The Riot Act

India Today - - SNAPSHOTS -

Some women just don’t have the heart, mind or body to be a lady, says New York­based stand- up comic Rad­hika Vaz. The 39- year- old was re­cently back home with her new show Un­la­dy­like: The Pit­falls of

Pro­pri­ety to tickle In­dia’s funny bone. Q. What made you choose com­edy? A. Funny movies. 9 to 5 is one that I loved. I re­mem­ber watch­ing the per­for­mances and laugh­ing so hard. I wanted to be Dolly Par­ton but I didn’t have her chest. Q. What’s chal­leng­ing about per­form­ing on stage? Does it ever scare you? A. There will al­ways be hic­cups. I wel­come them be­cause they keep things fresh. The big­ger prob­lem for per­form­ers like me is stay­ing up on stage and hold­ing ev­ery­one’s at­ten­tion. Q. Are you, like your act, un­la­dy­like? A. Ab­so­lutely. What is la­dy­like any­way? It’s just a stupid com­pli­ment that says, “good job lit­tle girl, you are do­ing all the things so­ci­ety ex­pects of you”. So­ci­ety’s con­cept of a lady is univer­sal and silly. Q. Did you chose your stage al­ter ego as an in­ten­tional con­trast to your ma­te­rial? A. Yes. The 1950s Amer­i­can house­wife ex­em­pli­fied la­dy­like­ness. I would’ve found some ex­cuse to wear that dress. It just so hap­pened that it worked for this show. Q. Do you think as a coun­try, we’re un­able to laugh at our­selves? Or has that changed? A. I think we are chang­ing but we are drag­ging our­selves into the fu­ture.

KATA­RINA KO­JIC

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