Actor-comedian Vir Das, who became the first Indian comedian to get his own Netflix original comedy special, “Abroad Understanding,” has now been tapped by Hulu for a well-defined role. In fact, according to Variety, the streaming service is developing a new comedy series based on an original idea by Das.
The series, currently titled “In Theory,” is a single-camera comedy about a self-destructive math genius-turned-Indian radio DJ Jazz (Das) who moves from Mumbai, India, to a small Mid-Western college town where he becomes obsessed with completing his late father’s unfinished work, a grand, complex “Theory of Happiness,” according to the publication.
Das, who named as one of Variety’s ‘10 Comics to Watch for 2017’ list, will also serve as an executive producer in addition to starring. Chris Case will write and executive produce. Robinson will executive produce through Doug Robinson Productions. Reg Tigerman will also executive produce through Levity Entertainment Group. Sony Pictures Television will produce, adds Variety.
“I pitched the idea to producer Doug Robinson who liked it. I wanted a story that represented the brand of comedy one is putting out into the world today and this seemed like the perfect universe,” Das was quoted as saying by Mumbai Mirror. “To lend a genuine Indian perspective to comedy from India in an American setting is the focus of the show. I’ve received a fantastic response for my online comedy special and this seemed like the next logical step. This is the golden era of American television and I wanted to be a part of it.”