The first Indian comedian to have a Netflix special, Das has followed up with a second special ‘Losing It’, ahead of his American television acting debut on ABC spy comedy ‘Whiskey Cavalier.’
Vir Das’ reputation as the hottest comic talent in India was confirmed when he became the first person from the world’s second most populous country to have a Netflix special, the raucous Abroad Understanding released last year. Das followed that with a second special Losing It,which premiered on Netflix on Dec. 11. And things continue to look up for Das with his U.S. TV acting debut in ABC’s spy comedy Whiskey Cavalier coming in February.
Born in Delhi, but raised in Africa and educated in the U.S., Das broke through with his stand-up act Brown Men Can’t Hump, a set he wrote while studying at Knox College in Illinois. Returning to India, he dabbled with acting in Bollywood films such as 2011’s Delhi Belly and 2013’s Go Goa Gone.
Ahead of what is sure to be a big year for Das, The Hollywood Reporter spoke to the comedian on his recent success, being a foreign actor in the U.S. and America’s relationship with Donald Trump.