Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Daniel Sloss

It's shaping up to be both a great and a busy year for Daniel Sloss. The 27-year-old's full-length specials Dark and Jigsaw (formerly titled So?) will be streamed on Netflix later in 2018, making him the latest in a select band of talented British comics to release shows on the network. He will also be touring in the autumn. And before then there is the small matter of his annual visit to the Edinburgh Fringe, where he has established himself as one of the main attractions over the last decade. The scruffy teenager has grown into a formidable twentysomething, hard-hitting, honest and very funny. I was going to say that he has matured but I'm not sure if I'd use that word just yet judging by his answers to questions 4 & 13 below. He's still got a teenager-ish provocative streak, but it makes him funnier and often more interesting. Anyway, see for yourself by catching him in the flesh or on onscreen.

Daniel Sloss: X is at the Pleasance EICC, Pentland Theatre From August 2 - 26. Buy tickets here.

 

1. What is the last thing you do before you go onstage (apart from check your flies and/or check your knickers aren't sticking out of your skirt and check for spinach between your teeth)?

Put my phone down. I’m pretty much on it until I walk on stage. Not looking at notes or anything, just generally bored. 

2. What irritates you?

Everyone. The only reason I still have Facebook or Twitter is to fill myself with enough rage to get me through life. 

3. What is the most dangerous thing you have ever done?

I did the bull run in Pamplona which was pretty fucking stupid. Not to mention morally reprehensible, but I was young and peer pressure is a hell of a thing. 

4. What is the most stupid thing you have ever done?

Tried to test whether a stab proof vest was really stab proof by having my friend wear it and stabbing it. It was. Thankfully. Genuinely have no idea what our plan was if it failed. 

5. What has surprised you the most during your career in comedy?

How well I’ve done. Genuinely never thought that I’d ever make a proper living out of this, let alone travel the world and get to do it everywhere. That’s been nice. 

Interview continues here.

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