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Vir Das on Using Humour as a Coping Mechanism

Vir Das on Using Humour as a Coping Mechanism

How powerful is humour as a unifying force in the world? Are we drawn to it because it’s a coping mechanism for us to deal with the hardships of our lives? Who better to chat about this than comedian and actor Vir Das.

On this episode of Take aPause, Vir joins Varun to talk about his success as India’s only Emmy-nominated comedian and journey as he learns to cater to both a global and an Indian audience. From packing up his life in Mumbai and moving to Goa during the pandemic to travelling to 25 countries in the last year to perform 150+ shows, Vir’s still coming to terms with the concept of being a “global citizen”.

One of the most-well known Indian comedians, Vir Das was nominated for an Emmy in the Best Comedy category for his Netflix Special ‘Vir Das: For India’. As an actor, he is best known for his roles in Delhi Belly (2011) and Go Goa Gone (2013). He has performed in 35 plays, 100+ stand-up comedy shows, 18 films, eight TV shows and six comedy specials.

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About the show

“Take apause with Varun Duggirala” ( previously “The     Varun Duggi show”) is a twice a week podcast that’s meant    to enable its listeners to take a pause amidst the chaos of their  daily   lives to learn tools, embrace ideas and soak in concepts that  will   help them find motivation, build the right mindset and perform at    their best. Varun also occasionally taps into the minds of    truly interesting people to give listeners a learn from and   use in their  work, life and everything in-between.

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