Daniel Radcliffe can do drama: We all know him as the embodiment of Harry Potter, and he’s performed in “Equus.” Radcliffe can do song-and-dance: He’s currently starring in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” on Broadway.
He’s done comedy, too: His appearance (as himself) on “Extras” was one of the highlights of that very funny show’s run. But can Daniel Radcliffe do stand-up comedy?
Well, let’s just say his act needs a little polish. “Danny” Radcliffe made his stand-up debut on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” Monday (April 25), telling exactly one eye-roller of a joke (which he attributed to British comic Peter Kay): “How do you kill a circus? Go for the juggler.”
Radcliffe’s debut as a comedian came after Fallon noted that one of his co-stars had mentioned Radcliffe was interested in stand-up comedy. “I’ve always admired stand-ups, I love stand-up, but I’ve been completely fearful of it,” he says. “I think you have to be completely insane …”
“Thank you for calling me insane,” Fallon replies.
You can see the buildup (including off-camera groans from Radcliffe during Fallon’s introduction) and the one-joke performance below. Radcliffe may not have a future as a comic, but that’s OK. We applaud the guy for trying.