Stand-up comedian and actor Vir Das bagged the International Emmy Award 2023 for Comedy at the award function in New York. This was his second nomination and first win. Das shared the award with 'Derry Girls Season 3' in the same category. He won the award for Best Comedy Series for his Netflix's 'Vir Das: Landing'.
Vir Das shared his happiness in a statement that Netflix shared. He said, "This moment is truly surreal – an incredible honor that feels like a dream. Winning an Emmy for 'Vir Das: Landing' in the 'Comedy Category' is not just a milestone for me but for Indian comedy as a whole. It's heartening to see 'Vir Das: Landing' resonate globally, thanks to Netflix, Aakash Sharma and Reg Tigerman who made it special. 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.''
Along with Vira Das, Shefali Shah, and Jim Sarbh were also nominated in other categories. Shefali missed out on the Best Actress award for 'Delhi Crime' which went to Mexico's Karla Souza. Jim missed out on Best Actor for 'Rocket Boys'. The award went to UK star Martin Freeman. Ektaa received the International Emmy Directorate Award.
Talking about Vir Das, he did 35 plays, over 100 stand-up shows, 18 films, eight TV shows, and six comedy specials. He also appeared in several films like 'Delhi Belly', 'Go Goa Gone', 'Namastey London', and 'Love Aaj Kal' among others. Das also made TV appearances in shows like 'Mumbai Calling', 'Whiskey Cavalier', 'The Curse Of King Tut's Tomb', and 'Fresh Off The Boat'. He did comedy shows for Netflix that include 'Hasmukh', 'Abroad Understanding', 'Losing It', 'Vir Das: Inside Out and Vir Das: Outside In'.
The International Emmys were hosted by US magician Penn Jillette.