Vir Das has frequently been in the headlines for his remarks and performances pitched in across the globe. The comedian has affirmed that it is better to try a joke than think about the striking controversy which might follow.
When asked about why people have started taking his jokes too seriously, Das avers, “We now live in a universe where I don’t think you can predict what is going to be controversial. It could be literally anything at this point — be it visual image, a joke or wardrobe choice”.
“It could be anything. God knows what will offend people. So if you try to pre-guess what is going to offend people, you are going to go insane. You get to tell every joke once at least now so see the reaction, and then decide whether to keep it or not. Phele joke bol toh do,” he says.
“I’ll try any joke once and then I’ll learn from the reaction,” he discloses.
Vir Das had travelled across the road in the whole of 2022, touring for more than 25 countries covering 183 shows. And when in his show was called off in Bengaluru he says these things happen.
“That was cancelled because of various organisations. We had done three shows in that theatre earlier. With the Wanted tour, we sold over 65,000 tickets in India…. I am very much able to perform in my own country. If you are going to perform for 65,000 people, kabhi kabhi toh issue aayega hai… That’s fine. You have to deal with that. That happens once a year,” he adds.