Vidur Kapur was nominated in ‘08 for a “NewNowNext” award by MTV Network’s Logo as “Brink of Fame: Comic”. He is one of the top three acts on US college campuses for ‘08-’09 and has catapulted barriers and moved South Asians and LGBT students from confinement on the margins to the campus core. Vidur was selected as a New York finalist by NBC's "Stand Up for Diversity" initiative and performed as part of the famous New York Comedy Festival where he was described as "A comedian to remember". Vidur’s most recent special “One Night Stand Up” Vol. 2 is currently airing on Logo. He was listed by India Tribune as one of the “Top 31 personalities of Indian Americans” and has been nominated for the ‘09 Sony Entertainment “South Asian Excellence Awards” in the category of Entertainment. Vidur’s insightful writing was made available to the public in ‘09 with his own chapter called “Reincarnated” in a book called “Out on The Edge: America’s Rebel Comics” by Mike Player and published by Alyson Publications. He recently toured India and was featured with a glowing review in the “People and Parties” section of Vogue India.
Vidur was selected as one of the top four Asian comics in North America to perform at the world famous "Just for Laughs" Comedy Festival in Montreal in July 2006. Vidur and his stand up comedy are the subject of a short film called ³Laughing Out Loud A Comic Journey² by director Shalini Kantayya which was shown on Steven Spielberg's "On The Lot" on FOX television. This film was voted as the favorite film by Michael Bay, Director of Transformers and by the other contestants on the show. He has co-starred with Margaret Cho and NBC's in MTV LOGO's "Outlaugh Festival on Wisecrack". Vidur was featured in a Reuters Television piece around the world on " Prominent South Asians in the Media" He has toured internationally including Canada, India, the UK, Ireland, the Caribbean and South Africa. Vidur was one of the original "Gurus of Comedy" in a show produced in 2003 along with Russell Peters.
Vidur is featured in a documentary on leading US comedians called "Making Funny", is part of a DVD called "The Indian Invasion" and was seen in a feature on 'HinJew Hysteria' which has been televised by AVStv from Jersey City, to Jaipur, to
Vidur Kapur has become an international sensation with his edgy, urban, groundbreaking comedy which focuses on his experiences as a gay, Indian immigrant. Vidur wows global audiences at clubs, colleges and festivals. Catch him on myspace and Facebook and join the phenomenon!
Vidur was recently featured in a Reuters Television piece around the world on " Prominent Reuters TV featured him on a piece called "Top South Asians in the Media" where they interviewed Vidur and showed clips of his stand up comedy act, along with internationally known celebrities such as Mira Nair, Director of "Monsoon Wedding" and "The Namesake", Naveen Andrews of ABC's "LOST" and "ER" and "Bend it Like Beckham's star Parminder Nagra and Suketu Mehta, the Pulitzer Prize Finalist author. Vidur has been seen in international media and television including, NBC, CBC in Canada, NPR, AVStv, New Delhi TV, MTV Desi and PBS's Asian America.
Vidur was nominated in the category of "Favorite South Asian Comedian" for the South Asian Media Awards. He has been given his own show at NYC's celebrated Gotham Comedy Club. He's received raves at colleges including U. of Louisville, Montana St. U., Rutgers, Yale, Stanford, Campus Pride Leadership Camp at Towson University, Haverford, Washington St. U., U. of Chicago, Loyola University and Davidson. He's been brought to campuses by collaborations involving queer organizations, Asian and South Asian organizations, multi-cultural centers, international student groups, MBA programs, alumni associations, and by innumerable student activities boards. As a result of showcasing mainstage at the prestigious National Association for Campus Activities National Conference in St. Louis in 2008, he's is 1 of the top 3 comics on US campuses in '08-'09. He has performed in the last year at Admit Weekends at Williams and Priceton, Orientation at U Memphis, and Austin Peay State U in TN, Welcome Back Weeks, and Homecoming for 7000 at the University of South Florida.He co-stars in:
"OUTmedia's Queer Riot!" for National and Global Touring
For premiere performing arts venues and large scale community events such as MBLGTACC '09 on 2/13 at Indiana University-Bloomington. Be prepared to belly laugh 'til it hurts and celebrate our diverse community with some of the very top US comedy acts. Catch a riotous Latina, South Asian, and a Jew as they launch a major national tour destined for international venues in 2009! This show has an all-star diverse and absolutely no-holds-barred riotous cast, and will feature Marga Gomez, Vidur Kapur and Jason Stuart, and a special guest star perfect for your community. Julie Goldman
co-starred with Marga, Jason and Vidur when OUTmedia's Queer Riot! performed at MBLGTACC '09, the largest queer youth conference in the US at IU-Bloomington.
Vidur Kapur's stand-up comedy is based on the social commentary of a one-man culture clash. A South Asian raised in a conservative upper middle class family in New Delhi, an overachiever with a degree from The London School of Economics and Ph.D. coursework from the University of Chicago, a misfit in a family focused on arranged marriages and social status, a chic urban trend-crazy gay fashion victim in West Hollywood and Manhattan, a corporate executive from blue chip international firms, an immigrant to the US and a person horrified at being mistaken for a terrorist in a post 9/11 America.
Vidur's act incorporates multiple colorful characters that range from traditional Indian to outrageous and funky. Vidur comically shares his experiences with issues including homophobia, racism, classism, cultural sensitivities and gender identity in a performance that is personal, vulnerable, irreverent and brutally honest.
" The Very Vidur Show...a hilarious tirade on growing up as a gay Indian-American
" We have seen some of your work and it is absolutely fabulous! Your Comedy is fresh, unique, and your ability to take issues and present them so lightly is wonderful. It reflects your bright personality and individuality.
" Never seen anything like this before... You're in!
" Thanks again for your performance! you were so funny- it was the perfect end to the South Asian conference!! I hope you can come back to Yale again .
"Vidur Kapur is Indian, Gay, Hilarious.
"Don't miss !! Vidur Kapur cracks you up !