Best Stand-up Comedy Specials on Netflix (2020)

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Vir Das - Abroad Understanding
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47. Vir Das: Abroad Understanding

Being totally honest, I didn’t know who Vir Das was when I saw his comedy special added to Netflix earlier this year. I’m sure he was a nice guy, but I’m hesitant to watch stand-up specials from people I have no knowledge of. It’s almost like going on a blind date and I get cold feet to take a chance to get to know someone new and experience something different.

After too much time passed, I finally gave it a watch and went in with an open mind. I came away totally impressed and instantly regretted waiting so long to give this a spin. Now, I can’t wait to see more of his work and I hope there will be more specials on Netflix

This special was so awesome because it was really two specials in one. Vir Das performed in New Delhi where he’s like the Indian version of Kevin Hart and Trevor Noah in one. And he performed on a small stage in front of an audience in New York that had no idea who he was. It was so interesting to see how the audience in India responded to his jokes and commentary and how they ate up everything he served vs. how the audience in New York responded. I think they were like me. They were unaware of his global acclaim but went in with an open mind. He talked about good food, bad politics, globalism and nationalism in a special that felt enriching and refreshing. Marcus Raboy directed.

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