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Daniel Sloss by Gavin Evans

Daniel Sloss by Gavin Evans

Internationally acclaimed and award-winning Scottish comedian, Daniel Sloss started writing and performing stand-up aged only 16 and has since appeared on UK television shows including Sunday Night at the Palladium, The John Bishop Show, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, 8 Out of 10 Cats, The Rob Brydon Show, Comic Relief’s Mock The Week, The Paul O’Grady Show (Daniel’s TV debut aged 18), BBC’s Stand Up For Sport Relief, Set List, Russell Howard’s Good News, as well as starring in his own BBC show, The Adventures Of Daniel (aged 19). He gave a prestigious TEDx talk when he was 21, wrote and starred in a six-part internet sitcom M.U.F.F. and his international television credits include Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Oxfam galas, Sydney Comedy Festival Cracker Night galas, America’s The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, @Midnight as well as a record breaking number of appearances on Conan.

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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, as well as guesting on cult TV favourite The Pete Holmes Show.

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 and 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 kickstarted with Daniel’s return to the Altitude Festival, and working in LA for the 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 8th season at the Edinburgh fringe—the 5th 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 for its season in London at the Soho Theatre before transferring to the USA. He appeared on Conan for a 5th time, performed a run of DARK in LA at the Westside Comedy Theater, and made his solo debut in New York with a season of DARK off-Broadway in the Soho Playhouse, to great acclaim, even being featured on the front page of the New York Times Arts section.

DARK then travelled to Australia and New Zealand for several smash-hit seasons in Sydney (winning the 2016 Sydney Comedy Festival Best of the Fest Award [International]), Perth, Auckland, and, for Daniel’s debut at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. This fou-week season of DARK played to packed houses, with extra shows added due to demand. He featured on a number of TV galas, 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, and making a record-breaking 6th appearance on Conan, Daniel returned to the UK in order to appear at the Glastonbury and Latitude Festivals, before returning to Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival for TV galas and to perform a season of DARK prior to the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, where he unveiled his next new solo show Daniel Sloss—So?.

The August 2016 premiere of Daniel Sloss—So? at the EICC became a huge hit, exceeding previous audience figures and receiving universal press acclaim. Daniel toured So? toured extensively (over 120 dates) throughout the UK and Europe in the autumn of 2016, finishing up with a week-long pre-Christmas season at London’s Soho Theatre.

January 2017 saw Daniel make his 7th appearance on Conan in January 2017, followed by a second off-Broadway season at the Soho Playhouse with Daniel Sloss—So?, as well as a week of late-night sets at the Comedy Cellar and Gotham comedy clubs, appearing alongside stand-up alumni including Kevin Hart. He then headed to Australia and New Zealand for a three-month tour which saw his sold-out festival seasons and TV appearances receiving rave reviews, and culminated in Daniel Sloss—So? being filmed before a packed house at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre.

Returning to the UK, he featured on Comedy Central’s Drunk History re-telling the story of William Wallace (hilariously portrayed by Keith Allen), Dave Channel’s competitive gaming show, Dara O’Briain’s Go 8 Bit. He performed at Glastonbury, both the Reading and Leeds Festivals and premiered his new show, Daniel Sloss—Now, at 2017’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe (again at the EICC), making his tenth appearance at the world’s biggest arts festival.

His hilariously no-holds-barred performance on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle, pitted against comedian Desiree Birch, became the most watched episode of the show’s inaugural season. This was followed by the 2017 autumn tour of Daniel Sloss—NOW—his biggest to date, with over 150 shows spanning throughout the UK and across 25 European countries, followed by three months touring America, as well as all around Australia. He also made his solo debut at the New York Comedy Festival with an epic performance of NOW.

In February 2018, Daniel taped DARK in Los Angeles at the Belasco Theater. Part of a two-specials deal with Netflix, it was announced in May that DARK, along with sequel show So? (now retitled Jigsaw) will stream worldwide on the platform in the summer of 2018.

