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11 September 1990 |
Kingston upon Thames, London, England
Daniel Sloss (born 11 September 1990) is a Scottish comedian, actor and writer, notable for having become established as a professional live and television performer whilst still in his teens. He was the first stand-up comedian to perform on Channel 4's Paul O'Grady Show (2009), the youngest comedian to perform a solo season in London's West End and in 2010, aged 19, was commissioned by the BBC for the sitcom pilot The Adventures of Daniel.
Sloss was born in Kingston upon Thames and moved with his family to Fife in Scotland at the age of four. He attended East Wemyss and then secondary school at Waid Academy in Anstruther. He was offered a place at the University of Dundee to study history but decided to take a gap year to see if he could make comedy work as his full-time career. He rejected the offer at the beginning of the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe.
Sloss performed his first live comedy "open spot" at The Laughing Horse in Edinburgh, August 2007, after completing their two day stand-up comedy course. His set was five minutes long.
His first Edinburgh Festival Fringe was in August 2008 where he shared a 30 minute show with fellow comic Davey See. Life in 2D ran for 10 days in the Espionage venue as part of the Free Fringe. That same Fringe, aged 17, Sloss became one of the youngest-ever finalists in the UK's premier So You Think You're Funny? comedy competition, the final of which is hosted by the Gilded Balloon venue during the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2009, he sold out his debut full length Edinburgh Festival Fringe season Daniel Sloss – Teenage Kicks and in October took this show to London to the Soho Theatre to become the youngest comedian to perform a solo season in the venue as well as in London's West End.
In April 2010 Sloss made his Australian debut, appearing on Australia's top-rating TV panel show Good News Week, and performing a series of club shows as well as premiering his solo show as part of the Sydney Comedy Festival.
In August 2010, Sloss's second solo show Daniel Sloss – My Generation sold out the entire run at The Pleasance venue at Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The show later transferred to London for a season at the Soho Theatre in September and then, due to demand, it returned to London during the tour playing at the Bloomsbury Theatre in November. This show became his first ever headline live tour and went on to tour Scotland throughout the autumn of 2010 and into January 2011., with support from Davey See, Chris Forbes and Kai Humphries.
On 6 March 2011, he performed his first set at the Hammersmith Apollo alongside comedian Dara Ó Briain to support wildlife charity Our Disappearing Planet. Also in March 2011, Sloss made a sell-out return to the Sydney Comedy Festival and then embarked on a tour across South East Asia with fellow comic Craig Hill.
In August 2011, Sloss premiered his new show Daniel Sloss - The Joker at the Edinburgh Fringe, becoming one of the biggest ticket sellers across the fringe selling out every seat to every show for his nearly 4 week run in the flagship new 400 seat Assembly Theatre venue, still aged just 20. This was followed by a Live Nation-produced 50 date national tour (supported by Kai Humphries) in the autumn.
Recording the DVD freed Sloss to present a completely new hour-long show Daniel Sloss - The Show at the Edinburgh Fringe in a 30 show season to packed houses at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. In August he recorded a set for the BBC’s Comedy Marathon Edinburgh Fringe showcase and in September was part of Channel 4’s Comedy World Cup panel show hosted by David Tennant, before travelling to LA to tape smash-hit stand-up improvised show Set List for Sky Atlantic as well as perform some live club sets at some of LA's most prestigious clubs including the Improv. That same month he also featured on comic book maestro Mark Millar’s final GFT Geekfest, performed on BBC Three’s Russell Howard's Good News and gave a TEDx talk, recorded in Ealing. He then went on to perform an extensive UK tour of Daniel Sloss - The Show, with more than 50 dates and again supported by Kai Humphries and produced by Live Nation.
2013 kicked off with sell-out tours of Norway and Sweden as well as performances at the Altitude Comedy Festival in the in Austrian alps alongside John Bishop and Eddie Izzard, from which Daniel was featured in ITV2s documentary about the event. He returned to Australia for seasons at the Sydney International Comedy Festival and Perth International Comedy Festival.
In August 2013 he launched his new show Daniel Sloss - Stand-Up at the Edinburgh fringe, again with an extended season at the Edinburgh Conference Centre and again followed by a substantial autumn tour throughout the UK. He subsequently performed this show at 2014's Sydney International Comedy Festival and Perth International Comedy Festival.
In August 2014 he premieres his new show Daniel Sloss - Really...?! at the Edinburgh fringe, again at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre and to be followed by a substantial European tour in the autumn as well as UK dates.
