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Vir Das to do his first item number

tv Updated: Dec 24, 2010 15:53 IST
Serena Menon
Serena Menon
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Audiences have seen him make fun of some of the most influential people in India on stage and on national television. Now, they will see him perform his first ever item song as part of his new TV show, Ripping The Decade. Not just that, he and his team from his company, Weirdass Comedy will dedicate over 14 hours of sketch and stand-up material to some of the biggest pieces of news from over the last 10 years.

“I am very excited about my first item number. People watching may suffer from extreme trauma,” says Das, adding, “But we will talk about Bollywood, politics, sports, technology and Hollywood, Bush, most definitely, Obama’s election, Steve Jobbs, Tiger Woods and Commonwealth Games, among others.”

Though the actor-comedian has worked on numerous shows in the past, it was the “conscious move to veer away from anything newsy” that attracted him to this show. “So far Indians have only seen comedy and satirical comedy in a news comedy format, this will be different,” explains Das, who felt that since he wasn’t going to make it on Koffee With Karan, he may as well do a show on the same channel, Star World.

His band Alien Chutney has also composed five original tracks that will air on the show. “We really tried to mix it up this time. Usually when you do comedy sketches, you end up sacrificing a lot of material, but this time I have a chance to talk about all those things I really want to talk about.”

He also plans on releasing his company’s material on DVDs before the year ends. But most importantly, he’s planning to bring India’s very own Comedy Roast to the city over the next few months. It’s a format where a group of stand-up comics make fun of one celebrity in his presence on stage. Das doesn’t inform when, but promises to bring it down. “Yes, in 2011, I will do a celebrity roast for sure. I can’t tell you who we’re getting. Right now, we’re roasting them on this show, if they still talk to us after this, we’ll see.”

Considering personalities like Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff, who have been roasted in the past have showed an exceptional sense of humour, does he feel Indian celebrities will be able to handle it? “The nice thing with stand-up comedy is that if they’re not being able to take it, you’ll know in exactly five seconds. You don’t have to wait for nine months for your movie to come out to see how people react.”

Das, who will also be seen in Aamir Khan Productions’ Delhi Belly helmed by Abhinay Deo, doesn’t reveal much about his part, but says, “It’s the best role I have done so far. It is something that you would never expect a comedian to do and, yes, Aamir is a genius.”