Radhika Vaz The Funny Lady
She stands on stage, dressed in a polka-dotted ‘70s summer dr4ess, a flimsy red scarf around her neck, forefinger hooked into a teacup. She looks so "ladylike”, you think. Then she starts speaking. About pretending to be bisexual to attract men, about the popular demands to be hairless, the perils of de-hairing, the indiscretions of flatulence and shifting globes of cellulite. Comedian Radhika Vaz does not subscribe to "ladylike” speech or sentiments, instead she voices every woman’s secrets. By revealing the deeply personal, she creates a community of shared foibles. The audience partakes of a sudden epiphany- we are all equally flawed, and flawed in a universal way.
Unladylike: The Pitfalls of Propriety,
which debuted in
Daughter of an Indian Air Force pilot, born in Mumbai, she
has travelled across
She grew up on the LPs of Bill Cosby and was influenced by funny movies, especially Nine To Five (1980), a comedy in which Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton take revenge on their bullying boss. "It was hilarious and I wanted to do that,” she says.
Following her heart and a man, she moved to the
She went for every audition that came her way but found that she was not enjoying it. A few exciting projects like a supporting role in a Hollywood movie, The Triumph of William Henry Harrison and an off-Broadway play, A First Class Man, hobbled her way occasionally. "Because I love comedy so much, I thought- what if I write my own material and perform it? On the downside, I will fail miserably, and on the upside, I don’t have to audition for the part. Unladylike sort of started from there- form a place of anger and frustration which may career,” recounts Vaz.
Overall, as an excellent comedian, she is totally successful in his career.
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