Funnyman Vir to Dr Das
Actor-comedian Vir Das has become the first Indian comedian to be conferred with a doctorate by his alma mater in the US.
The funnyman and Delhi Belly actor, currently gearing up for his finale act in Delhi of the Boarding Das world tour, has been honoured for his achievement in the world of performing arts.
He studied in Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. The university will now honour him with the title of Dr Vir Das, making it a rare achievement for an actor-comedian. Vir is known for bringing an American style to topics rooted in contemporary Indian culture.
The ceremony is scheduled to take place in June 2018. He will also become the first alumnus since 1971 to serve as a commencement speaker for their annual commencement ceremony. In the past the list of speakers have included the likes of former President Barack Obama and actress Eva Longoria.
Vir is elated. “Knox was this wonderful place that catered to kids like me who couldn’t otherwise afford to study in the US. They had an amazing faculty that made me love performing. They took an economics student and turned him into an actor and comedian. The wife is already calling me Honorary Dr Das,” he said.