Empire state of mind: the comedian untangling India's identity crisis
With his persona of a Raj-revering Indian, Anuvab Pal dons a Beefeater jacket and judge’s wig to trace colonial legacy in the standup show The EmpireReckoning with colonialism is on the minds of third-generation diaspora kids. Projects such as the Crimes of Britain website are monitoring Brita... [Read More]
Russell Peters on Traveling, Standup, and ‘Indian Detective’
Russell Peters started doing standup in 1989 and he has built himself an incredible career in the three decades since, including sold-out international tours, several major televised specials, and regular mentions on Forbes for his annual income — something Peters says is a natural “curi... [Read More]
Aditi Mittal review – sharp reality checks amid Bollywood and Kama Sutra gags
Underbelly Med Quad, EdinburghThe standup is strongest when she eviscerates cultural cliches in this nervy but promising fringe debutAditi Mittal’s recent Radio 4 show was called A Beginner’s Guide to India, and it also describes what Mittal serves up for her maiden Edinburgh fringe show... [Read More]
Review: Aditi Mittal, “Things They Wouldn’t Let Me Say” on Netflix
How’s your Hinglish? That’s not a rhetorical question. Because Aditi Mittal, the first Indian woman to get her own Netflix hour comedy special, freely mixes English and Hindi in Things They Wouldn’t Let Me Say. Most of her work translates easily. But as I wrote in my review on Deci... [Read More]
Review: Vir Das, “Abroad Understanding” on Netflix
Amazon cut a deal with 14 stand-up comedians from India for new specials to expand its global reach with Prime Video. But Netflix has perhaps the biggest comedy star from India already in Vir Das, who just released his first special for the streaming platform, Abroad Understanding. He shot the hour ... [Read More]
Review: Vir Das, “Abroad Understanding” on Netflix
Amazon cut a deal with 14 stand-up comedians from India for new specials to expand its global reach with Prime Video. But Netflix has perhaps the biggest comedy star from India already in Vir Das, who just released his first special for the streaming platform, Abroad Understanding. He shot the hour ... [Read More]
Review: Vir Das, “Abroad Understanding” on Netflix
Amazon cut a deal with 14 stand-up comedians from India for new specials to expand its global reach with Prime Video. But Netflix has perhaps the biggest comedy star from India already in Vir Das, who just released his first special for the streaming platform, Abroad Understanding. He shot the hour ... [Read More]
Episode #148: Vir Das
Americans may know Aziz Ansari, Hari Kondabolu or Russell Peters, but Vir Das is the biggest Indian-born comedian and Bollywood actor back home, where he hosted up to four shows at once on Indian television. Das first came to America for college, and he’s back now on an American tour promoting... [Read More]
Episode #148: Vir Das
Americans may know Aziz Ansari, Hari Kondabolu or Russell Peters, but Vir Das is the biggest Indian-born comedian and Bollywood actor back home, where he hosted up to four shows at once on Indian television. Das first came to America for college, and he’s back now on an American tour promoting... [Read More]
The Cubs, comedians, and Roy Wood Jr.’s great escape
It’s real. It’s really real. The Chicago Cubs are champions of baseball. 108 years of heartache now erased. Whether you stayed up until the early hours on the east coast watching on television, or woke up this morning to hear the news that transcended the sport, one thing we know for sur... [Read More]