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Dapper Laughs
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Dapper Laughs in 2020
Daniel O'Reilly

(1984-06-17) June 17, 1984 (age 38)
Kingston upon Thames, London, England
Other names"The Moisturiser"
OccupationSocial media content creator, comedian

Dapper Laughs is a pseudonym of Daniel O'Reilly (born 17 June 1984 in Kingston upon Thames, London, England), a British social media content creator and comedian from Addlestone, Surrey.

Career and controversies[edit]

In 2014, O'Reilly released the single "Proper Moist" as Dapper Laughs.[1] The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 15. Starting in 2014, Laughs began his Moist Tour of the UK; his supporting act on the tour was fellow Viner Joe Charman. In July, he released "Take It To The Base". The music video was released on YouTube, but has since been made private.

Derogatory lyrics about homeless people[edit]

In November 2014, Laughs criticised the website UsVsTh3m on Twitter for what he viewed as an unfavourable review of his new album Proper Naughty Christmas. O'Reilly suggested that the review could hinder his goal of raising money for homelessness charity Shelter.[2] As a result of UsVsTh3m highlighting the lyrics of one of the album tracks as offensive to the homeless, the charity posted on their official Twitter feed that they would be refusing donations from O'Reilly.[2] O'Reilly later made an apology in a statement.[3]

Sexism and comments about rape[edit]

In September 2014, his TV show, entitled Dapper Laughs: On the Pull, began on ITV2, where he parodied a dating expert[4][5]

O'Reilly was heavily criticised in November 2014 when, soon after accusations that his show was degrading to women,[6] he joked that a female audience member was "gagging for a rape" at one of his live shows.[7] An online petition eventually gained 68,210 signatures with the hashtag #CancelDapper asked ITV to end the series.[8] On 10 November, ITV announced they were not renewing the series for a second season as a result.[9] A forthcoming Dapper Laughs tour was also cancelled.[8]

Retirement and return of Dapper Laughs character[edit]

On 11 November 2014, O'Reilly announced on Newsnight that his Dapper Laughs character had been indefinitely retired. When interviewed on the BBC programme, he claimed he did not realise the problems he had caused. O'Reilly also claimed that the media played a major role in the anger directed at him.[10] In December that year, O'Reilly resurrected the character.[11] On 25 December 2014, a YouTube and Facebook video was posted stating that O'Reilly's character Dapper Laughs would be making a return with the promise of toned down content. On 15 January 2015, he announced his "The Res'Erection" stand-up show.[12] On 8 March 2015 a pilot for a web-exclusive sitcom based on the character was uploaded to YouTube.[citation needed]

Glasgow gig cancellation[edit]

In March 2015 it was announced that Dapper Laughs was booked to appear on 2 April 2015 at Campus Glasgow, which describes itself as "Glasgow’s first frat house" (which are not generally a feature of British universities).[13] The event was described as a "live PA, meet & greet and photo opportunity".[13] After an online petition gathered more than 1,000 signatures in 24 hours the venue cancelled the booking, citing "too much negativity towards the act".[14]


In June 2015 The Guardian reported that his website DappsDaily.com had plagiarised material from other websites.[15]

Big Brother appearance and criticism[edit]

In January 2018, O'Reilly entered the Celebrity Big Brother house as a housemate during its twenty-first series. He was the eighth housemate to be evicted.[citation needed]

The Telegraph writer Ed Power wrote an article called 'Should Dapper Laughs Even Be On National Television?' following O'Reilly's entry to the Big Brother house. Power labelled O'Reilly as a 'comedian whose best known accomplishment was torpedoing his career with a rape joke'.[16] Another Telegraph writer, Michael Hogan, wrote an article titled "If Dapper Laughs Wins, It's The Final Nail In The Coffin For Celebrity Big Brother". Hogan remarked that Dapper Laughs is 'not dapper, provides no laughs and isn't really a celebrity.'[17]

Personal life[edit]

O'Reilly has two daughters.[18][19] He proposed to his longtime girlfriend Shelley in January 2018, during his eviction interview on Celebrity Big Brother.[20]


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Dapper Laughs: On the Pull Presenter 1 series
2015 Dapper Laughs Live: The Res-Erection Himself DVD
2017 Fanged Up Jimmy Ragsdale
2018 Celebrity Big Brother Housemate Series 21
2022 The Last Heist Fisherman



Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2014 "Proper Moist" 15 35 Non-album single
"Take It to the Base" - Unknown


  1. ^ "iTunes - Music - Proper Moist - Single by Laughs". iTunes. Archived from the original on 28 October 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b Cresci, Elena (7 November 2014). "Shelter refuses to take donations from ITV star Dapper Laughs". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Laughs: ITV defends 'respectful' comedian claiming he is 'neither sexist nor degrading to women'". The Independent. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  4. ^ Powder Blue Internet Business Solutions. "Laughs On The Pull". Chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  5. ^ Hannah Ellis-Petersen. "YouTube star Laughs lands his own ITV2 dating show". the Guardian. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  6. ^ Conlan, Tara (10 November 2014). "ITV under pressure to axe Dapper Laughs show over misogyny claims". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  7. ^ Denham, Jess (10 November 2014). "Dapper Laughs seen joking about rape in video after apologising for 'sexist' homeless comments". The Independent. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  8. ^ a b Stephenson, Janey (14 November 2014). "Julien Blanc and Dapper Laughs have learnt about the power of clicktivism the hard way". The Independent. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  9. ^ "ITV will not continue Dapper Laughs show". ITV News. ITV. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  10. ^ Tara Conlan. "Dapper Laughs on Newsnight: 'I did not realise that I was causing a problem'". the Guardian. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Dapper Laughs act is resurrected despite sexism accusations". The Guardian. The Guardian. 25 December 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  12. ^ Kelly, Emma (20 February 2015). "'It was really unfair' Dapper Laughs claims he was 'bullied' after making rape joke". Daily Star.
  13. ^ a b Topping, Alexandra (13 March 2015). "Dapper Laughs comedian to appear in Glasgow club". The Guardian.
  14. ^ Brooks, Libby (17 March 2015). "Dapper Laughs' Glasgow gig cancelled after online petition". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  15. ^ Parkinson, Hannah Jane; Jackson, Jasper (22 June 2015). "Dapper Laughs continues his journey to the bottom with copycat website". Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  16. ^ Power, E., 2020. "Should Dapper Laughs Even Be On National Television? All The Talking Points As The Men Arrive On Celebrity Big Brother" [online] The Telegraph. Available at: <https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2018/01/06/celebrity-big-brother-emma-willis-welcomes-men-house/> [Accessed 26 May 2020].
  17. ^ Hogan, M., 2020. "If Dapper Laughs Wins, It's The Final Nail In The Coffin For Celebrity Big Brother". [online] The Telegraph. Available at: <https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2018/01/12/dapper-laughs-wins-final-nail-coffin-celebrity-big-brother/> [Accessed 26 May 2020].
  18. ^ "Dapper Laughs on Instagram". 3 December 2016. Archived from the original on 2021-12-25.
  19. ^ Okey, Regan (10 January 2017). "Dapper Laughs opens up on traumatic birth of baby: 'I cried the whole way through it'". Daily Star.
  20. ^ "Celebrity Big Brother star Dapper Laughs proposes on live TV". BBC Newsbeat. 27 January 2018.
  21. ^ Peak positions for singles in Scotland:

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