Having just won a first-ever Emmy nomination, Vir Das is in no mood to slow down. In fact, he’s looking to ramp things up in 2022, with a string of high-profile announcements. Yesterday, the comedian and actor dropped a one-and-a-half minute teaser for The Wanted Tour 2022, an upcoming world tour across five continents. Das is also on the lineup of comedy heavyweights at next year’s Netflix Is A Joke Fest, and just this morning he revealed that he is going to develop and star in a new single-camera comedy for Fox Entertainment.
Deadline reports that Fox Entertainment has signed a deal with production company Party Over Here—founded by American comedy trio Lonely Island—and CBS Studios for the show, which will be called Country Eastern. Sam Laybourne (Black-ish) will co-write and executive produce the comedy, which revolves around the life of a young, wealthy Indian who emigrates to the USA with his family for a fresh start. The show follows Das’ character pledging to rebuild his life from scratch by following his passion of becoming a country singer.
In a press statement, Das said, “It’s an exciting brand new project that is in the works and I’m happy to announce that the series is now being developed. The writing of the series is currently on. I’m excited to be collaborating with such immensely talented names, each of whom have an envious body of work. It’s a unique comedy and I’m looking forward to filming the series soon.”
Das will also hit the road in late February for the Wanted Tour 2022, kicking things off in Canada before heading on to Europe, Africa, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, UAE, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Sri Lanka and India. One of the tour’s pit-stops will be in Los Angeles, where he’ll share the stage with the likes of Dave Chappelle, Gabriel Iglesias, Kevin Hart, John Mulaney, Bill Burr, Amy Schumer, Jane Fonda, Larry David, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Netflix Is A Joke Fest.
And the year hasn’t even officially started yet. With Das facing police complaints at home, amid an atmosphere of rising intolerance and threats of violence against comedians, it’s possible we’ll see the comedian make a lot more moves overseas in coming years. The bridgehead has already been firmly established.