Likable young comic Danny Bhoy began his career in his native Scotland and quickly found his footing. Ten years on and he’s selling out major venues, winning awards and establishing himself as a comedy heavyweight. He’s a favourite in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and had the unique pleasure of being the first English-speaking comedian to tour India, an experience he hopes to repeat.
“Not only were they not familiar with me,” says Bhoy, “they weren’t familiar with standup comedy as an art form, so it was a really exciting thing to do in a place where they didn’t know what was actually happening onstage. You get such a buzz out of that, like taking a real blank canvas as an audience and showing them what standup comedy could be.”
He is currently embarking on his latest tour, titled Wanderlust, which will take him through Canada, Australia and back to the United Kingdom. For the globe-trotting Bhoy, the moniker seemed an obvious choice. “Wanderlust kind of encapsulates most of the stuff I talk about, which is basically my travels, my experiences and the fact that I’m sort of on the road a lot.”
Though if you were to ask his female fans what defines him, they might suggest something along the lines of “sexy guy who tells jokes or something.” A quick glance at his Facebook fan page and you get the sense that not everyone appreciates Bhoy for his wit alone. “Oh he is hotter than the coals on my grandmothers’ stove...” says one. “Omg talk about hot!!!!!!” raves another. “Is it even legal for a comedian to look this good?”
Tall, dark and handsome, Bhoy gets flustered on the subject and picks his words with polite embarrassment when confronted about his ability to whip women into a lecherous fury.
“It’s always nice to have fans who are... engaging with you,” he says.
It may be this delightfully aw-shucks attitude behind the marked lack of vulgarity in his shows. Bhoy has no problem dropping a few F-bombs and doesn’t lack adult sophistication in his material, but when it comes to sex: “I’m not good at the discussing of it because I just get a bit too embarrassed talking about it — so it’s just not a subject I ever go near,” he says.
As a result, his comedy doesn’t feel neutered, but you won’t die of embarrassment if you catch a show with your grandmother.