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In a momentous triumph for Indian comedy, Vir Das received the prestigious International Emmy Award for Best Comedy. The renowned comedian and actor, who is known for his tremendous contributions to India’s stand-up comedy scene, bagged the honor for his Netflix special, Vir Das: Landing.
Notably, Vir Das is the first Indian comedian to receive this award.
— International Emmy Awards (@iemmys) November 21, 2023
International Emmy Awards 2023: Vir Das won Best Comedy along with Derry Girls
Das, recognized as a trailblazer in India’s modern stand-up comedy scene, expressed his joy at the win, calling it “an incredible honor that feels like a dream.” This win marked Vir Das’s second Internation Emmy nomination.
Additionally, he shared the spotlight with the popular British teen sitcom Derry Girls season 3. The duo was in a truss with France’s Le Flambeau and Argentina’s El Encargado.
Das’s journey in the comedy world has been nothing short of remarkable. He has done over 100 stand-up shows and acted in more than 15 films. The comedian usually boasts about the former.
Reflecting on his achievement, Das stated, “My journey from crafting local stories to receiving a global accolade has been both challenging and rewarding, and Netflix has been instrumental in that growth. I’m excited about the continued exploration of diverse narratives, from Noida to the International Emmys – India gets you there.”
Vir Das further added the importance of such award ceremonies. He expressed, “What I love about these award ceremonies is you’ve allowed a comedian to punch very much above his weight. If you think about it, I’m nominated with ‘Derry Girls’, which is a massive multimillion-dollar series, and these other gigantic fictional shows. And I’m just a guy on a stool.”
The International Emmy Awards also saw nominations for Shefali Shah and Jim Sarbh. The pair were recognized for their exceptional performances in Delhi Crime Season 2 and Rocket Boys, respectively.