Daniel Sloss

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Daniel Sloss
Birth nameDaniel Sloss
Born (1990-09-11) 11 September 1990 (age 29)
Kingston upon Thames, England
MediumStand-up, television, writer
NationalityScottish
Years active2007–present
Websitedanielsloss.com

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.[1][2]

He was the youngest comedian to perform a solo season in London's West End, at the age of 19; he tours widely internationally; signed a DVD deal with BBC Worldwide's 2Entertain label at aged 20; and has appeared on networked US television programmes including multiple appearances on Conan[3] and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.[4][5] On 11 September, 2018 Netflix released two hour-long comedy specials under the title “Daniel Sloss – Live Shows”, with "DARK" and "Jigsaw".[6][7]

Early life[edit]

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 Primary School and secondary school at Waid Academy in Anstruther. He was offered a place at the University of Dundee to study history but having decided to take a gap year to see if he could make comedy work as his full-time career, he rejected the offer after the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe.

Sloss was born the oldest of four children. His sister Josie, two years his junior, was born with cerebral palsy and died when she was 7.[8]

Comedy career[edit]

Stand up[edit]

When Sloss was sixteen, his mother met comedian Frankie Boyle and mentioned her son. Boyle offered Sloss work experience by writing a small amount of material for him in two series of BBC's Mock the Week.[9] This was his first break and he credits Boyle for his initial success.[10]

Sloss performed for the first time at The Laughing Horse in Edinburgh, August 2007, after completing a two-day stand-up comedy course. His first set was five minutes long.

His first Edinburgh Festival Fringe was in August 2008, where he shared a show with fellow comic Davey See.[11] 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.[citation needed] 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.[12]

In August 2010, Sloss's second solo show Daniel Sloss: My Generation sold out the entire run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The show later transferred to London for a season at the Soho Theatre in September before returning 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.

In August 2011, Sloss premiered his new show Daniel Sloss - The Joker at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, selling out a nearly four-week run in the new 400-seat Assembly Theatre venue, still aged just 20. This was followed by a 50-date national tour in the autumn.[13]

In 2012 he performed a 50-date UK tour of Daniel Sloss - The Show.

In August 2013 he launched his new show Daniel Sloss - Stand-Up at the Edinburgh fringe, again with an extended season at the Edinburgh International 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 his new show Daniel Sloss - Really...?! premiered at the Edinburgh fringe, again with an extended season at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, followed by a substantial European tour of 20 shows in 15 countries in the autumn as well as UK dates

In 2015, Daniel wrote and subsequently performed his 7th show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe “DARK”. “DARK” went on to tour for over 80 dates across 15 countries in Europe and throughout the UK. In January, an extended hybrid version of “DARK” ran for a week at London's Soho Theatre (rebranded “DARK REVOIR” as DARK had been performed at the London's Royal Albert Hall, Elgar Room in December as part of the UK tour. In February, Daniel transferred the 90 minute version of his solo show (renamed “DARK”) to New York for a week-long, off-Broadway run at the Soho Playhouse as well for 2 shows in Los Angeles at the Westside Comedy Theatre. The New York Times featured Daniel on the front page of its Arts section .[14]

His next solo show DANIEL SLOSS – “SO?” premiered in August 2016 in Edinburgh at the EICC and exceeded previous audience figures at 11,500 and to press acclaim.[15]

He opened for Dave Chappelle's two shows as well as starred in the "Best of Edinburgh" line-up at San Francisco's Sketchfest[16] and returned to New York for the second off-Broadway run of his award-winning show "DARK" at the Soho Playhouse.[17]

In February 2018, Daniel taped "DARK" in Los Angeles at the Belasco Theater.[18] Part of a two-specials deal with Netflix, it was announced on 17 May that DARK along with sequel show So? (now retitled Jigsaw) would stream worldwide on the platform in the summer of 2018.[6]

August 2018 saw Daniel premiere his 10th solo show, Daniel Sloss: X during his 11th season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe season. [19] The subsequent tour again covers 25 European countries, ending with a new season in London's West End.[20]

Television[edit]

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 for a broadcast sitcom pilot, The Adventures of Daniel, which transmitted on 23 August 2010.[5]

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.[21][22]

The following year, Sloss 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.[23]

In September 2012, he recorded a TEDx Talk in Ealing and performed on Set List: Stand-up Without A Net for Sky Atlantic, alongside an all-star lineup of US and international comedy alumni.[24] In October 2012, Sloss appeared in the seventh series of Russell Howard's Good News.

In December 2013 he made his USA television debut with an appearance on Conan, he has since appeared a further 8 times. In addition, Daniel signed a talent deal with Conan O'Brien's production company Conaco to develop his own shows. He also appeared on the Pete Holmes Show, @Midnight, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and back in the UK was featured on ITV's Sunday Night at the Palladium.

Along with a number of fellow comedians, including Kai Humphries and Tom Stade, he wrote, co-produced and starred in 6-part internet sitcom M.U.F.F.

