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Live Comedy - Dhanny Bhoy - 2007 Just For Laughs Montreal International Comedy Festival

Dhanny Bhoy - 2007 Just For Laughs Montreal International Comedy Festival
Dhanny Boy
2007 Just For Laughs Comedy Festival
Richard Jeni One-Man Show Series
Theatre du Gesu, Bleury Street
July 16- 18 and 22 7:00 July 19-21 7:00 and 9:30

Dhanny Boy is a mazing. I have never seen anyone quite like this Scottish stand-up comic story teller and am quite glad I bought this ticket blindly. I also wish I had bought tickets to another show as I would love to know how much of this stand-up comedy show really is off the top of Danny Bhoy's head. You know there have to be signposts here and there in this comic maze but the stand-up really gives the impression a lot of what he says in his hour and a half (or so) show just sort of came to him. It is no surprise this is a hot ticket at the 2007 Just For Laughs Montreal International Comedy Festival and part of the Richard Jeni One-Man Show section of the comedy fest.

The premise of the show is the Danny Bhoy being on a flight from England to somewhere and this somehow ends up encompassing the adventures of Noah in Scotland, the last supper and a really funny reference to meatballs I will definitely steal -though, as I am sure to be told, not successfully-- the choice of the thistle as Scotland's national flower, playing scrabble, Christmas songs, a few side trips through various European countries, and just about anything else you can think of including Star Wars and French lovers. Of course, Danny Bhoy being a Scot there are a few references to drinking and the reputation the Scot have of never parting with a penny gladly.

What impressed most about Danny Bhoy was his ability to seamlessly toss in a few call backs here and there while still giving the impression a lot of this material is being improvised. I was also rather impressed by the very original and surprising way he opens the show. He is Scottish so it involves bagpipes, but you have to see it for yourself and I am not going to spoil that really cool bit by revealing anything. Nary a mention of haggis though.

Both Denis and I laughed til it hurt and not only because I have a sore back and he has a broken collarbone. Danny Bhoy is a ticket a Scot would not regret parting with some money for at all.

Richard Lanoie



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