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Vir Das signs action film

Actor-comic takes on four projects, comedy and drama film included, to perform in city at stand-up gig this month.

bollywood Updated: Sep 04, 2011 16:16 IST
Serena Menon
Serena Menon
Hindustan Times

Vir Das’s performance in Delhi Belly this year has resulted in the stand-up comedian signing four films.

Calling the Aamir Khan production a wonderful blessing, Das refuses to reveal much about his forthcoming movies. But when asked what genres they cover, he reveals, “There’s some comedy, some drama and some action.”

Action film for stand-up comic Vir Das, really? “Yup, I’m going to get myself some biceps. Maybe one,” he says, staying true to his universal image of being a funnyman.

Das is currently busy recording his band, Alien Chutney’s first official album. “It should be ready by the end of September,” says Das about the comedy-rock compilation.

He then plans to tour the country promoting it. Meanwhile, the actor-comedian will be seen performing around the country and in the city as part of the month-long event, Foster’s LOL evenings.

For the stand-up gigs, Das along with other popular comics from his company, Weirdass, have put together a series of nights dedicated to laughter like Sketch Night, Night For Lovers as well as performances by improv troupe, Cardinal Bengans and Das’ band Alien Chutney.

“It’s basically a mix of professional and amateur comedy. The idea is to show people that you can do a lot more with comedy than just stand-up,” explains Das, adding that the primary idea of the event is to promote new talent.

Giving amateur comics a chance, the event allows aspiring comics to walk in, pick up the mic and step on to the stage. Das and others from his company will judge the amateurs.
“Whoever wins at the finale will get to open for one of my shows,” he says.

When asked what tips he would dish out to newbies in the industry, he starts by recalling his first attempts at stand-up comedy in Chicago.

“I was booed off stage for the first 12 weeks in a row because I was trying to be funny. I got butchered, then I got my hook,” he says.

Funny business
Tips on how to be funny:
Get drunk
Have a huge lack of success with women
Drink Seriously: Be yourself
Don’t ever tell jokes
Don’t try and be funny

First Published: Sep 04, 2011 14:09 IST

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