UK audiences are in for an Indian treat at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year with the brilliant, hilarious and manic new show ‘WALKING ON BROKEN DAS’ (WOBD) starring Vir Das, showcasing from the Monday 12 – Tuesday 20 August at City Edinburgh Nightclub. After playing to sell-out crowds around India and successfully touring Asia, stand up comedian and actor VIR DAS is one of India’s best loved comics and brings his satirical comedy special to our shores. Not for the easily offended, Das finds the funny in mundane everyday tasks like brushing your teeth, combing your hair and longing to become a dirty old man. Vir’s manic energy on stage is infectious and his razor-sharp observations on things you don’t notice (but should) will have you laughing in fits.
The best of Indian media rave about him –
Indian Headlines say he’s: ‘a comedian to watch out for’ (The Indian Express), ‘simply hysterical’ (Hindustan Times) ‘The Funniest Kid in India’ (Pioneer) ‘India’s only true comic’ (Verve). The Indian Express has dubbed him ‘India’s Answer to Jay Leno’ and don’t swoon ladies but the Delhi Times has even dubbed him ‘one of Delhi’s Top Ten Dream Men’.
Vir Saran Das studied acting at Knox College where he received a Bachelor’s in Economics and Theatre specialising in performance. Vir returned to India in April 2003 and since then has performed over two hundred comedy shows in all of the major cities across the world. He has debuted six comedy specials which he has written, directed and starred in (Brown Men Can’t Hump, Not for Members Only, Bored of The Things! Who Let the Das Out? Son of a Switch! and VIRagra).
Vir started his career hosting two TV shows on Zoom Channel – Route Ki Sabhin Linein Maast Hain and Ek Rahin Vir and instantly got noticed placing Vir foremost on the comedy map in India. Since then, Vir has gone onto host Top Drive getaway for Star World and Cricket Firsts- a sports comedy show on popular TV show Zee Sports. Most importantly, Vir is the host of News on the Loose, his own news comedy show on CNBC known for its fearless brand of intelligent comedy. He is also part of the cast of HBO’s new comedy mini-series entitled Mumbai Calling which is currently on the air.
Vir ventured into Bollywood movies in Vipul Shah’s hit movie Namaste London. He also starred in Vikram Bhatt’s Mumbai Salsa, which won him critical acclaim. Recently Vir was seen in “Aamir Khan Production’s Delhi Belly and Manmohan Shetty’s Shaadi of the Dead.
A formidable hard worker Vir currently has approximately 35 plays, over 200 stand-up comedy shows, 8 TV shows, 5 movies and 7 comedy specials behind him. He has created over 14 hours of original stand-up comedy.
Over the past eighteen years, Ashvin Gidwani Productions (AGP) have been creating, conceptualising and producing plays in India, successfully marketing and promoting commercial theatre across the country. AGP have showcased productions in the U.K., Europe, the Far East and the Middle East with a fantastic response from Indian and and global audiences with the objective to bring theatre work created on India soil to the world. Previous UK productions include Funny Thing Called Love; Punch-a-Tantra; Arrey!Mad about Money!! and Double Deal.
After the successful theatre performances in the UK of Double Deal, Mad About Money, Funny Thing Called Love, Punch-a-Tantra etc, Ashvin Gidwani Productions (AGP) now makes its debut with stand-up comedy giving Indian comedy its very own platform at the Fringe Festival. WOBD will also feature acts by leading young stand- up comedian, Rohan Joshi. So if you’re at the Fringe Festival this August, you owe it to yourself to drink lots of beer- preferably while watching WOBD!
All set to take this new show across the world, Ashvin Gidwani says, “Stand-up comedy is a new aspect of theatre that AGP is exploring and as always we are all set to bring this quirky experience to our audience. Vir Das is an amazing entertainer and his witty satirical comedy will have the audience in splits. We are planning to take this across the UK and overseas as well, and give the audiences a fantastic cultural experience joining Vir Das!”