2018 also saw Daniel performing his eighth set on Conan and opening for Dave Chappelle’s two shows in San Francisco, as well as performing at that city’s Sketchfest Comedy Festival, touring NOW to Cleveland, Madison, Denver and more. He returned to New York for a second season of DARK in NYC, off-Broadway at the Soho Playhouse.

August 2018 sees Daniel premiere his 10th solo show, Daniel Sloss: X, during his 11th season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The subsequent tour will again cover 25 European countries and ends with a new season in London’s West End.

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, New York’s Comedy Cellars and Gotham Comedy Club and other festivals, including Glastonbury, San Francisco’s Sketchfest, as well as Altitude (the all-star comedy-and-snowboarding festival in the Austrian Alps).

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Simply world class… hilarious… 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, Australia

Dirty, sweet and clever
– New York Times

Dark and mocking humour with a sting… a welcome hour of deliciously dark stand-up
✶✶✶✶ Mail On Sunday

Hilarious…There is something effortlessly charming about Daniel Sloss… Devastatingly intelligent… he makes you think about yourself and your relationships, and then side-swipes you with a brilliant gag. While you will come away thinking about your life choices, you will also come away with sore ribs from laughing… Sloss is a festival highlight. See him.
✶✶✶✶✶ The Age, Australia

Charming, self-deprecating and genuinely funny
– Time Out, London

Brilliant… a master craftsman… Sloss works best by creating moments of near unbearable tension and then puncturing them with a welcome but unexpectedly sharp barb. To be this good at 27 is a rare thing, and if Sloss can continue to evolve his material in intriguing and novel ways, he could become one of the greats.
✶✶✶✶ Time Out, Australia

Brilliantly dark
– Sunday Times, UK

Nothing short of hysterical… Stunning
– Sunday Express, UK

Dazzling wit
– Telegraph, UK

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

Stunningly poignant… finely honed skill… deeply dark comedic style… more than a little bit evil… Sloss proves you don’t need a university education to know how to do your research and construct an intelligent argument. In fact, he is brilliantly skilled at doing just that and making it achingly funny at the same time.
✶✶✶✶½ Theatre People

Daniel Sloss is a born comedian… he’s a master at rewinding to the original thread without missing a beat… remarkable… rapid-fire delivery… It’s incredible to watch
✶✶✶✶½ The West Australian

Dark AF stand-up; snowflakes beware, this is no safe space…comedy provocateur… Sloss is clever, studious and even philosophical
✶✶✶✶✶ TheMusic.com.au

I’ve never seen a comedian I’ve wanted to kiss and punch in equal measures. The handsome young Scotsman revels in the nihilistic and politically incorrect—here’s one who eats outrage for breakfast… Sloss was hailed as one of the highlights of last year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival, and it’s easy to see why. Provocative, punchy and smirking with black humour, Sloss rails against a slew of hefty topics: religion, disability, death, politics, and reserves a particularly fervent hatred for vegans. He is astute in so many ways: his cynical self-awareness of his middle class white man status, his description of the dogged tunnel vision of the easily offended, and his bemusement at his fellow left-wingers for their apathy and in-fighting… Brilliant
– Australian Stage, UK

It’s a testament to Sloss’ skill that the audience follow him through each set up, across the expertly wound tension and into the cutting punchlines… He has tight, near-perfect control of his pacing and delivery, knowing how to read reactions and pop the pressure at the last possible second. The observational aspects of the show provide an excellent foil to the narrative beats Sloss hits… Now is 70 minutes of traditional stand up brought near the peak of its form. Intelligent and incisive, Sloss’ stand up leaves the audience wondering about their own relationship to logic and emotion. His talent comes in being able to combine the two into genuinely hilarious comedy.
– Popculture-y.com

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, Bloomsbury Theatre, 2012 ©Jill Furmanovsky

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