Vir Das: Losing It is the kind of stand-up that has become very famous in the United States today. It’s the comedy that plays with the clash of culture. Here the Indian comedian makes fun of his experiences around the world, beyond, of course, the time he toured North America and discovered all the veiled prejudices that exist in Western society (watch here).
Vir Das, the Indian comedian who stars in “Losing It”, knows what he’s talking about. He already has great experience in the area, where he has been acting professionally since 2005. He is well known in India, where he makes films for Bollywood, and also became famous for presenting “News on the Loose” on CNBC. All these credentials make him a man with stage experience, and who knows how to dominate an audience. For that, he was the first Indian to have a comedy show on Netflix, “Abroad Understanding”, in 2017. Now he comes back with a new stand-up where he can spread his style freely, as it always has.
In that sense, Vir Das: Losing It is a good show. By the time he talks about these subjects, it’s really funny without letting go of social criticism, as any good comedy show should be. The stand-up format is getting sore, so it is important to give relevance to this showcase, which may serve to make fun, but also to show the audience something that they may haven’t seen yet. Unfortunately, Vir Das soon stumbles.
Vir Das: Losing It was going well until it came to the topic of women. When the comedian begins to talk about on ways to approach and please them, he tries to print the same style of humor he had been using until then, but ends up sounding rather sexist. Jokes that involve female behavior are dangerous: it is difficult to make fun that fits well, without sounding offensive or sexist. In some moments Vir Das even manages that, but in others he sounds embarrassing.
Synopsis 1: His feet are firmly planted on two sides of the world. And, from where he’s standing, humankind looks pretty ridiculous.
Synopsis 2: Comedian Vir Das tackles nationalism, globalism, good food and bad politics in two cleverly crosscut performances in New York and New Delhi.
Age rating: 14;