Knox grad, Indian comedian to perform

From: Edinburgh Fringe Festival News

As the most populous and one of the fastest growing democracies in the world, India is embracing unprecedented change, not least in its demand for English-language comedy…

Next year’s [Edinburgh] Fringe [Festival] promises an influx of comedy and theatre from the sub-continent, but at the vanguard is Vir Das, whose Walking on Broken Das arrives here for nine nights…

Having grown up in various parts of India and Nigeria, he first tried stand-up at Knox College in Illinois…

Das postponed his festival debut last year to shoot a contrived caper [film]… One critic called its snappy blend of gross-out humour, sex and swearing, ‘Bollywood’s most daring, cheeky, irreverent, blasphemous, raunchy youth film to date … the lurid content … has never been witnessed on the Hindi screen before!’

[Das is] one of the first Indian stand-ups to tour theatres… performing his 60,000-plus selling show, History of India, at Mumbai’s Sophia Bhabha Auditorium in early July.