Dressed daintily in a polka dotted dress, red-hot lipstick and black pumps, Radhika Vaz takes her audience by surprise when she shoots back at a heckler, asking him to shut his gob. At The Comedy Store, where she recently performed her show, Unladylike: The Pitfalls of Propriety, the usually cordoned off area was opened for the weekday’s sold-out show. “The thing about hecklers is that they are funny people. In India, some people think it’s part of a stand-up show, so they just say anything. If the heckler is funny, the repartee with him is fun even for the audience. But if it’s some guy whose mother didn’t hug him as kid, he needs to cut the crap,” says Vaz.
Her production, Unladylike is a witty, semi-autobiographical, bawdy rant that addresses subjects like farting, her distaste of blowjobs, bikini waxing and watching porn, all sprinkled with her signature self-deprecating humour. “I love comedy that focuses on stuff we all think about but never say out loud. None of this is new, I’m simply giving voice to what is already in your head.” Vaz’s one-woman show features a Mrs Dalloway dress-alike, with the sharp tongue of Chaucer’s Wife Of Bath.
She’s performed the show in New York and Mumbai, but ask her if the two sets of audiences reacted differently and the feisty comedian says, “I didn’t write with a particular audience in mind. From Agra to Australia, girls with multiple partners are called ‘fast’. We all love these girls and want to be like them. So the reaction is universal. Though, I’ve realised the more women attendees I have, the louder it gets.”
Ahead of her show in the city, ask her why men should come and watch her side-splitting, open feminist rant, she says, “If you want to know the truth about women, come watch the show. Guys say they don’t understand women. Of course they don’t, considering how much we hide.”
What I’ve learned was that many, many men would not consider marrying a girl if she did not bring her hymen to the table.
Men can do it anywhere they choose, if a woman wants to fart she must pretend she is taking a phone call and leave the room.
It is impossible for me to look sexy and have an orgasm at the same time.
Watch Radhika Vaz in Unladylike: The Pitfalls of Propriety at The Comedy Store, Lower Parel, on
April 7 and 8, 6pm. Tickets Rs 500.