Q&A with stand-up comic Daniel Sloss
10:11 28 September 2011
Talented young comic Daniel Sloss is bringing his stand-up comedy show, The Joker, to The Junction in October. He started performing at just 16 and has already had his own BBC show, appeared on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, The Rob Brydon Show and 8 Out Of Ten Cats. He chatted to Holly Willis about his comedy, his adventures and his plans to get fit.
Q: What are you up to?
A: I’m just off to the gym. I came back from my last tour with a belly but I’ve always been the skinny one. I’ll be eating a lot during The Joker tour so now is my chance to get fit.
Q: Do you enjoy going to the gym?
A: I have a personal trainer because I’m so lazy that the only way I am ever going to go to the gym is if a giant man is making me! It works but it’s hard, especially as I don’t eat many vegetables so my diet isn’t great.
Q: You started very young – has your comedy evolved as you have grown older?
A: Definitely, I was a teenager when I started and comedy is about doing what you know. I had a lot of jokes about being young but I wasn’t doing them to make a point – I was just 17 and those were my opinions.
Q: So what can we expect from your latest show?
A: I’ve never themed my shows, but you can expect my observations on life, my experiences with family and my girlfriend. I’m also obsessed with the Batman character of The Joker. He is one of the greatest characters created and explores the fine line between sanity and insanity. It’s the idea that when things happen to you, how you react to them is what defines you as a person. Any bit of news I’ve ever been given, good, bad, exciting, dull or terrible – my first reaction is always to crack a joke, and that’s not always to the benefit.
Q: Do you run jokes by your family before performing them?
A: Yes, my Mum and Dad with tell me if a joke is funny, my girlfriend is very honest and my best mate will tell me if I’m being an idiot.
Q: You’ve been to Australia, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur on tour, what’s it like being away from home?
A: It’s good but I miss my girlfriend, then when I’m back for short periods it hard to find time to see all my friends and family.
Q: You talk quite a bit about your girlfriend – do you think women want a man who will make them laugh?
A: I genuinely think that’s a myth. If someone makes you laugh, you feel more relaxed and secure but when I was at school my humour didn’t win me any female attention at all.
Q: Do you party when you’re on tour?
A: No, I’m not a fan of nightclubs – I can’t sing or dance and I don’t like being in a cellar with other people who can’t do those things either.
Q: What are your worst habits?
A: My Mum would say swearing. I refuse to buy new clothes more than once a year but I will spend on comics – I’m a huge nerd. I like graphic novels like Batman.
Q: You’ve received a lot of attention for being the youngest ever finalist in So You Think You’re Funny? Appeared on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, The Rob Brydon Show and others. How do you cope with all the attention?
A: It’s awesome. I don’t get particularly nervous – my attitude is to go out and do my best and that’s all I can do.
Q: What’s it like working with high profile comics?
A: Comics are always trying to make each other laugh, and not in an ‘I’m funnier than you’ sort of way, we just enjoy making each other laugh.
Daniel Sloss’s The Joker is appearing at The Junction, 14 October, junction.co.uk