New Delhi: Indian standup comedian, Vir Das, won the International Emmy for Comedy at a ceremony in New York. The comedian won Best Comedy Series for his Netflix stand-up special Vir Das: Landing, sharing the prize with season 3 of the UK show Derry Girls.
Earlier, in 2021, Vir Das was nominated in the same category for the stand-up special named For India. In a statement shared by Netflix, Vir Das 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.”
— International Emmy Awards (@iemmys) November 21, 2023
Four Indians, including Vir Das, were nominated for the International Emmys this year.
Shefali Shah missed out on the Best Actress award which went to Mexico’s Karla Souza. Shefali was nominated for her role in Delhi Crime, a previous winner at the International Emmys.
Jim Sarbh also missed out on Best Actor for Rocket Boys – the prize was taken by UK star Martin Freeman.
Ektaa Kapoor is this year’s recipient of the International Emmy Directorate Award.