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In August 2008, aged 17, Daniel became one of the youngest-ever finalists in the UK’s premiere comedy competition So You Think You’re Funny?. In 2009, his first solo show, Teenage Kicks, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe, and, having sold out that entire run, transferred to London, where he made his debut at the prestigious Soho Theatre, becoming the youngest stand-up to perform solo both at the theatre and in the West End. That September, still just 18, he also made his national television debut as the first stand-up to perform on Channel 4’s Paul O’Grady Show.
In 2010, his new solo Fringe show My Generation was a smash-hit, completely selling out every performance. His 2011 follow-on, The Joker, sold an astonishing 10,000 tickets, subsequently touring for 50 dates across the UK in a tour produced by Live Nation, after they took him on as their youngest solo comedy client. In 2011, he was also hailed as the Best New Comedian at the Scottish Variety Awards.
In March 2012, he recorded his debut live stand-up DVD, Daniel Sloss—Live!, (at Glasgow’s Kings Theatre) which was released on BBC WW’s 2Entertain in the autumn. That same year his new Fringe show The Show saw him move to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) and was a sold out smash-hit, remarkably playing to over 10,000 people.
Similarly, 2013’s Stand-Up repeated the success, with each of the shows going on autumn UK tours of over 50 dates. In December of that year, after being spotted at the Edinburgh fringe, Daniel made the first of many appearances on US TV late night TV show Conan.
His 2014 show Really…?! had its world premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe, again performing an extended run at the Edinburgh International Conference centre due to demand. Daniel subsequently embarked on a major European autumn tour, performing 20 shows across 15 countries as well as UK theatre dates including two shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Elgar Room. He ended the year filming the Internet sitcom M.U.F.F which he co-created, co-produced and also starred in.
2014 also saw Daniel offered a talent deal with Conan O’Brien’s production company, Conaco, to develop his own pilot for Warner Brothers Studios. Returning to LA in September, Daniel appeared on Comedy Central’s @midnight, CBS network’s The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and back in the UK on ITV’s Sunday Night at the Palladium.
2015 began with a return to the Altitude Festival, and saw Daniel working extensively in LA for pilot season. In August his new solo hour DARK was hailed by audiences and press alike for its masterful handling of more challenging subject matter and again sold over 10,000 tickets at his eighth season at the Edinburgh Fringe—the fifth consecutive year Daniel achieved this feat. He then embarked on his biggest autumn tour to date, performing DARK for over 80+ dates across the UK, throughout 16 countries in Europe.
In January 2016, Daniel extended DARK to a 90-minute version, which ran in London for a week before transferring to the USA. He appeared on Conan for a fifth time and performed DARK in LA at the Westside Comedy Theater for two nights, made his solo debut in New York with a week-long season of the show in the Soho Playhouse, attracting great acclaim and being featured on the front page of the New York Times‘ Arts section.
DARK then travelled to Australia and New Zealand, where Daniel performed smash-hit seasons in Sydney (winning the 2016 Sydney Comedy Festival Best of the Fest Award [International]), Perth, Auckland and made his debut at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with a packed four-week season, adding extra performance due to demand. He was featured on a number of TV showcases including the MICF Oxfam Gala, NZ Comedy Fest’s BEST BITS gala and on Sydney Comedy Festival’s Cracker Night.
After a brief trip to the US for seasons in San Francisco and Madison, he returned to the UK, where he appeared at both the Glastonbury and the Latitude Festivals, before heading back to Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival for some TV tapings and to perform DARK, prior to the premiere of his new solo show Daniel Sloss—So? at the EICC in the Edinburgh Fringe. The show was a huge hit, exceeding previous audience figures and to press acclaim.
Daniel Sloss—So? will extensively tour throughout the UK and Europe in 2016, culminating in a week’s season at the Soho Theatre, before touring Australia and the USA in 2017.
Daniel is also a regular at major British and international clubs including the UK’s Comedy Store, The Stand and the Glee Clubs, Sydney Comedy Store, the LA Improv and other festivals including Glastonbury, Latitude, Altitude, Bestival, Leeds, Reading, British Summer Time at Hyde Park and San Francisco’s Sketchfest as well as Altitude (the all-star comedy & snowboarding festival in the Austrian alps).
In December 2013, after Daniel delivered his blistering USA television debut set on Conan, he was immediately booked to return to the show exactly two months later, in February 2014. This in turn led to another invite to come back on in June—three appearances in just over six months, the first stand-up to achieve this. He has subsequently guested again on Conan, currently totalling six appearances, and has been on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Pete Holmes Show and @midnight.
Dark and mocking humour with a sting… a welcome hour of deliciously dark stand-up
✶✶✶✶ Mail On Sunday
Charming, self-deprecating and genuinely funny– Time Out, London
Brilliantly dark– Sunday Times, UK
Dirty, sweet and clever– New York Times
Nothing short of hysterical… Stunning– Sunday Express, UK
Sloss is a festival highlight. See him✶✶✶✶½ The Age, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Australia
An endearingly unabashed blend of arrogance, awkwardness and self-effacing anecdotes delivered with precision timing, perfectly-placed silence and (the) unfettered confidence… Nothing is off limits… Sloss skilfully weaves sensitive subject matter into a hilarious tapestry of politically incorrect and sexually inappropriate zingers… his humour intelligently and ironically calling out the hypocrisy of human nature.
✶✶✶✶ Herald Sun, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Australia
Irreverent wit and devastating… an intelligent, razor sharp performer who looks like Macaulay Culkin on speed and readily goes where other comedians fear to tread
– Adelaide Advertiser, Australia
Dazzling wit– Telegraph, UK
Sloss is on red-hot form this year… not only do the jokes pour out, he slyly and unexpectedly introduces serious ideas into the debate… A stand-up veteran at 24, his handling of provocative topics is maturing fast so that, even as circumstances pile up in his sex stories and the laughter rises to hysteria, he’s totally in control of the shifts in tone
– Sunday Herald, UK
Meteoric… Has them rolling in the aisles… Sloss is blessed with a sharp mind and a potent stage persona.
✶✶✶✶ The Scotsman
A genuine twinkle in his eye and a sharp line in observational humour… Sloss demonstrated a genuine affection for the crowd… The humour is funny, intelligent and charming. As is Sloss.
✶✶✶✶ Edinburgh Evening News
Unstoppable… The road to playing a venue like a conference centre for a full month should take comedians at least half a career to achieve. The Fifer Viking [Daniel Sloss] has got there in about half an hour. And he’s even stuck on some extra shows for his drooling masses.
– The List
Makes Inglorious Bastards seem like Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
– Bruce Dessau on Daniel’s six-part Internet sitcom M.U.F.F.
He has a confidence and talent that’s shocking for a 19-year-old
– Michael Mcintyre, Radio Times, September 2010
✶ Winner 2016 Sydney Comedy Festival Best of the Fest Award [International]
✶ Winner 2011 Scottish Variety Awards Best New Scottish Comedian
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Daniel Sloss—Edinburgh 2017