Vir Das

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Vir Das
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Vir Das in 2012
Vir Das

OccupationComedian, Actor, Comedy musician
Years active2005–present
Shivani Mathur (m. 2014)
WebsiteOfficial Website
Personal Website

Vir Das is an Indian comedian, actor and comedy musician. After beginning a career in standup comedy, Das moved to Hindi cinema starring in films like Delhi Belly, Badmaash Company and Go Goa Gone. In 2017, he entered the international stage with his Netflix special Abroad Understanding. Das has performed in approximately 35 plays, over 100 stand-up comedy shows, 18 films, eight TV shows and six comedy specials. He has written comedic columns for Femina, Maxim, Exotica, DNA and Tehelka. In 2019, he made his debut in American television with the television series, Whiskey Cavalier.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Vir Das was born in Dehradun. He was raised in Nigeria[1] and studied at the Indian Language School in Lagos, Nigeria, as well as at The Lawrence School, Sanawar and Delhi. He obtained a bachelor's degree from Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois in Economics and Theatre with a concentration in performance. After graduating from Knox, Das was accepted into the Stanislavsky Program of the Moscow Arts Theatre.

He married his girlfriend of 5 years, Shivani Mathur, in October 2014.[2][3]

Career[edit | edit source]

It was at Knox that Das first explored stand-up comedy with his first (1-1/2 hour) special, Brown Men Can't Hump, which debuted in Knox's Harbach Theatre. He received a Richter Scholarship for Theatre and later went on to win the Colton Performance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting from Knox. He was a teaching assistant for Beginning Acting at Knox. At Harvard, Das trained as a method actor for six months and performed eight plays with the Moscow Arts Theatre.

Das returned to India in April 2003 and since then has performed over 100 comedy shows in all the major cities. He debuted six comedy specials written, directed by and starring him at the India Habitat Center. These include Brown Men Can't Hump, Not for Members Only, Bored of The Things!, Who Let the Das Out?, Son of a Switch! and VIRagra.

Das started his career on TV when he hosted two TV shows on Zoom. The first one was Is Route Ki Sabhin Linein Maast Hain where he was an agony uncle. The second was his own stand-up comedy late night show Ek Rahin Vir. Das also hosted Top Drive - Getaway for Star World.

Das has appeared on a variety of comedic television programs. He hosted Cricket Firsts, a sports comedy show on Zee Sports (now TEN Action+). He did improvisational comedy on SAB TV's Lo Kar Lo Baat. He was an addition to the cast of The Great Indian Comedy Show on STAR One. He can be seen anchoring Now Not Showing on CNN-IBN.

Das is the host of News on the Loose, his own news comedy show on CNBC-TV18. News on the Loose was given its own weekly half-hour special News On The Loose — Weekend on CNBC-TV18.

Das was cast as the comic relief in The Curse of King Tut's Tomb, a Hallmark mini-series filmed in India. He began filming for his first two Bollywood roles in early 2006. He played a small role Vipul Shah's 2007 movie Namastey London.

Das has performed in approximately 35 plays, over 100 stand-up comedy shows, eight TV shows, two movies and six comedy specials. He has written comedic columns for Femina, Maxim, Exotica, DNA and Tehelka.

Vir Das has also worked with Ashvin Gidwani Productions-AGP on stand up shows like Walking on Broken Das, Battle of Da Sexes, and History of India: VIRitten, which he wrote and directed.[4]

Vir Das performed at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2011.[5]

In 2012, Das released his first music album with his comedy rock band Alien Chutney. Das serves as vocalist on the album, entitled Mauritian Chutney. "Manboob", a track from the album, was later used in the 2018 Losing It Netflix special.

On 25 April 2017, Das' Netflix special Abroad Understanding was released, in the process becoming the first Indian comedian with a comedy special on the platform.[6]

In June 2017 Das was named one of Variety's "10 Comics to Watch for 2017."[7]

In December 2018, Das released his second Netflix comedy special, entitled Losing It.[8] In 2019, Vir plays the role of Jai Datta in American action comedy-drama series Whiskey Cavalier on ABC.

In 2019, Das released his travel cum comedy show Jestination Unknown where he explores how Indians see humour along with a couple of other stand up comedians and celebrities.[9]

He starred opposite Priety Zinta in a Fresh Off the Boat episode titled "The Magic Motor Inn."[10] He plays the patriarch of an Indian family. Das' onscreen family will be at the center of the plot of the official spin-off of the same show.[10]

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Film[edit | edit source]

Year Film Role Notes
2007 Namastey London Prospective Groom No. 1 Guest appearance
Mumbai Salsa Rajeev
2008–09 Mumbai Calling Call center attendant Seven episodes
2009 Love Aaj Kal Shonty
2010 Badmaash Company Chandu
2011 Delhi Belly Arup
2013 Go Goa Gone Luv
Sooper Se Ooper Ranvir
2014 Shaadi Ke Side Effects Manav
Revolver Rani Rohan Kapoor
Amit Sahni Ki List Amit Sahni
2016 Mastizaade Aditya Chotia
Santa Banta Banta
31st October Devender Singh
Raakh Protagonist
Shivaay Wahab
2017 Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi Monty Tondon
2019 Sabaash Naidu Indian Embassy receptionist

TV[edit | edit source]

Year Show Role Notes
2017 Conan (talk show) Guest
2019 Whiskey Cavalier Jai Datta Main Cast
Koffee with Karan Himself Episode: Koffee Awards 2019
2020 Fresh Off the Boat DC Episode: "The Magic Motor Inn"[11]

Web[edit | edit source]

Year Platform Name Notes
2014 YouTube Canvas Laugh Factory
2017 Netflix Abroad Understanding[12] Stand-up special
2018 Netflix Losing It Stand-up special
2019 Prime Video Jestination Unknown Comedy series
2020 Netflix Hasmukh Writer and an actor
2020 Netflix For India Stand-up special
2020 Vir Das : Inside Out Stand-up special
2020 Netflix Vir Das : Outside In Stand-up special

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "My mother tells me not to say 'penis' on stage: Vir Das". The Times of India. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  2. "I'm called an actor, not a comic: Vir Das". The Hindustan Times. 21 January 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  3. "Review: Vir Das' 'Abroad Understanding' Is A Hit-And-Miss Affair". The Quint. Archived from the original on 26 August 2017. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  4. "Ashvin Gidwani Productions and Vir Das take the audience on a laughter ride". Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  5. "Vir Das at Edinburgh Festival Fringe". The List. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. Nijhawan, Meghna (27 April 2017). "Comedian Vir Das Compares Donald Trump To Arranged Marriage On US TV Show". NDTV.
  7. Riley, Jenelle (13 June 2017). "Variety Announces 10 Comics to Watch for 2017". Variety. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  8. Singh, Deepali (10 December 2018). "'I have worked very hard to be this exhausted': Vir Das". Daily News and Analysis.
  9. Arora, Akhil (18 October 2019). "'Jestination Unknown: Vir Das, Shruti Seth & Co. Tour India and Make Jokes': Vir Das". NDTV. Archived from the original on 10 November 2019. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Choudhury, Bedatri (29 October 2019). "A Potential "Fresh Off The Boat"Spinoff With Preity Zinta And Vir Das". Forbes. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  11. IANS (23 January 2020). "Preity Zinta, Vir Das' 'Fresh Off The Boat' Episode to Premiere on Jan. 24". India West. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  12. "Vir Das's Abroad Understanding: The comedian tackles religion, racism and more in his Netflix special show- Entertainment News, Firstpost". Firstpost. 26 April 2017. Retrieved 28 November 2019.

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