Danny Bhoy: 12 Nights, 12 Charities
  • By Tom King
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  • 7th Aug 2014
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  • ★★★★★

There’s a particular pleasure in seeing someone do their job incredibly well. Edinburgh is certainly a place to pick up fledgling talent but sometimes it’s nice to watch someone who’s already been through it, learned the important lessons and is just damn good.

That Bhoy can spend ten minutes talking about canapé etiquette and have these be ten of the funniest minutes of comedy I’ve seen this year is a testament to his stand-up skills.

Danny Bhoy is everything a stand-up should be – charming, charismatic, gently misanthropic and, above all, fiercely insightful. Perfectly at home holding a huge venue in the palm of his hand, he chats deftly and calmly about subjects from tedious blue musicians to pigeons. The shining moments of the night, however, are the ones that bring into focus things that everyone recognises but have never consciously considered. That Bhoy can spend ten minutes talking about canapé etiquette and have these be ten of the funniest minutes of comedy I’ve seen this year is a testament to his stand-up skills. Likewise his accounts of such simple events as getting a haircut or going for a fancy meal are genuinely laugh-out-loud funny in that infuriatingly you-have-to-be-there way. And his bashful awkwardness while telling us about a disastrous encounter with a German toymaker had me giggling for hours after the show had finished.

Played out on a bare black stage with only four blue uplighters to add colour, ’12 Nights, 12 Charities’ shows that good comedy doesn't need gimmicks, set-pieces or a convoluted setup – it just needs the right mind behind it. A brilliant night for an excellent cause.

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Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £600,000 to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
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A brand new show from top Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy. All profits from each show will go to locally-based charities working mainly with disadvantaged children and young adults. More details at www.dannybhoy.com. Early booking recommended! 'His routines have the mark of those that are quoted from, for years to come' (Herald). ‘One of the most sparkling wits in the world’ (Montreal Gazette).

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