No gender bias intended. This is just a short take borrowed from stand up comedian Vir Saran Das. At the age of 23, Mr Das is making many people sit up and notice him. Oh, its really nice and media has been very kind, says the economics and theatre graduate when asked about becoming a sought after figure by media at such a young age.
A product of Lawrence School, Sanawar, Mr Das studied in Delhi Public School, Noida, before leaving for the US for higher studies. He says going to the US has helped him. It helped me study theatre from an academic angle, he explains.
Narrating how he got into comedy, he says, I did a lot of public speaking in college, but it was one of my professors who pushed me into this. I was enjoying doing theatre, doing 25 plays in three years, he recollects. But when I did Brown Man Cant Hump, the first ever play I had written, it became a controversial one in the college. People liked it, though, he says. Although he looks like an out and out extrovert, Mr Das claims otherwise. I am very reserved by nature and very mellow. Though it would take a lot of convincing to believe his words.
When asked from where he manages to get jokes that can hold an audience for one and half hour, he says, I wish I could tell you from where it all comes. The thing is that I keep an eye to the happenings of the world and I am constantly thinking about jokes, he says. But I have to admit that all my jokes are spontaneous, he adds.
Commenting on the difficulties of his trade, he says, Writing jokes for a performance is a different thing and how you tell it to your audience is a totally different thing. You may have the best jokes, but if your style of telling them is not good, there is no use. He adds, Telling jokes is completely dependent on your audience. If you have a receptive audience it is easier. However, if you have a frowning aunty sitting in the first row, then it becomes difficult, he says in his own inimitable style.
Someone who claims to lead a life that any other 23-year-old would do, Mr Das says he loves to be in the company of friends and go out for dancing. He loves comedy by the likes of Eddie Murphy and Robbie Williams and says he loves hip hop songs and rock music. I like Guns N Roses, he says.
On his future plans, It is as good as you know. I am just doing things today, you never know what tomorrow will be like.