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Daniel Tosh
Daniel Tosh.jpg
Tosh in 2013
Birth name Daniel Dwight Tosh[1]
Born (1975-05-29) May 29, 1975 (age 40)
Boppard, Rhineland-Palatinate, West Germany[2]
Medium Stand-up comedy, television
Years active 1997–present
Genres Black comedy, observational comedy, satire, sarcasm
Notable works and roles Tosh.0, Brickleberry

Daniel Dwight Tosh (born May 29, 1975)[3] is an American comedian, television host, actor, writer, and executive producer. He is known for his deliberately offensive and controversial style of black comedy, as the host of the Comedy Central television show Tosh.0 and as the star of stand-up comedy tours and specials.[4]

Early life

Born in Boppard, Rhineland-Palatinate, West Germany,[5] Tosh grew up in Titusville, Florida, the son of a Presbyterian minister. After graduating from Astronaut High School in 1993, Tosh attended the University of Central Florida, graduating in December 1996 with a degree in marketing.[6] Among his first jobs was a telemarketer at Central Florida Research Park. He said later, "Hey, $15 an hour to annoy people! I really was not preparing myself for the future at all. I had interviews lined up. I sat through one real interview and I was like, 'I wouldn't hire me.' I left halfway through the orientation. That's the closest thing I ever got to a real job."[7] Tosh moved to Los Angeles, but attributes his decision to work in comedy to being raised in Florida, which he considers "flat, hot, and dumb."[8]


He started touring the comedy club circuit almost immediately after graduating from college. He appeared as one of the "New Faces" at the 1998 Just for Laughs in Montreal. His act was televised in 2000 in Montreal at the Théâtre Saint-Denis.[9] Tosh's first big career break came in 2001 with a performance on the Late Show with David Letterman. He made appearances on programs such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Comedy Central's Premium Blend.[10] He hosted a local late-night comedy show in Florida called Tens,[11][12] and served as a spokesman in Taco Bell commercials.[13] Tosh has been a regular guest on radio shows such as The Bob & Tom Show, Loveline, and Kevin and Bean.

In 2003, he performed in his own 30-minute special on Comedy Central Presents. On June 17, 2007, Comedy Central aired his stand-up special: Daniel Tosh: Completely Serious. He hosted an episode of Comedy Central's Live at Gotham.

Tosh appeared in an episode of MTV's Punk'd as a criminal who broke into Mekhi Phifer's car.[14] He played a fictional version of himself on "Elevator" produced by HBO's Runawaybox[15] and had a small role as Cowboy Hat in the feature film The Love Guru starring Mike Myers. Of his own acting ability, Tosh says, "I’m not a good actor. I can play myself, and a much gayer version of myself. That’s about my range."[16]

Tosh had said he planned to end his career on his 38th birthday, May 29, 2013, if he had not by that time succeeded as a comedian. He said he would do this by committing suicide or retiring to the beach.[17][18] He kept a countdown clock on his website,, that gave the number of days, minutes, and seconds until his 38th birthday which is when "Daniel's Groundhog Day Ends," a reference to the Bill Murray film. Tosh has described a comic's routine life on the road as "Groundhog Day".[18] On his 38th birthday Tosh's fans overwhelmingly voted that Tosh had "made it" as a star and therefore should continue his life and career.

His special, Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts, premiered on Comedy Central on March 6, 2011, with 3.25 million viewers and a 1.9/5 share.[19] It was later released on DVD.

Tosh was an executive producer of, and the voice of Malloy in, the Comedy Central animated sitcom Brickleberry. The show was cancelled after three seasons on January 7, 2015.[20]

Forbes estimated Tosh's 2013 net worth at $11 million, tied for ninth place in its list of all top-earning comedians whose income is primarily from stage ticket sales;[21] and CelebrityNetWorth estimates his 2015 net worth at $16 million.[22]


Main article: Tosh.0

Tosh's Comedy Central television show Tosh.0 premiered on June 5, 2009, based on showcasing Internet video clips.[23] His mocking humor is described as "envelope pushing" and frequently features punchlines which are intentionally self-deprecating, racist, sexist, or homophobic. Tosh's explanation of his non-politically correct humor is "I'm not a misogynistic and racist person...But I do find those jokes funny, so I say them."[24]

Rape joke controversy

On July 10, 2012, a blog titled Cookies for Breakfast published an account by an unnamed woman in which Tosh made a series of jokes about rape at the Laugh Factory. According to the blogger, after she called out, "Actually, rape jokes are never funny!" Tosh responded, "Wouldn't it be funny if that girl got raped by, like, five guys right now?"[25][26][27] Later that day, Tosh claimed the blog post was inaccurate and that he was misquoted, but apologized on Twitter for what he had said.[28] The owner of the comedy club, who was present during Tosh's set, stated that the blog's account of the incident was inaccurate, and that Tosh had rather speculated the woman had "been raped by, like, five guys."[29] The event received a mild degree of media coverage, including anti-sexual assault groups arguing that his actions normalize sexual violence,[30] others indicating that Tosh had used similar offensive material in his comedy for a long time before the incident without backlash,[31] and many comedians such as Dane Cook, Jim Norton, Stevie Ryan, Patton Oswalt, Chris Rock, Anthony Jeselnik, Doug Stanhope, and Gilbert Gottfried defending his right to speak uncensored.[32][33]

Personal life

Tosh has one brother and two sisters.[34] Tosh has stated that he suffers from social anxiety and that he has disfavored public speaking.[35][36]


Tosh has participated in a show for the family of deceased comedian Greg Giraldo and for Alabama disaster relief.[37][38]

Tosh has hosted an annual stand-up show called "Tosh Saves The World" which has featured comedians such as Bo Burnham, Chelsea Peretti, Hannibal Buress and Kumail Nanjiani, with the proceeds going to various charities.[39]


In 2011, Forbes reported that Tosh's 60-date nationwide stand-up tour was sold out.[16] In 2014, he reportedly performed sold out shows.[40] In June 2014, Forbes reported its estimate of Tosh's average stand-up comedy show ticket price at $161.94.[41]


Stand-up specials

  • Comedy Central Presents: Daniel Tosh (2003)
  • Daniel Tosh: Completely Serious (2007)
  • Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts (2011)


  • "Tosh Tour Twenty Ten" (2010)
  • "Tosh Tour On Ice" (2011)
  • "Tosh Tour Twenty Twelve" (2012)
  • "Tosh Tour June Gloom" (2013)
  • "The Great Nor'easter Tour" (2015)



Year Title Role
1998 Sins of the City DJ Dog Man
1999 Premium Blend Performer
2000 Just for Laughs Performer
2001–2002 Late Show with David Letterman Performer
2003 Just for Laughs Himself
Comedy Central Presents Stand-up Special
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Performer
2004 Punk'd Criminal
Best Week Ever Panelist
2004–2009 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Performer
2006 Comics Unleashed Panelist
2007 Daniel Tosh: Completely Serious Stand-up Special
2007–2008 Elevator Himself
2008 Live at Gotham Host
The Life & Times of Tim Theo
2009–present Tosh.0 Host
2010 Supreme Court of Comedy Performer
2011 Dave's Old Porn Himself
Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts Stand-up Special
2012–2015 Brickleberry Malloy


Year Title Role
2008 The Love Guru Cowboy Hat


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