Flying the Fife flag at the Fringe

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TALKING about the housing market wasn’t exactly what the Mail expected when it met up with East Wemyss ‘young’ comedian Daniel Sloss to discuss his Edinburgh Fringe show ‘The Joker’.

But that’s what was on Sloss’ mind after an amazing year has left him contemplating leaving the family home he shares with his parents and two brothers to buy his own place in Edinburgh.

“All my mates are there and comedians are all in Edinburgh,” he explains.

“My family are really good fun and do stupid stuff to give me material but my own house will probably serve up a lot as well.

“I’ll need a few months to learn how to wash etc. I’ve only ever stayed in apartments and would tend to take two weeks of clothes with me and then just rinse them in the bath.”

Laundry might not be Sloss’ strong point but he professes he can cook and insists he has started being healthier as part of a new regime, which sees him have personal training sessions with a former cage-fighter.

It’s sensible decisions like those that make you realise Sloss, who will be 21 next month, is no longer the gawky 17-year-old who became known for writing jokes for Frankie Boyle and hosting his own comedy shows in Kirkcaldy.

Indeed his appearance at this year’s Fringe is his fourth and it’s a mark of his hard work over the last 12 months that he has moved on from his 175-seat venue of last year to the much bigger 400 capacity Assembly George Square Spiegeltent.

“It’s been an awesome year, I’ve just had so many opportunities,” he continues.

“It all kicked off with the Rob Brydon show about June. A week after filming it we filmed for the sitcom (BBC3s’ ‘The Life of Daniel’) then on the day that finished I found out I had got a spot on Michael Mcintyre’s Roadshow, so that was a great week.”

Performances on shows such as ‘Jason Manford’s Comedy Rocks’, ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’, ‘The Rob Brydon Show’ and gigs in Australia, Switzerland and south east Asia all followed with the only blip on his year being the news that ‘The Life of Daniel’ would not be getting made into a series.

However a DVD deal, a 50-date UK tour starting next month, a regular guest slot on Radio One with Nick Grimshaw and a growing number of fans, many of them female, have made up for it.

He continues: “I never expected to have a female fan base as I was single all my life at school, girls just didn’t find me attractive.

“I say to people to come and give me hugs after the show and I get females, between [the ages of] 13 and 19 coming up being speechless. I’m flattered, it’s sweet – I just try to calm them down.”

Sloss’ new found popularity has grown to the point where he has started changing the places where he goes on a night out and ‘The Joker’ makes reference to this, though he adds fame hasn’t changed his style.

“It’s the same as always. My opinions of the world, nothing very special,” he says.

“It’s jokes that I’ve done that have been honed. I’m just here to make laughs and I’m quite happy with that. It will be very funny.

“Last year was awesome, I don’t see why this year will be anything less.

“The festival is the end and the start of a new year. It’s where you start the year and you then do that show for the rest of the year and do it 100 times or so.”

Sloss’ new year kicks off tonight (Wednesday) at 7.35pm with ‘The Joker’ at Assembly George Square and runs until August 29.