Internationally-renowned Scottish comedian, Danny Bhoy, is bringing his sold-out new show Please Untick this Box to the Adelaide Fringe between the 8th and 11th of March. GLAM had the opportunity to talk to Danny about his style of comedy, Fringe experiences and the content of his new show.
Bhoy began in stand-up comedy after friends encouraged him to tell one of his funny stories up on stage. One thing led to another and he performed his first show in Edinburgh in 2001. Since then he has gone on to perform in America, Australia, New Zealand and parts of Europe constantly “writing material and performing it”. He doesn’t “stop to enjoy the view” though, acknowledging that “but for a few lucky breaks, [he] could still be doing the club circuit” back in Scotland. As the performance venues grow “it becomes harder and harder… to make the performance space feel intimate” and, with his anecdotal style comedy, he still aims to tell a good story.
Having toured throughout Australia on several occasions before, Bhoy has “a lot of fond memories of various kinds of debauchery” specifically surrounding the Fringe and “the Garden of Unearthly Delights”. The Australian humour, according to Bhoy, “is the closest to Scottish humour” – both just “like to be told a funny story”. When comparing the Adelaide Fringe with its Edinburgh counterpart, he believes that Adelaide has “a nice sense of camaraderie” as he gets to “meet every comedian that’s there in the “hubs where people go after the show”.
The new show he’s brining is completely new material bringing something different to his last Australian offer. Bhoy openly admits that he’d prefer to “wait two years to come back with a new show rather than come back every year with the same twenty minutes of show”. Although the last show he brought here was “a very theatrical show”, with this show he wants to shift the focus to his roots and “going back to the rawness of stand-up comedy”. This show is definitely important to him as, for the first time, he “talk[s] about politics…which [he’s] never done before”. “The show starts from the night before the [Scottish Independence] referendum” and continues on with stories from that point. Although it isn’t necessarily an emotional show, “[he does] care about what [he’s] talking about”.
Bhoy finds it difficult to exactly describe his show but, when asked he does say that, at its heart, “the appeal of the show is comedy”. He believes that the show is “like a great meal” and he hopes that he’s “put together all of the things on the one plate that make an enjoyable experience”.
Danny Bhoy – Please Untick This Box plays at Her Majesty’s Theatre 8, 9, 10 and 11 March 2016 at 8pm.
Interview by Nathan Quadrio