Aged 16 and 17 he also wrote material for comedian Frankie Boyle for two series of BBC's Mock the Week. He was the first stand-up comedian to perform on Channel 4's Paul O'Grady Show (2009) and was commissioned by the BBC in April 2010 to pilot his own sitcom, The Adventures of Daniel, which transmitted on 23 August 2010, substantially out-rating the other two comedy pilots in the series of three. He featured on series 2 of BBC1's Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow on 18 September 2010, and two weeks later on the first series of BBC2's The Rob Brydon Show alongside Stephen Fry as well as on Channel 4's 8 out of 10 Cats. In January 2011 he performed on ITV1's Jason Manford's Comedy Rocks and in March 2011 was part of the BBC's Comic Relief marathon online broadcast with David Walliams called 24 Hour Panel People, as a panellist on Mock the Week and he featured on the BBC's Stand Up for Sport Relief performing a set as well as coaching heavy weight boxing champion Tyson Fury for the latter's stand-up comedy debut. He also made a standup performance during episode 3 of the seventh series of Russell Howard's Good News, the extended appearance of this set airing on 12 October 2012. In September 2012, he recorded a TEDx Talk in Ealing and was flown to LA to record Set List for Sky Atlantic alongside an all-star lineup of US and international comedy alumni. In April 2013, Sloss was featured in ITV2's coverage of the Altitude Comedy Festival, held in the Austrian town of Mayrhofen just a few weeks earlier.
Sloss lives with fellow comedian Kai Humphries in Edinburgh. He has studied acting since he was eight years old, ran his own monthly LOL comedy club at the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy for a year when he was 18 and his hobbies include playing computer games, watching Robot Wars (in which he appeared as a member of the Bot Out Of Hell team in 2002), comedy films and playing football. He is a supporter of Chelsea F.C..
- Robot Wars, BBC Choice/BBC Two, 2002
- Celebrities Under Pressure, ITV1
- Paul O'Grady Show, Channel 4, September 2009
- Most Annoying People of 2009 (Contributor), BBC Three, October 2009
- Good News Week, Network Ten Australia, April 2010
- Cracker Night, Channel Nine Australia, April 2010
- The Adventures of Daniel, BBC Three, August 2010
- Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, BBC One, September 2010
- The Rob Brydon Show BBC Two, October 2010
- 8 out of 10 Cats, Channel 4, October 2010
- The Most Annoying People of 2010, BBC Three
- Jason Manford's Comedy Rocks, ITV1, January 2011
- Comic Relief's 24 Hour Panel People, Mock the Week, BBC Three/BBC Online, March 2011
- Comic Relief's Stand Up for Sport Relief, BBC Three/BBC Online, 2011
- 8 out of 10 Cats, Channel 4, August 2011
- Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask, Dave, February 2012
- BBC Edinburgh Comedy Marathon, BBC Scotland, August 2012
- TEDx Ealing, TEDxTalks, September 2012
- Russell Howard's Good News Extra, BBC Three, October 2012
- Funny as Hell, BBC America, October 2012
- Comedy World Cup, Channel 4, October 2012
- Soccer AM, Sky Sports, October 2012
- Cracker Night, Channel Nine Australia, April 2013
- Altitude Comedy Festival, ITV2, April 2013
- Set List, Sky Atlantic, April 2013
- Pete Holmes Show, TBS, June 2014
Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows
- 2008 Life in 2D
- 2009 Daniel Sloss – Teenage Kicks
- 2010 Daniel Sloss – My Generation
- 2011 Daniel Sloss – The Joker
- 2012 Daniel Sloss – The Show
- 2013 Daniel Sloss – Stand-Up
- 2014 Daniel Sloss – Really...?!
London seasons and touring solo shows
- 2009 Daniel Sloss – Teenage Kicks, Soho Theatre
- 2010 Daniel Sloss – My Generation, Soho Theatre and Bloomsbury Theatre; touring
- 2011 Daniel Sloss – My Generation, touring
- 2011-2012 Daniel Sloss – The Joker, touring (supported by Kai Humphries)
- 2012-2013 Daniel Sloss – The Show, touring (supported by Kai Humphries)
- 2013-2014 Daniel Sloss – Stand Up, touring (supported by Kai Humphries and others)
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- Scots star Daniel Sloss on how sadness from loss of sister led to career in comedy Daily Record, 21 January 2012
- White, Gregor (5 May 2010). "Number One star Tinchy Stryder heads for Stirling". Stirling Observer.
- "BBC Three embarks on new sitcom pilot – The Adventures Of Daniel". BBC Press Office. 12 May 2010.
- "LIFE IN 2D". Free Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
- "Daniel Sloss: The Show". Derby Theatre. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
- Sydney Comedy Festival[dead link]
- "Dara O'Brian holds charity gig for Tropical Zoo". Hounslow Chronicle (Trinity Mirror). 23 February 2011.
- "Daniel Sloss Tour Dates & Tickets". Ents24.com. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
- "Let's get started". Edinburgh Festival Magazine (2009). Retrieved 28 August 2010.
- "BBC Three - Comedy At The Fringe - Daniel Sloss". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
- "Daniel Sloss Live On Comedy Rocks w/ Jason Manford". YouTube. 2011-01-22. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
- "Life in 2D". Chortle. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
- "Daniel Sloss – Teenage Kicks". Scotsman.com. Johnston Press Digital Publishing. 13 August 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
- "My Generation". Edinburgh Festival Guide. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
- "The Joker". Ed Fringe. Retrieved 15 August 2011.[dead link]
- Daniel Sloss Official website