Stand Up Superstars
Friday, 8.30pm, Comedy Danny Bhoy (real name Danni Chaudhry) is a half-Indian, half-Scottish comedian. At the beginning of this stand-up performance, filmed live in Montreal, he tells us he’s fine with that. ‘‘ It means that, unlike most Scots, I don’t get sunburnt watching fireworks,’’ he says. OK, I’ll steal no more gags but believe me, Danny Bhoy has lots to spare. Unlike, say, Robin Williams or Joan Rivers, Chaudhry doesn’t rely on raw manic energy to score his touchdowns. He’s calm, even gentle, and therefore his gags pack a delicious wallop all their own. There’s a great sequence about a room in an Australian motel near Kakadu in which a gecko with personality stars. Like his American, German and Italian accents, Chaudhry’s Aussie twang as he does the hotel manager is spot on. Apparently the comedian was in Australia a month before he hit Canada. It shows. This routine alone is worth the price of admission.