Long long ago, in a college far far away…a young Indian man studied theatre and method acting with passion akin to that of Navjot Singh Sidhu, right until his final thesis turned out to be a comedy piece titled ‘Brown Men Can’t Hump!’ He then left for Harvard, and stayed there..right until the point when the Swades title song started playing in his ears, calling him back home. And so was born the legend of Vir Das!
Possibly India’s most versatile comic today, Vir Das is many roles into one: an actor, comedian, singer, performer and the creator of Weirdass Comedy, India’s only ‘comedy consultancy’ which offers services on everything ranging from print, web, film, marketing, corporate content, and so on.
With more than a 100 stand-up performances, several movie and TV appearances and a handful of solo specials behind him, Vir Das is the complete Indian ‘funny-man’ today.
Das’ humor is a good blend of both intellectual as well as observable details about everything around him. His debut piece ‘Not for Members Only’, he claims, was named so purely to avoid only the members of the Habitat Center (where he performed it) getting to watch the show!
Besides his stand-up, Das is also the creator of Alien Chutney (India’s only comedy rock band) and the Weirdass Pajama Festival, India’s largest collective comedy festival that is now two annual editions old. The exhaustive range of material used in scripts, gags, TV shows, stand-ups and musical performances are a testament to his ability to put in the ‘phunny’ in any situation.
Top One Liners
*Bearded and sitting with Abish Mathew* There’s a couple of names for the look. There’s…Hipster Osama…Dapper Daler Mehndi...there’s GQ Jesus…Bankrupt guy from 300! Spartans! Tonight we dine in Shiv-Sagar!
I’ve realized that there can never be an Indian James Bond. Because no Indian man can ever put on a tuxedo without looking like a waiter! *imitates a conversation* The name’s Bond, James Bond- Alright bring me two chicken tikka masalas and make it snappy, James, make it snappy!
C’mon, there’s so much you can do with just one ball…you can win the Tour de France!
As an anchor for a CNBC comedy special
As a co-emcee at the Video Music Awards India, 2013
Walking on Broken Das