After Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar made it to the Forbes list of highest paid celebrities, another artist from India has made it to another coveted list. Every year, Variety Magazine comes up with a list of the most sought-after comedians across the world. Vir Das has made it to the Variety ‘10 Comedians to Watch’ in 2017 list.
According to sources, the names are chosen by a large group of editors, reporters, and critics after extensive discussions with the comedy community, including those that scout, book, represent, produce, and cast comics on a daily basis. “The list serves as Variety’s prediction for who is going to rise towards stardom in the American Market. Past winners include Louis CK, Zack Galifanakis, Amy Schumer and Patton Oswald,” says a source.
Apart from Vir, the other comedians on the list are Brian Jordan Alvarez, Rhea Butcher, Desus Nice and Kid Mero, John Early, Tiffany Haddish, Hasan Minhaj, Esther Povitsky, Jesus Trejo and Liza Treyger.
An excited Vir says, “It’s an amazing thing to be elected as one of the names amongst such talented people. It’s rewarding for an artist to get such recognition. As for pressure, I think any artist — musician, comedian, actor — in today’s age of accessibility has to keep reinventing, so yeah the pressure is always there.”
The actor’s Netflix special — Abroad Understanding is currently one of the most talked about and successful shows on Netflix, thus leading to a spike in his popularity over and above his world tour which is currently underway.