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Simonsen began performing in 2004 in his native country of Norway and moved to London to progress his career in comedy. He has performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe since 2009 but 2012 was undoubtedly his most successful year to date. As well as his Newcomer Award, his show "Champions" received rave reviews, he supported Simon Amstell on his UK tour in 2012 and 2015 and appeared on Russell Howard's Good News in 2012.
- BBC "Norwegian stand-up picks up award" 22 August 2012
- Fest Mag "Daniel Simonsen 'Champions' review" 10 August 2012
- Comedy.co.uk "Fringe Review 2012, Daniel Simonsen" 2012.
- The Guardian "Can Simon Amstell's support act help him with Twitter?" 16 March 2012
- Chortle "Chortle Page Daniel Simonsen'