Vir Das's Netflix special, Abroad Understanding debuted yesterday on the online streaming giant Netflix. The one hour stand-up is a very big deal for Netflix because it marks its first collaboration in India, and for Vir Das who will be competing against the likes of Amy Schumer, Dave Chappell and Chris Tucker.
In his show, Das will be tackling the subjects of racism, social injustice, homophobia, religion, etc. and from the looks of it, most of it is going to be targeted at the US. Das filmed his special in the presence of 12,000-plus crowds in New York and New Delhi.
To mark his Netflix debut, Das performed a 5-minute section of his stand-up on the Late Night with Conan O'Brien and we got a glimpse into his special.
"Have you been to India?" he asks the crowd. "Your jobs have been there."
He then goes on to talk about the hottest topic for comedy in America: President Trump.
He talks about the dissatisfaction Americans feel about Trump: "We didn't vote for this guy, now we gotta live with him. We didn't choose this guy and now we have to live with him"
Das says, "For you Americans, that is your President; for Indians that's marriage."
He likens the US presidential elections 2016 to the concept of arranged marriage: "That's what Donald Trump is, America, it's your arranged marriage. Your parents picked him out for you in the most literal sense."
The part in the video that stood out the most was his bit on cereal in America. He says to his American audience, "You have done so much with breakfast. We just have cornflakes. Then you come to America and cereal has so much variety. There are leprechauns and lucky charms."
Though the jokes are individually funny, the switch from one joke to another seems a bit too abrupt. But the concept is new and fresh and caters to the millennial audience who can relate to events in India and America.
Published Date: Apr 26, 2017 02:35 pm | Updated Date: Apr 26, 2017 02:35 pm