Daniel Sloss

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Daniel Sloss
Birth name Daniel Sloss
Born (1990-09-11) 11 September 1990 (age 28)
Kingston upon Thames
Medium Stand-up, Television, writer
Nationality Scottish
Years active 2007–present
Website danielsloss.com

Daniel Sloss (born 11 September 1990) is a comedian, actor and writer, notable for having become established as a professional live and television performer whilst still in his teens.[1][2]

On 11 September 2018 Netflix released two hour-long comedy specials under the title “Daniel Sloss – Live Shows”, with "DARK" and "Jigsaw" (previously titled "So?"). [3] streaming worldwide in 190 countries and 26 languages. [4] He was the youngest comedian to perform a solo season in London's West End at the age of 19, tours internationally to over 30 countries each year, signed a DVD deal with BBC WW's 2Entertain label at aged 20, and has appeared on US television programmes including multiple appearances on Conan [5] and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.[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.She died when he was nine years old.[8]

Comedy career[edit]

Stand up[edit]

When Sloss was sixteen, his mother Dr Lesley Sloss 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 under tutor Jay Sodogar. 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, produced by MZA, 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.[13] 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 Festival 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 Nationco-produced (with MZA) 50 date national tour in the autumn.[14]

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 traveling 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 co-produced by Live Nation and MZA.

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 again performed at the Altitude Comedy Festival, a week-long comedy and snowboarding event held 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 Kai Humphries and 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 (co-produced by MPW and MZA) and throughout the UK (co-produced by Live Nation and MZA).

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, 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 [15]

"DARK" then travelled to Australia and New Zealand for several very successful seasons in Sydney (winning the 2016 Sydney Comedy Festival Best of the Fest Award [International]),[16] Perth, Auckland and made his debut at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, adding an extra performance to his scheduled 4-week season. He was featured on a number of TV showcases 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 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". He also made his 6th (record-breaking) appearance on Conan

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.[17]

An extensive autumn tour of “SO?” ran throughout UK and 18 European countries in the autumn of 2016 before transferring to London for a solo week-long season at London's Soho Theatre.[18]

In the first half of 2017 he made his 7th appearance on Conan (23 January 2017) and performed a second off-Broadway season at the Soho Playhouse with "Daniel Sloss — So?" as well as playing 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 what became 3 months of back-to-back sold out seasons and TV appearances, receiving rave reviews and culminating in "So?" being filmed before a packed house at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre. That same year he also featured on Comedy Central’s Drunk History [19] re-telling the story of William Wallace (hilariously portrayed by Keith Allen), Dave Channel’s Dara O’Briain’s Go 8 Bit.[20]

After the Edinburgh Fringe EICC Premiere season of his latest show “DANIEL SLOSS: NOW”, he embarked on an extensive live tour of this show with performances throughout the UK and across 24 European countries. He was also invited to perform a one off night of this show at the New York Comedy Festival [21] and finished off the tour with a week in London’s West End at the Soho Theatre.[22] His 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.[23]

In January 2018 he made his 8th appearance on Conan [24] and appeared on Comedy Central’s Comedy Roast.[25].

He then went on to perform across America including seasons in Madison,[26] San Francisco,[27] Cleveland [28] and Denver.[29]

He opened for Dave Chappelle’s two shows as well as starred in the "Best of Edinburgh" line-up at San Francisco's Sketchfest[30] and returned to New York for the second off-Broadway run of his award-winning show "DARK" at the Soho Playhouse.[31]

In February 2018, Daniel taped "DARK" in Los Angeles at the Belasco Theater.[32] 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.[3]

August 2018 saw Daniel premiere his 10th solo show, Daniel Sloss: X during his 11th season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe season. [33] The subsequent tour again covers 25 European countries, ending with a new season in London’s West End.[34]

Netflix released both "DARK" and "Jigsaw" worldwide on 11th September 2018, streaming in 190 countries and 26 languages.[4]

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.[7]

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.[35][36]

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.[37]

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.[38] In October 2012, Sloss appeared in the seventh series of Russell Howard's Good News.

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.

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.[39]

In February 2015 he made his 4th appearance on Conan.[40] and in February and June 2016, he appeared for the 5th and 6th time on the show.

In the first half of 2017 he made his 7th appearance on Conan (23 January 2017) and featured on Comedy Central’s Drunk History [19] 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.[20] Later that autumn Sloss appeared on Comedy Central’s Comedy Roast with his episode's battle with USA's Desiree Birch getting the highest ratings of the series.[41]

In May 2017 he filmed his Sydney Comedy Festival performance of "So?" at the Enmore Theatre, for its' subsequent release on Netflix.

In January 2018 Sloss made his 8th appearance on Conan,[42] opened for Dave Chappelle’s two shows in San Francisco as well as himself performing at the city’s Sketchfest Comedy Festival. He performed in Cleveland, Madison, Denver and returned to New York for a second off-Broadway season of "DARK", again at the Soho Playhouse.[43]

In February 2018, Daniel taped "DARK" in Los Angeles at the Belasco Theater.[32] 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.[3] Netflix released both "DARK" and "Jigsaw" worldwide on 11th September 2018, streaming in 190 countries and 26 languages.[4]

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.[citation needed]

Television appearances[edit]

Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows[edit]

  • 2008 Life in 2D[44]
  • 2009 Daniel Sloss – Teenage Kicks[45]
  • 2010 Daniel Sloss – My Generation[46]
  • 2011 Daniel Sloss – The Joker[47]
  • 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)

Solo shows – touring and seasons[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 season Soho Theatre
  • 2016 Daniel Sloss – DARK, New York Soho Playhouse
  • 2016 Daniel Sloss – DARK, Los Angeles Westside Comedy Theater
  • 2016 Daniel Sloss – DARK, solo touring, Australia
  • 2016 Daniel Sloss – SO? touring UK (supported by Kai Humphries)
  • 2016 Daniel Sloss – SO? touring Europe (supported by Kai Humphries)
  • 2016 Daniel Sloss – SO?, solo touring, Australia
  • 2017 Daniel Sloss – NOW, touring UK (supported by Kai Humphries)
  • 2017 Daniel Sloss – NOW, touring Europe (supported by Kai Humphries)
  • 2017 Daniel Sloss – NOW, New York Comedy Festival
  • 2017 Daniel Sloss – NOW, London season Soho Theatre
  • 2018 Daniel Sloss, solo touring USA
  • 2018 Daniel Sloss – DARK, New York Soho Playhouse
  • 2018 Daniel Sloss – NOW, solo touring Australia
  • 2018 Daniel Sloss – X, touring UK (supported by Kai Humphries)
  • 2018 Daniel Sloss – X, touring Europe (supported by Kai Humphries, Gareth Waugh)

References[edit]

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  4. ^ a b c Dessau, Bruce (4 September 2018). "News: Daniel Sloss On Vegans – New Netflix Trailer". Beyond The Joke. 
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