Daniel Sloss

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Daniel Sloss
Birth name Daniel Sloss
Born (1990-09-11) 11 September 1990 (age 26)
Kingston upon Thames, London, England
Medium Stand-up, Television, writer
Nationality Scottish
Years active 2007–present
Website danielsloss.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 aged 19 and also signed a DVD deal with BBC WW's 2Entertain label. He was also commissioned by the BBC for a broadcast sitcom pilot The Adventures of Daniel, and has appeared on US television programmes including The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and multiple appearances on Conan.[3][4][5][6]

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 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.

Comedy career[edit]

Stand up[edit]

When Sloss was fourteen, his mother Lesley 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.[7] This was his first break and he credits Boyle for his initial success.[2]

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 Edinburgh Festival Fringe was in August 2008, where he shared a 30-minute show with fellow comic Davey See.[8] 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.[9]

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 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.

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.[10] Also in March 2011, Sloss made a sell-out return to the Sydney Comedy Festival[citation needed] 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 in the autumn.[11]

Recording the DVD freed Sloss to present a completely new hour-long show Daniel Sloss - The Show at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe in a 30 show season to packed houses at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

In August 2012 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 produced by Live Nation.

2013 began with sell-out tours of Norway and Sweden as well as performances at the Altitude Comedy Festival in the 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 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 (performing 2 shows a night on weekends) 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 including 2 shows at London's Royal Albert Hall, Elgar Room. He also performed at the Altitude Comedy Festival, comedy and snowboarding in the Austrian Alps.

In 2015, Daniel wrote and subsequently performed his 7th show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe “DARK”. Along with a number of fellow comedians, including Tom Stade, he wrote, co-produced and starred in 6-part internet sitcom M.U.F.F. “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 made his 5th appearance on “Conan O’Brien” and transferred the 90 minute version of his solo show (renamed “DARK” ) to New York for a week-long run at the Soho Playhouse as well for 2 shows in Los Angeles at the Westside Comedy Theatre

After a brief trip to the US in June for runs in San Francisco and Madison, Daniel 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 TV tapings and to perform DARK.

His current show DANIEL SLOSS – “SO?” premiered in August 2016 in Edinburgh at the EICC and was his biggest hit to date, exceeding previous audience figures at 11,500 and to press acclaim. [12] An extensive autumn tour of “SO?” ran throughout UK and 16 European countries in the autumn of 2016 before transferring to London for a solo season at London's Soho Theatre and booked to play New York's Soho Playhouse in February as well touring across Australia and the USA in 2017.

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 sitcom pilot, The Adventures of Daniel, which transmitted on 23 August 2010.[4]

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. [13][14]

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.[15]

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.[16] 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, as well as making his headlining seasons at Crackers Comedy in Indianapolis and Comedy Works in Denver. He was booked to come back on exactly 2 months later, which in turn led to a third invite - 3 appearances in just over 6 months, the first stand-up ever to achieve this[citation needed]. In addition, Daniel signed a talent deal with Conan O'Brien's production company Conaco to develop his own show for a Hollywood studio.[citation needed]. 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.

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.[17]

In February 2015 he made his fourth appearance on Conan.[18] and in February and June 2016, he appeared for the fifth and sixth time on the show.

Personal life[edit]

For a number of years Sloss lived 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.[citation needed]

Television appearances[edit]

Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows[edit]

  • 2008 Life in 2D[19]
  • 2009 Daniel Sloss – Teenage Kicks[20]
  • 2010 Daniel Sloss – My Generation[21]
  • 2011 Daniel Sloss – The Joker[22]
  • 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)

London seasons and touring solo shows[edit]

  • 2009 Daniel Sloss – Teenage Kicks, London Soho Theatre
  • 2010 Daniel Sloss – My Generation, London 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 UK & Australia (UK dates supported by Kai Humphries)
  • 2013-2014 Daniel Sloss – Stand Up, touring UK & Europe (supported by Kai Humphries and others)
  • 2014 Daniel Sloss – Really...?!, touring UK & Australia (UK dates supported by Kai Humphries)
  • 2014 Daniel Sloss – Live, touring Europe (supported by Kai Humphries)
  • 2015 Daniel Sloss, solo touring USA
  • 2015 Daniel Sloss – Stand Up, solo touring Australia
  • 2015 Daniel Sloss – DARK, touring UK (supported by Kai Humphries)
  • 2015 Daniel Sloss – DARK, touring Europe (supported by Kai Humphries)
  • 2015 Daniel Sloss – DARK REVOIR, London Soho Theatre
  • 2016 Daniel Sloss – DARK, New York Comedy Playhouse, Los Angeles Westside Comedy Theater
  • 2016 Daniel Sloss – SO?, touring UK (supported by Kai Humphries)
  • 2016 Daniel Sloss – SO?, touring Europe (supported by Kai Humphries)
  • 2016 Daniel Sloss – SO?, London Soho Theatre

References[edit]

  1. ^ Donaldson, Brian (3 March 2009). "Interview: Daniel Sloss". Scotsman.com. Johnston Publishing Ltd. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Scots star Daniel Sloss on how sadness from loss of sister led to career in comedy" Daily Record, 21 January 2012
  3. ^ White, Gregor (5 May 2010). "Number One star Tinchy Stryder heads for Stirling". Stirling Observer. 
  4. ^ a b "BBC Three embarks on new sitcom pilot – The Adventures Of Daniel". BBC Press Office. 12 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Daniel Sloss on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson". 2 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Team Coco". 
  7. ^ "Let's get started". Edinburgh Festival Magazine (2009). Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "LIFE IN 2D". Free Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Daniel Sloss: The Show". Derby Theatre. Archived from the original on 2 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  10. ^ "Dara O'Brian holds charity gig for Tropical Zoo". Hounslow Chronicle. Trinity Mirror. 23 February 2011. 
  11. ^ "Daniel Sloss Tour Dates & Tickets". Ents24.com. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  12. ^ "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. 
  13. ^ "BBC Three - Comedy At The Fringe - Daniel Sloss". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  14. ^ "Daniel Sloss Live On Comedy Rocks w/ Jason Manford". YouTube. 2011-01-22. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  15. ^ "2012 Stand up for Sport Relief". bbc.co.uk. BBC Three. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  16. ^ "Daniel Sloss". setlistshow.com/. Setlist. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  17. ^ "Daniel Sloss". beardyman.co.uk. Archived from the original on 30 January 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  18. ^ "Daniel Sloss Stand-Up 02/24/15". teamcoco.com. Retrieved 2015-02-24. 
  19. ^ "Life in 2D". Chortle. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  20. ^ "Daniel Sloss – Teenage Kicks". Scotsman.com. Johnston Press Digital Publishing. 13 August 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  21. ^ "My Generation". Edinburgh Festival Guide. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  22. ^ "The Joker". Ed Fringe. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 

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