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Vir Das, Netflix team up for two more stand-up specials

In 2017, Das became the first Indian to have his own Netflix original comedy special.

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Sonal Pandya

Looks like actor-comedian Vir Das is due to have a busy 2018. The actor is already a part of the new American television show, Whiskey Cavalier, on ABC with Scott Foley and Lauren Cohan. Besides Whiskey Cavalier and his other film commitments, he will also film two stand-up specials for Netflix in the coming months.

The announcement was made yesterday as Das revealed the "good news".

Das will shoot for the first comedy special on 14 July at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, California.

Last year, he became the first Indian to have his own Netflix original comedy special when Abroad Understanding premiered in April. Abroad Understanding was filmed in New York and New Delhi and in it, the actor-comedian spoke about topics like globalism, food, nationalism and politics.

In an interview with Filmcompanion.com, Das said, “Typically, when I used to go to places abroad, it would be 80% Indian and 20% whoever the locals were – people who were dragged there by their Indian friends. By the time we were at May 3rd and May 4th in Australia, it was fifty-fifty down the middle. These were people who had caught the special. I never realised really how big Netflix’s audience was.”

Das also thanked actress Priyanka Chopra who became the first South Asian artiste to headline a network television show with Quantico in 2015. He specially mentioned on Twitter that she "opened the doors for small fish like me to do comparatively microscopic things."  Besides Das, actors Anupam Kher and Suraj Sharma also have television shows on the 2018-2019 television schedule.

The actor also said that he was occupied with a Nikkhil Advani-produced film called Hasmukh and another yet-untitled action comedy film. He will also be working on an Amazon Prime show with his company, Weirdass Comedy.