Vir Das to pay ode to Johnny Lever at comedy festival

  • Jigar Shah, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 14, 2014 19:01 IST

Vir Das, who started his own comedy festival last year, is planning to make it a bigger affair this time around. Among the plans for the second edition is an ode to iconic comedian Johnny Lever.

"He's one of the reasons why I'm a comic today. I remember watching him when I was 13. My parents had taken me to an event where he was performing for over 7,000 people. It was the coolest thing I had seen - just a man on stage with a mic, making thousands of people laugh. I've been watching his films, videos and audio types, and recently, I got to do a film with him too," says Vir.

The stand-up-comedian-turned-actor confirms that Lever will perform at the festival as well.

"He will be doing a set for us at the tribute. We're giving him an award called King Of Comedy, which we consider our version of the Mark Twain Prize, where humourists come together to give another humourist an award (the Mark Twain Prize is America's top award for humour)," says Vir, adding, "Since he has done over 300 films, I'm trying to get a community of Bollywood comedians on stage to pay tribute to him. There will be 11 people in all to present the award to him."

Apart from this, a number of international acts will also be seen at the festival this time. "There are 20-30 new concept shows that one can also watch," adds Vir.

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