Think of Vir Das and a funny guy singing a certain profane Hindi song comes to mind. The comic-turned-actor has been in the news after he announced that his theatre group was producing plays. Das’s Weirdass Comedy is now looking to make films. They have planned four films, and Vir will be acting in all of them.
“They are young crazy comedies, written by all the top stand up comedians in the country. We are aiming at having at least one Weirdass film out every year, since I have three films going on the floors in 2013 with other production houses,” says Vir. One of the films being produced is based in Africa. Vir says, “Its like The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980) meets Ace Ventura (1994). Basically it’s about being stuck in Africa.” Ask him why he chose the continent and he says, “I’ve grown up in Nigeria. So I plan on introducing some of my own experiences in the film.”
Stand up and deliver
The actor will also be performing at the Comedy Store, Palladium, all weekend, starting October 4. The weekend will see some of his best selling shows including The Cardinal Bengans, Headliners, Cinemaaki and Vir Das’s Resentury. The show will also feature his band, Alien Chutney. “Most of my shows get sold out really soon. So putting up a show like this will give people an opportunity to catch what they missed in one weekend.” How does he prepare for improvisational comedy shows, which are so spontaneous? “We do rehearse, randomly bouncing questions at each other. It’s also about studying your team members and getting to know how they think. Jokes may fall flat, but there is always someone who will back you up, and pick up the show once again.”
In Headliners, Vir takes on political personalities and in Cinemaaki, he will dissect Bollywood. “I think people who have reached that (star) stature are very secure about their image. They’d probably want me to make fun of them,” he says, laughing.
Laugh out loud
October 4, 8.30 pm
The Cardinal Bengans
October 5, 8.30 pm
October 6, 8.30 pm
Vir Das’s Resentury
October 6, 10.30 pm
October 7, 8. 30 pm
Vir Das’s Alien Chutney (Unplugged)
Tickets: Rs 500 per show