Knox grad hits comedy stages in India

From: The Hindu (Bangalore, India)

In some ways, Vir Das thinks it’s unlucky that his first-ever comedy show, Brown Men Can’t Hump, was a roaring success. The show was created as a thesis performance for his theatre course in Knox College, Illinois. The now-established comedian did it because he was sick of the “serious” theatre: he’d had an overdose of Bertolt Brecht, Arthur Miller and Anton Chekov. Vir booked a theatre, and wrote a 90-minute programme… The audience – comprised of 800 friends of his, he says – loved the show, and Vir left stage feeling like “hot stuff”. Six months later, he was in Chicago working as a dishwasher, getting booed off successive amateur stand-up comedy nights…

In the nine years since Vir returned to India, he’s done television shows and several live shows, and has begun stepping into films (such as Delhi Belly). There are eight other films on the way, he said. He’s also seen audiences grow used to his style of comedy. While earlier his shock value was too high, he says, “now, half the audience is coming in expecting edgy material; the other half is used to it.” Read more…