When he’s not treading the boards in the theater, Jefferson Bond shares sides Citizen Comedy Club in Valkendorfsgade – over the past few years, the Belfast-born comedian and actor has become a mainstay on Copenhagen’s stand-up scene. We caught up with him at My Lovely CPH to get his take on living here.
I first came to Denmark … in 2016 because I was offered a part in a show in Tivoli called ‘Crazy Christmas cabaret‘ as Robin Hood. I was in it for six years but I stopped last year because I wanted to do my own thing.
If you asked me if it was love at first sight… I would say yes. I understand that many foreigners, like myself, struggle in Copenhagen, but I think the sensibility here is very similar to the UK or Ireland. I kind of fell in love with the place right away.
My favorite thing about living in Copenhagen is… everything just works, man. In London, and especially in the north of England, trains are delayed or there are roadworks and the like. The infrastructure here – it just works. Don’t get me wrong: there are problems, but nothing can really be perfect.
My favorite observation about the Danes is… they try to plan absolutely everything. I don’t think there is a Danish word for spontaneity. When you just want to do something, people say, “How about week 59?” – and I don’t even know when it is. I didn’t know weeks were planned as military operations. Another thing is how cultured the Danes are. Compared to the UK they seem really well educated.
On a scale of integration from 1 to 10, I would say that I am… an 8. My partner would say about a seven because there are certain things that come up every now and then. As if we’ve all had the Annual Report recently, haven’t we? And you try to make sense of it. And it’s like you need an advanced education in both finance and hieroglyphs, with questions like, did you pay your unicycle taxes?
I can tell… good Danish. I was on the train a month and a half ago. It was about two in the morning and I was going home on the subway from a concert. And four guys came in quite drunk. Suddenly it dawned on me that I could understand everything they were saying and I thought: “My God, if you can understand drunken Danes, you’ve reached the pinnacle of your fluency”. I really patted myself on the back. And then one of them said, “I’ve got to pick up the little bairn tomorrow,” and I realized they were just Scottish.
Most of my friends are… primarily Danish.
The best way to make Danish friends is… well, that’s a good question. I see this asked a lot by the expats in the groups online. I remember a guy who wrote: “Why is it so hard to make Danish friends. I’m a nice guy. I’M A FANTASTIC GUY.” I think sometimes people get in their own way a little bit.
If I could choose three places to eat and drink, I would go for… Shooters, which is such a great little burger place. There is tap house , if you want to drink something other than just Tuborg or Carlsberg. And so it is finally, at the top of my list Mexico. They have this deal: for around 400 kroner you can get unlimited tacos and margarita cocktails, and the quality is just incredible.
The best place to visit on a budget is… not Copenhagen. It’s not really the best place if you’re on a budget.
The three words that I think best describe Copenhagen are… culture, security and liveliness.
Jefferson is currently working on his first one-man stand-up show on the themes of Denmark and turns 30 (which he does on Friday). He is also performing in Shakespeare in the Park again this summer.
Source: The Nordic Page