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Danny Bhoy

Biography

"This is a show you could see time and time again. Exceptional"
The Sunday Mail, Australia

Danny Bhoy began stand up in 1998 after going to see his first comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival. A year later, he won The Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award, Britain's biggest competition for comedy newcomers. For the next two years Danny worked at as many clubs as he could, up and down the UK, learning his unique stagecraft, and building up for his much anticipated Edinburgh Festival debut. In 2001, Danny took his first full length solo show to the Edinburgh Festival, where, within a week, he had sold out his entire three-week run, and was forced to add extra shows to cope with demand for tickets. As one critic described it, "the young Scot is simply the hottest ticket in town."

 

The following year Danny returned to Edinburgh with a new show which attracted more and more fans, bowled over by his "razor-sharp mind, and quick-witted one liners." Ultimately a room three times the size was not enough, with extra shows added at the end of the festival. By the spring of 2003, Danny's comedy started to take a different direction. He was beginning to display a natural talent for story-telling on stage, and his comedy was developing into shows with "considerable substance and maturity." This was also the year Danny dipped his toe into the Australian comedy market, where his first solo show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival was described as a "stunning debut by one of the finest observational comics around." The success of his live work led to various TV appearances on high- profile national Australian TV shows such as Rove Live, The Glasshouse, and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala.

In just his third Edinburgh Festival, Danny moved into a 400-seat venue, and become the best-selling comedian at the box office. His show about his travels around Australia was described as "effortlessly funny" by one critic, and "the stand up equivalent of Bill Bryson" by another. Once again, demand for tickets was big enough to force extra performances. In November of the same year, Danny was invited to perform on the Royal Variety Show, alongside some of the biggest acts in the world.

In 2004, his star continued to rise at a meteoric pace in Australia, and now New Zealand, where he set the record for the most tickets ever sold at the New Zealand Comedy Festival. Returning to Edinburgh with another new show in 2004, this time a hilarious, and touching look at childhood, Danny played to sell-out crowds every night in a 650-seat venue.

In 2005, Danny was invited to take part in the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, where he received rave reviews for his barnstorming set on the televised Gala, leading the Montreal Gazette to describe him as "the stand out hit of the festival" and was nominated for a Gemini Award for the Best Individual Performance at the Just For Laughs showcase. In November 2005, Danny was also invited to take part in the inaugural Las Vegas Comedy Festival alongside some of the biggest names in comedy including Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Robin Williams, and Steve Martin.

The year 2006 began with an extensive tour of Australia, including completely sold out seasons in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane, then a tour of all the major cities and regional towns in New Zealand, becoming the highest selling comedian at the New Zealand Comedy Festival for the second year in a row.

His next move was a return to his home city of Edinburgh where he became the highest selling comedian of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for 2006. January 2007 saw Danny embark on his biggest tour yet, including 94 dates across Australia, beginning in Mt Gambier, South Australia, selling out every show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney's Cracker Comedy Festival, taking in all of Australia's major regional towns and ending with a triumphant series of shows at the Sydney Opera House where he filmed his Danny Bhoy: Live at the Sydney Opera House DVD.

"[The DVD] will have you rolling around on the couch for a good couple of hours... utterly charming and laugh out loud funny."
Courier Mail, Brisbane

He followed the Australian tour with the prestigious invitation-only Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal alongside comedy legends Billy Connolly and Eddie Izzard:

"He had the crowd on side from the beginning and never let go. No surprise he got a standing O."
Montreal Gazette

After another major tour of New Zealand in August 2007, Danny became the first ever stand up comedian from the UK to perform in India. Three sell out shows in Mumbai promise a return some time in the future, and further establish Danny Bhoy's reputation as one of the most adventurous and popular comedians in the world.

"Scotland's Danny Bhoy is impressive. His simple observations are delivered with hilarious punchlines and he creates a remarkable intimacy with his audience. A must-see."
The Age, Australia

"his routines have the mark of those which are quoted from, for years to come."
The Herald, UK