From the Bangalore Mirror:
Vir Das has been funny since he was 21. After four years of serious acting at schools in the US, he concluded comedy was more fun. â€œIt was more a rebellion than a shift. I needed an art form that was more personal and fluid,â€ he offers. Today, a stand-up comedian at 30, he gets all the laughs.
â€œI have the best job in the world,â€ he grins. In the city for his production house Weirdass Productionsâ€™ Ham-ateur Nights performances, Das has brought together young comedians who want to be funny, on â€œour owna termsâ€ in every different mass medium. â€œAnd we also drink a lot of chai,â€ he admits.....
As a young acting student at Knox College, Illinois, Chicago, Das couldnâ€™t sleep for weeks before his debut performance for an audience of 700. â€œAfter I got the first laugh and my first standing ovation, I couldnâ€™t sleep for another couple of weeks, out of the excitement,â€ he remembers. But close to a decade in the business, his nightmares remain about not being able to see ghosts. â€œBeing a comic is like being the only one in the room who saw the ghost. So I need to see ghosts around me everyday,â€ he exclaims.