‘Half man, half Xbox’ Daniel pushes the right buttons

Daniel Sloss, Bloomsbury Theatre. � Jill F
Daniel Sloss, Bloomsbury Theatre. � Jill F
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“I’m in the middle of a robbery,” says young comedian Daniel Sloss.

Daniel, who is described in his own publicity as “half man, half Xbox” was playing the latest video game, Grand Theft Auto V, in between doing a series of interviews to promote his tour, which is calling in to Sheffield City Hall on Monday during Last Laugh.

He describes his show: “It’s my Edinburgh show that I’m taking on the road. Just about me, just about being an a******e essentially.”

Daniel is a well-known TV face from appearing on 8/10 Cats, Jason Manford’s Comedy Rocks, Mock the Week and his own BBC show The Adventures of Daniel.

He is one of the youngest comedians on the stand-up circuit and started performing when I was just 17. He said: “When I started it was just a hobby. I just watched lots of people I really admired. I wanted to give it a go and it went well.

“I did do stage stuff when I was young. I wasn’t good at it. I only wanted to do comedy stuff. It wasn’t great at all.

“When I was on stage I realised I definitely enjoyed being on stage. I knew I enjoyed making people laugh.

I’ve done some bits of acting before but I’m not very good at it. My heart very firmly lies with stand-up. I can’t believe how lucky I am.

“I travel the world and meet some of the nicest people. It’s one of those jobs where you get to meet your heroes and learn from them.

Daniel may be young but he is a man of firm opinions. He said: “I admire people who make people laugh at stuff they don’t necessarily agree with, people who can make you think and listen even if you don’t agree with them.”

Daniel says he checks out potentially offensive routines with his dad but “at some point I like winding people up. If your opinion’s ridiculous I don’t mind winding you up.

“On the other hand, I’ve got an uncle who’s a minister. He says, ‘I’m religious, you’re not, let’s change the subject’.”

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