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Daniel Sloss: Just Fucking Buy It And Get Naked

Daniel Sloss: Just Fucking Buy It And Get Naked
Emma Louise Obank

He’s the face of Edinburgh buses during the Fringe, and has already achieved more than the average 22 year old; having appeared on British TV comedy classics such as ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Road Show’ and ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’. With another successful Fringe run under his belt, and an upcoming 50 date UK tour, I chatted to loveable Scotsman, Daniel Sloss.

How did this year’s Fringe run go? Any exciting stories to tell? Didn’t you get your legs waxed?

It was awesome. I adore the Fringe. It’s a month worth of solid alcohol abuse with lovely gigs gently sprinkled in between. I have SEVERAL stories from the Fringe. None can be printed though. And yeah, I got a strip of my leg waxed for my friends, The Noise Next Door, who were doing a 24 hour Fringe challenge. It wasn’t that bad actually. Women are such drama queens. I bet child birth is piss easy too.

You’re about to embark on your UK tour; what do you prefer, touring or the Edinburgh run?

It’s hard to say. I live in Edinburgh, so the Festival means I’m always at home whereas on tour I’m not going to be in my own bed for two months. But the tour is amazing in itself. I’ve got mates all over the UK so I get to see them on tour and we get to go everywhere and gig to different audiences every night. They both have their own advantages and downfalls, but I love doing both.

On your blog, you review clubs you’ve been to. Are there any clubs you’re hoping to visit on tour? Will you have the time?

Probably not. I gave up on the club reviews as the nightclubs of Edinburgh began taking them pretty seriously, despite the fact that I was clearly taking the piss. On tour we’ll probably end up going out a few nights. I don’t mind being hungover, but my support act Kai Humphries is driving, so he might have something to say about it.

Do you have any embarrassing clubbing stories to share?

Literally hundreds, but they’re all too long. Like the time I nearly died trying to re-enact Dirty Dancing, the time I made Kai be my own personal bodyguard and he threw a guy out of a nightclub for being a douche bag,  the time I met a reviewer and called them “A worthless piece of shit who needs to find another way of disappointing their parents” and many other shameful stories that I only half remember.

How does the material develop for the tour?

It changes a lot. Since it’s in a different place each night the audiences react differently to certain types of material. Some audiences prefer darker stuff, some prefer ranty stuff, some prefer banter. So eventually the material tailors it’s way to being suitable for everyone.

Your last tour DVD is about to be released. Are there any special features we can look forward to?

Sadly there is only one special feature. I love DVD extras and wanted there to be a few but our camera broke on tour so our behind the scenes bit didn’t work out. But there is a DVD commentary. It’s me, Kai Humphries, Mark Nelson (an amazing Scottish comic) and my flatmate watching the DVD and ripping the shit out of me. It was great fun to film, hopefully it’s good to watch.

If you could create your own caption review for the DVD what would it say?

Just fucking buy it.

What makes the DVD experience different to the experience of being in the live audience?

You can be naked if your watching the DVD

You started comedy when you were at school. What made you realise you wanted to be a stand-up?

I failed my exams and I liked calling people names. Things kind of fell into place after that.

If you could pick a single favourite moment of your career so far, what would it be?

There are hundreds. My most recent one though was Jim Jeffries asked me to be on a show he was doing in Edinburgh. The line-up was Jim hosting, with Tom Stade, Glenn Wool, Benny Boot and Jimmy Carr. That is an INSANELY good line-up of comedians who I’ve loved and admired for years

You retweet your Mum quite a lot; has there ever been a time when she’s told you off for something you’ve said or done on stage?

Probably. She doesn’t like the amount I swear and she doesn’t like the way I deal with hecklers. My rule for hecklers is thus: my comedy set is like my house. If I invite you into it you’re more than welcome to stay and have some fun. But if you break into it, I willing fucking kill you. I’m not nice to hecklers because I find heckling incredibly offensive. I don’t try to be funny. I just say really really really awful stuff, just to make myself feel better.

If you weren’t a comedian, what would you have done instead? 

Failed miserably in life…..

Daniel Sloss’ UK tour “Daniel Sloss: The Show” will kick off in Harrogate on the 15th October 2012. But if you want to sit in the comfort of your own home, butt naked, you can always buy ‘Daniel Sloss Live’ on DVD as of the 19th November 2012. 

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