Sloss also appeared in Beardyman's One Album Per Hour as part of Beardyman's 2 part YouTube series; other guest producers included Tim Minchin and Jack Black.[25]

In the first half of 2017 he featured on Comedy Central's Drunk History re-telling the story of William Wallace (portrayed by Keith Allen) as well as the Dave Channel's Dara O’Briain's Go 8 Bit. Later that autumn Sloss appeared on Comedy Central's Roast Battle with his episode's battle with USA's Desiree Burch getting the highest ratings of the series.[26]

In February 2018, Daniel taped "DARK" in Los Angeles at the Belasco Theater.[18] Part of a two-specials deal with Netflix, it was announced on 17 May that DARK along with sequel show "So?" (now retitled "Jigsaw") were both to stream worldwide on the platform in the summer of 2018.[6] Netflix released both "DARK" and "Jigsaw" worldwide on 11th, September 2018.[7][27]

In 2018 Sloss also appeared on the second season of Roast Battle winning the battle against British comedian Phil Wang.

Personal life[edit]

Sloss grew up in Fife but has lived in Edinburgh for a number of years. 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 Football Club.[28]

Television appearances[edit]

Tours[edit]

  • 2008 Life in 2D[29]
  • 2009 Daniel Sloss – Teenage Kicks[30]
  • 2010 Daniel Sloss – My Generation[31]
  • 2011 Daniel Sloss – The Joker[32]
  • 2012 Daniel Sloss – The Show (EICC Edinburgh International Conference Centre + touring)
  • 2013 Daniel Sloss – Stand-Up (EICC Edinburgh International Conference Centre + touring)
  • 2014 Daniel Sloss – Really...?! (EICC Edinburgh International Conference Centre + touring)
  • 2015 Daniel Sloss – DARK (EICC Edinburgh International Conference Centre + touring)
  • 2016 Daniel Sloss – SO? (EICC Edinburgh International Conference Centre + touring)
  • 2017 Daniel Sloss – NOW (EICC Edinburgh International Conference Centre + touring)
  • 2018 Daniel Sloss – X (EICC Edinburgh International Conference Centre + touring)

Stand-up specials[edit]

Title Released Notes
Daniel Sloss Live 12 November 2012
(2Entertain DVD)
Recorded at Glasgow's Kings Theatre
Daniel Sloss Live Shows: DARK 11 September 2018
(Netflix)
Recorded at Los Angeles's Belasco Theater
Daniel Sloss Live Shows: Jigsaw 11 September 2018
(Netflix)
Recorded at Sydney's Enmore Theatre

References[edit]

  1. ^ Donaldson, Brian (3 March 2009). "Interview: Daniel Sloss". Scotsman.com. Johnston Publishing Ltd. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Scots star Daniel Sloss on how sadness from loss of sister led to career in comedy" Daily Record, 21 January 2012
  3. ^ "Team Coco".
  4. ^ "Daniel Sloss on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson". 2 October 2014.
  5. ^ a b "BBC Three embarks on new sitcom pilot – The Adventures Of Daniel". BBC Press Office. 12 May 2010.
  6. ^ a b c Fulton, Rick (17 May 2018). "Scots comic Daniel Sloss on brink of international stardom after landing Netflix deal".
  7. ^ a b Dessau, Bruce (4 September 2018). "News: Daniel Sloss On Vegans – New Netflix Trailer". Beyond The Joke.
  8. ^ "Scots star Daniel Sloss on how sadness from loss of sister led to career in comedy". Daily Record. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Let's get started". Edinburgh Festival Magazine (2009). Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
  10. ^ "Interview: Daniel Sloss, comedian". The Scotsman. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
  11. ^ "LIFE IN 2D". Free Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  12. ^ "Daniel Sloss: The Show". Derby Theatre. Archived from the original on 2 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
  13. ^ "Daniel Sloss Tour Dates & Tickets". Ents24.com. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  14. ^ "Daniel Sloss Brings Young, Scottish and Blustery to New York". New York Times(2016). Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  15. ^ "Has Angus got revues for you! A 70's quarter revival, a young Alan Patridge and graphic anecdotes are all getting the crowds laughing at the Edinburgh Fringe". Mail on Sunday Event Magazine(2016). Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  16. ^ "Daniel Sloss". Sketchfest(2018). Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  17. ^ "Daniel Sloss: DARK". Soho Playhouse (2018). Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Daniel Sloss taping". Team Coco (2018). Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  19. ^ "Daniel Sloss: X venue show listing". Pleasance (2018). Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  20. ^ "Daniel Sloss: X". Soho Theatre (2018). Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  21. ^ "BBC Three - Comedy At The Fringe - Daniel Sloss". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  22. ^ "Daniel Sloss Live On Comedy Rocks w/ Jason Manford". YouTube. 22 January 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  23. ^ "2012 Stand up for Sport Relief". bbc.co.uk. BBC Three. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  24. ^ "Daniel Sloss". setlistshow.com/. Setlist. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  25. ^ "Daniel Sloss". beardyman.co.uk. Archived from the original on 30 January 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  26. ^ "Things Get Personal Between Desirée and Daniel". Comedy Central (2018). Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  27. ^ Dessau, Bruce (4 September 2018). "News: Dates Announced For Two Daniel Sloss Netflix Specials". Beyond The Joke.
  28. ^ "Daniel Sloss's Views on Football". Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  29. ^ "Life in 2D". Chortle. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  30. ^ "Daniel Sloss – Teenage Kicks". Scotsman.com. Johnston Press Digital Publishing. 13 August 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  31. ^ "My Generation". Edinburgh Festival Guide. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  32. ^ "The Joker". Ed Fringe. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2011.

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