The International Comedy Festival has hit Auckland and much to my surprise, Danny Bhoy will be taking part but there’s one slight problem. His first performance isn’t until the 9th and I’ll be leaving Auckland on the 8th. Where I lucked out was that he was one of the many comics taking part of the Visa Comedy Gala on opening night. So I did the only thing I could do – talked a friend out of watching the Royal Wedding so I’d have a partner in crime for the night. Getting a taste of Danny Bhoy at the Comedy Gala wasn’t enough as I would be a legend if I could get a snapshot with him at a bar (he’s Scottish so how hard could it be to find him drinking at a bar!)
I was able to convince my Canadian counterpart to come on a stalking mission with me but right from the start – it was pathetic. Neither one of us knew where he’d be so we figured the best way to plan our stalking of Danny Bhoy would be to head to a bar and talk about it over drinks. When we were at the bar, my partner in crime noticed that they had all the ingredients to make a shot called Polar Bear and decided that we had to have it. Unfortunately, the bartender told us that we had to go to the bar upstairs as they were the only ones who served shots and sent us on our way.
When we got there, going into the bar was Arj Barker and we quickly figured out that we had accidentally stumbled upon the after party that the comics were attending. Unfortunately, there was a very large bouncer (who refused to listen to a thing I said) standing between me and Danny Bhoy. I didn’t know how to get into the after party and to make matters worse, the TV screen outside of the bar was showing reruns of the Royal Wedding which meant my partner in crime had abandoned me to get a peek at the dress. We had random people (not sure who they were but they seemed to think they were important and recognizable for some reason) from the after party come and chat to us about the Royal Wedding but sadly, no sign of Danny Bhoy. The other comedians darted back and forth from the smoking room and the after party – all of them expect for Danny Bhoy. After half and hour – we decided it was time to throw in the towel on the stalking mission as getting a bar photo just wasn’t in the cards. To make matters worse, we didn’t get to have the Polar Bears either!