vir dasIt’s been a little while since the last Tuesday Stand Up and to be honest there is a reason there wasn’t one last week and that is because I was disappointed with Amy Schumer’s latest effort. I however do not want to talk about that special because I think we have an interesting one here for all of you out there. Who here is familiar with the name Vir Das? If you are not familiar with the name Vir Das, then I do not blame you whatsoever, but that is the beauty of discovery especially with Netflix. Vir Das is an Indian Bollywood actor and comedian who has just recently released his very first Netflix Original Stand Up special that he hopes will educate us as well as entertain us called Vir Das: Abroad Understanding. The cool and unique thing about this special is that it wasn’t just filmed in one location. No, it was filmed in two different locations that are thousands of miles away from each other with the special filmed at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi, India and also at the SubCulture in New York City. The special bounces back and forth as Vir tackles subjects like American Women, Donald Trump, Hollywood Vs India, religious phobias, religious texts, Christmas, breakfast, the appeal of American food vs Indian food, children, racism, french kiss, and so much more.

vir das 2One of the things I loved about this special is some awesome quotes from him that I just couldn’t forget like the opening one, “once you go brown, the other colors let you down.” While that may not be funny to you, I thought it was clever as hell. The other quote that comes later is when he is talking about how Jesus has been replaced and forgotten in favor of Christmas trees in America. The quote is basically a hindu cabby talking to Jesus saying, “This is the second time in your life you were defeated by a piece of wood.” The man is smart and he is engaging which is the best part of the special in general. He is not afraid to engage his own people when it comes to social topics in India as he engages the American crowd about our own issues like electing Donald Trump or what we identify as racism. All I am saying to all of you out there is that this is an example of smart comedy vs stupid and perverted comedy which isn’t a bad thing to be into cause those can be funny too. I just think Vir Das is someone that everyone should give a chance cause he is the alternative to Russell Peters and Aziz Ansari. I am going to give the special an A for a final grade, check it out on Netflix right now.

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