a "sarcastic, espresso-drinking Mod." His short humor pieces and other essays often focus on incidents from his purportedly indolent life. A Loose Egg is a collection of such pieces.
He is the editor and publisher of New Escapologist, a lifestyle magazine advocating escape from the daily grind. It typically contains a blend of light humour, practical information and moral support for people who want to live unconventional lives. Notable features have included work by or interviews with Alain de Botton, Lord Whimsy, Dave Thompson, Richard Herring, Ewan Morrison and Luke Rhinehart. The magazine has been running since 2007.
In 2012, Go Faster Stripe published Wringham's non-fiction book You Are Nothing, a history of Dadaesque comedy troupe Cluub Zarathustra, whose members included Stewart Lee, Simon Munnery, Kevin Eldon, Julian Barratt, Graham Linehan, Sally Phillips and Johnny Vegas. The book is written from Wringham's perspective, drawing on interviews he conducted with audience members and the cast as well as collected press cuttings and fanzine material from the 1990s.
Wringham also writes for Joshua Glenn's pop culture website HiLobrow, and for the Idler magazine. 2014 saw him writing short humor articles about the pleasures of convalescence and napping for Playboy.
His pseudonym comes from James Hogg's Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner.
- You Are Nothing. Go Faster Stripe, Cardiff, 2012. ISBN 978-0-9560901-2-6.
- A Loose Egg. Eggs Press, Montreal, 2014. ISBN 978-0-9939318-0-2.
- Escape Everything! Unbound, London, 2015. ISBN 978-1783521333. Forthcoming.
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