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Vir Das: Live in London, Soho Theatre – Review

Pros: A hilarious, naughty standup routine that will have you laughing until your sides ache

Cons: A few of the jokes were lost if you aren’t totally immersed in Indian culture

Pros: A hilarious, naughty standup routine that will have you laughing until your sides ache Cons: A few of the jokes were lost if you aren’t totally immersed in Indian culture Vir Das is a fully-fledged Bollywood movie star who decided to try his hand at stand up. I’m very glad he did! He  brings a totally different voice to the UK comedy circuit, with his hilarious perspective on growing up in India, studying in America, politics and religion. Vir got us all to shout out where we were from, to demonstrate that the audience was about 80% Indian…

Summary

Rating

Excellent

Very funny, thoroughly Indian stand-up comedy that transcends cultural barriers. Edgy comedy traversing issues from sex and food through to politics and racism. A must see!

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Vir Das is a fully-fledged Bollywood movie star who decided to try his hand at stand up. I’m very glad he did! He  brings a totally different voice to the UK comedy circuit, with his hilarious perspective on growing up in India, studying in America, politics and religion. Vir got us all to shout out where we were from, to demonstrate that the audience was about 80% Indian (his traditional fan base) with just a small smattering of people from other cultures. I’m sure that will change as his reputation grows for comedy that is universally funny

Vir takes advantage of the fact that many of the non-Indian people in the audience won’t have any knowledge of who he is. He begins his routine by speaking in Hindi and teasing the audience that the show won’t be in English (which of course it is). This immediately cracks up the room, first all the Hindi speakers, then the English-only speakers, as they are let in on the joke. It sets the tone for a show where no one is safe, as Vir picks out members of the audience and teases them mercilessly. Having lived in many countries he’s also a great mimic who perfectly captures the accents and mannerisms of people from across the world – a talented man indeed.

He is also is the butt of his own jokes as he tells sweet, honest and sometimes slightly disgusting stories about his own life, including the tale of the girl who vomited during his first kiss. He exudes boundless energy and cheeky humor, keeping the audience in stiches throughout the hour-long show with just himself, a mic and a spotlight. Taste flies out of the window in this show, as he cracks joke about everything from masturbating with food through to terrorism and racism.

Vir is a fresh new voice and I would recommend snapping up some tickets and dragging your friends along to hear something new, whilst he’s in London. The initial run sold out, but four new dates have just been released.

Author: Vir Das
Director: Vir Das
Booking until: 5 November (the show is sold out but some extra dates have been added)
Box office: 0207 4780100
Booking link: http://sohotheatre.com/whats-on/vir-das-live-in-london

About Kate Woolgrove

Kate Woolgrove
Kate is a newcomer to London and currently wide-eyed in wonder at everything the city has to offer, including it’s incredible, diverse theatre scene. A PR / Communication executive by trade she’d been looking for an outlet to use her powers for good and producing honest, unbiased theatre reviews for Londoners seemed like just the ticket! When not immersed in culture at the theatre or scratching out a living in this wonderful (but ruinously expensive) city she’s usually to be found thoroughly investigating the dazzling array of drinking establishments in the capital or alternatively in the gym undoing all the damage she’s done.