Danny Bhoy

Danny Bhoy

Real name: Danni Chaudhry
Born in the Scottish spa town of Moffat, Danny Bhoy began stand-up in 1998, soon after completing a history degree. He said he caught the comedy bug after walking past an Edinburgh pub and hearing a commotion inside. He discovered it was an open-mic comedy night in progress, and from then he was hooked.

Within his first year, he won The Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award, and in 2000 performed as part of the Comedy Zone showcase of up-and-coming stand-up talent at the Edinburgh Fringe. The following year, he performed his first solo show at the festival, and has returned every year since, except 2007.

He has also become a regular at several international festivals. He made his debut at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in 2003 and in 2005, he was invited to both Montreal's Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and the inaugural Las Vegas Comedy Festival. He returned to the Montreal festival in 2007, where he was given the rare chance to perform a ten-night solo run, and that year he also embarked on his first major tour of Australia, with 94 dates. He now spends half the year in Australia.

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Danny cancels US shows over visa issues

Danny Bhoy has been forced to cancel two American appearances because of delays with his visa.

The Scottish stand-up was sure to perform in Denver on Thursday and at the Aspen Laff Festival in Colorado on Friday, but did not secure the right documentation in time.

American authorities have been getting tougher on visas and the Aspen festival, staged at the Wheeler Opera House, also had to cancel an appearance by Canadian Jen Grant because of the same issue.

‘Visa issues have plagued us a bit this festival,’ said the venue’s director, Gram Slaton. He also suggested that the problems might affect who they book in future, saying the mess will ‘certainly inform us going into international pursuits in the future’.

The US State Department advises performers to apply at least 90 days before they need to use their visa, but the process can reportedly take up to six months, Applicants can pay an extra $1,225 for a ‘premium processing service’.

Bhoy wrote that the show was cancelled ‘due to major delays in processing my work visa — for the purposes of which, I continue to be known as “alien”.’

He will be touring Canada in March; while his place at the Aspen festival has been taken by Orny Adams, best known for his appearance on the Jerry Seinfeld documentary film Comedian.

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Published: 18 Feb 2014

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Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2001

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Edinburgh Fringe 2003

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Edinburgh Fringe 2004

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Edinburgh Fringe 2005

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Edinburgh Fringe 2006

Danny Bhoy

Edinburgh Fringe 2008

Danny Bhoy: By The Way

Edinburgh Fringe 2010

Danny Bhoy: By Royal Disappointment

Edinburgh Fringe 2012

Danny Bhoy: Dear Epson

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

Danny Bhoy: 12 Nights, 12 Charities

Montreal 2009

Britcom gala 2009


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