Danny Bhoy has been telling jokes for 20 years – but it’s only now that he’s playing his Trump card.
The Scots funnyman is heading to the Whitehall Theatre as part of his new tour, in which he casts his eye over all things political, but mostly presidential.
US president Donald Trump is a central focus of Bhoy’s political ponderings in Make Something Great Again for Stronger Better Future Tomorrow Together.
Although he believes politics can sometimes deflate an audience, Bhoy said he had been pleasantly surprised by the reaction.
He told the Tele: “This show is my first foray into political material — it’s always been more general stuff but it would be remiss of me not to include Trump. He features in the show, as do all the major political figures.
“I think there are times when a lot of comedians will not talk about him but I actually find it quite cathartic and I like to think I have a pretty unique take on the whole thing.
“Sometimes you can feel the air come out of the room when you talk about Trump, Brexit or politics, but at no point am I out there preaching to people. I try not to give anything away but the reaction I’ve had from people is that it wasn’t what they were expecting.”
Born Danny Chaudhry in Moffat, Bhoy first graced the stage in 1998 after seeing his first show at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Since then, the 43-year-old has become one of the most popular faces on comedy circuits across the world from the UK to the US and Sweden to New Zealand.
Australia is where Bhoy has found his greatest success, with stints at Sydney Opera House and solo shows at the Melbourne Comedy Festival.
Visits to Dundee have been infrequent in the last two decades but Bhoy said he can’t wait to step out under the bright lights at the Whitehall.
He added: “It’s a funny one with Scotland, because there are not that many places left to go so I’m off to the bright lights of Dundee and Aberdeen and places like that.
“One of the main memories of Dundee that stands out for me was being in the city when I was looking round the universities in 1994 to try to do some waster degree.
“I genuinely don’t think I’ve done a show there for quite a while so I’m really looking forward to coming up.
“I’m trying to get the word out that I’m actually from Scotland — a lot of people seem to think I’m Australian because I’ve spent a bit of time out there.
“The Aussies are a great crowd. They’re always up for it and it’s probably where I’ve had my most success because of the big festivals.
“I’ve played the Sydney Opera House and when I come back it’s the smaller venues but I love it. I can understand the heckles better anyway.
“It’s still amazing for me to just be out there performing and I treat every gig the same.
“I’ve worked very hard at this show, more than I’ve ever done, so hopefully people enjoy it.”
- Danny Bhoy will perform at the Whitehall Theatre on Tuesday at 7.30pm.