Making himself at home

Daniel Sloss. Picture by Dan Phillips
Daniel Sloss. Picture by Dan Phillips

Fife comedian Daniel Sloss is now 22.

He’s been making a name for himself with his comedy since he was 16.

But having moved out of his parents’ house towards the end of last year he’s grown up and his comedy has matured too.

He told the Press: “My comedy has changed a lot since starting very young.

“It’s changed a lot more in the last year.

“When I was very young I was still living at home with my parents and I was in a relationship.

“In the past year I’ve moved out and I’m single.

“I think I’ve very much become my own person and that’s noticeable in my comedy.

“It’s become more me and I’m surprised to find how dark I am.”

Daniel is currently touring the UK with his latest stand-up show, ‘The Show’ and will be coming back to the Kingdom to entertain a home crowd on Saturday, November 17 at the Adam Smith Theatre.

And it’s a venue close to his heart.

“It’s going to be good,” he says.

“It’s very much a homecoming gig, growing up in East Wemyss.

“I used to do lots of theatre at the Adam Smith when I was younger and I ran a comedy club there for a while, so it’s always nice to come back.

“This year’s show is the one I’m proudest to have written.

“As always with my comedy it’s not going to change your opinion, there’s no moral, no story line, it’s not going to teach you anything.

“It’s stuff I think, stuff that’s going on.”

It’s been a busy year for Daniel, having travelled around the world performing at the Sydney Comedy Festival and the Montreal Just For Laughs comedy festival.

He enjoyed another smash hit season at the Edinburgh Fringe in August too.

And his hectic year is not yet over, with his tour running until the beginning of December and the release of his debut DVD on Monday, November 19.

It was recorded in front of a sold-out live audience at Glasgow’s King’s Theatre in March.

So how does it feel to be releasing a DVD?

“It’s petrifying,” he laughs, “but exciting.”

“I used to go to HMV in Kirkcaldy 
and buy all my comedy DVDs, but it will be weird to think about going in and seeing my face staring back from the shelves.”

So after such a successful 12 months, what’s been the highlight?

“I got to do two gigs in Sweden which was wonderful, I loved that. I got to do some telly in LA. I did a show called ‘Set List’ with some big name American comedians which was amazing.

“Oh and I hung out with Jim Jefferies. Me and him went to a baseball game in LA.

“There’s been a lot of highlights, this year’s Fringe show and the DVD.

“Sorry, there’s too many to just choose one.”

With just a few weeks left of his tour, on which he’s supported by Geordie comedian Kai Humphries, Daniel has a plan for when it’s over.

He said: “A month off!

“December 9 in Musselburgh is the last show – I’m not touching a single gig from then until 2013 when I’ll get back in to it.

“I’ll probably, inevitably, definitely do another Fringe show next year and there’s another DVD in March.

“Anything else, I’ll just take it as it comes.”

l Daniel Sloss is at Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy on Saturday, November 17.