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COMIC Danny Bhoy is glad he isn’t a carpenter but reckons he might take up farming fairly soon.

COMIC Danny Bhoy is glad he isn’t a carpenter but reckons he might take up farming fairly soon.

The funnyman was telling us about his career choices last week, as he got ready to start his latest tour - visiting venues around the UK.

“I grew up in a small, slightly dull Scottish village, so I suppose comedy was about survival,” he laughs.

“In retrospect I suppose there was a sense of I’ve just got to get out of here. It was rather like Alcatraz.”

A self-confessed class clown, he said his big inspiration growing up was fellow Scot Billy Connolly.

“In a school report my woodwork teacher said ‘Danny has to realise he can’t be a comedian all his life’. And then he want on to say ‘if he applied himself he could have a promising future as a carpenter’.

“Look, the world’s always going to need furniture, but I don’t think I would have had a particularly brilliant career.”

After leaving university Danny decided he wanted to become a comedian.

“I remember my first gig went well, but I was so nervous – I just stood there with my hands in my pockets, staring at the back wall.

“There was five minutes of fairly deadpan material and then I walked off, but the audience seemed to enjoy it.”

A veteran of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, he compares gigs to going on a date or visiting the pub with your friends - maybe a mix of the two.

“You want to have a good time yourself, but at the same time you’re looking to impress someone.”

And having already toured Australia and New Zealand this year, the comedian’s looking forward to a well-earned rest.

“After the UK leg, I’m thinking of getting a farm somewhere, maybe a few ducks. I just need a bit of a break!”

Danny was at Birmingham Symphony Hall last night, for the rest of his tour dates visit www.dannybhoy.com.

 

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