Scotland gave birth to curling, so I thought it somewhat appropriate that I was watching Winter Olympics curling action yesterday when I spoke with Scottish stand-up comedian Danny Bhoy. Well, somewhat appropriate.
"Let's both decide that's not a healthy way to start the morning," Bhoy said.
How's this for a start, then? Here's a clip from Bhoy's upcoming hour stand-up special, "Subject to Change," talking about the worldwide credit crunch. Roll it!
Bhoy is making his first headlining stop in New York City this weekend with dates through Sunday at Carolines on Broadway. He'll head next to Chicago's Improv next weekend, with additional club gigs planned at the Improvs in Addison, Texas, and Miami, the Punchline in Atlanta, and the House of Comedy in Minnesota in April.
Is 2010 the year American audiences find out about this Scottish wit? "At the moment, the invasion has not been called. It's just been setting up the various trips. I haven't really done much. It all really hinges on the Comedy Central special, but the date keeps moving along. Not many people know who I am over here. I'm doing Letterman soon." I did notice earlier in the week that Comedy Central put out a press release saying Bhoy's stand-up hour would air March 6, but then the release disappeared online later in the same day. "It's changing again," Bhoy acknowledged. "I don't know what's going on over there. I was originally told January, then March, and now April. I don't even know if I'm going to be here when it comes out."
You moved to America full-time last year, though, right? To Los Angeles. "The tail end of last year, I came here in August. I sort of did a big tour. I do a six- or seven-month tour of Australia and New Zealand every year. Then I filmed this special and they said, 'Why don't you move here and we'll get you gigs in the clubs and get you some work, so I moved here lock stock and barrel. It's not ideal, but I'm here in California in February and it's 80 degrees."