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Daniel Sloss on how sadness from loss of sister led to career in comedy
Rick Fulton
Jan 21 2012

Rising Scots comic Daniel Sloss wants to marry Lorraine Kellyís daughter because heís smitten by the breakfast telly queen. The 21-year-old claims Lorraine, 52, is the ďperfect womanĒ. However, as she is already taken, he would happily tie the knot with her 17-year-old daughter Rosie instead. Daniel, who despite his youth is about to record his first stand-up DVD, said: ďI am beyond in love with Lorraine. She is perfect. Sheís incredible. Sheís such a gorgeous, lovely woman. I met her very briefly and she said she found me really funny. Sheís got this gorgeous Scottish accent. Iíve got a crap one. Sheís married, and the age gap is a bit big, so Iím going to marry her daughter Ė daughters grow up to be their mothers.Ē

Daniel is Britainís fastest rising young comic. Incredibly, heís already been doing stand-up for four-and-a-half years after his mum met Frankie Boyle at a corporate gig and told him about her funny son. Boyle agreed to see the teenager and Daniel went on to write material for him. After getting his break, he went on to star in his own BBC3 show The Adventures of Daniel and last year enjoyed a 50-date British tour. In March, he will record his first stand-up DVD for the 2012 Christmas market. It took fellow Scot Kevin Bridges six years to make his first DVD.

With his own flat near Murrayfield in Edinburgh, a car and a career making people laugh, itís no wonder Daniel, from Kirkcaldy, canít quite believe his luck. He said: ďWhen I started this four-and-a-half years ago I donít think anyone ever thought it would go this well. I think Iíve fluked out and cheated life.Ē

Daniel moved out of his parentsí Fife home in October and knows only too well how other 20-somethings are struggling. He said: ďMy best mate doesnít have a job and heís really looking. He is way more qualified than me and smarter. Iíve not thought about qualifications. I was like, ĎIíll find somethingí and stumbled on the best job in the world. I donít believe in karma any more as Iím going to get so kicked when Iím older. I donít know whatís going to happen when Iím 35, but itís going to be bad.Ē

For the time being though, Daniel is having the time of his life. The only thing missing is a girlfriend. Daniel, who split with his last girlfriend after two-and-a half-years, said: ďIím dreadful with women. I have no charm. Put me in a room in front of 3000 people and tell me to make them laugh for an hour I wonít bat an eyelid. Put me in front of a girl Iíve never met before and tell me to say Ďhií and Iíll go to pieces. I have had girls come on to me after gigs, apparently, and Iíve assumed they are being nice.Ē But he has a plan. He laughed: ďI would love to be Russell Brand sleeping with all these woman, so if heís after a wing man, choose me.Ē

Daniel did his first Edinburgh Fringe show in 2009, aged just 19. His early comedy was about being young, the exhilaration of having sex or how he hates music festivals. He certainly isnít an edgy comic Ė more Michael McIntyre than Frankie Boyle. But there are underlying reasons for this. When he was nine, he lost his seven-year-old sister, who had cerebral palsy.

Grief at the loss made him want to make his parents and younger brothers laugh and his humour is less about demeaning others than being self-deprecating. He said: ďEven now I canít handle sadness. It was awful but it happened. I canít imagine what it was like for my mum and dad. I was nine. Itís difficult to comprehend. To be left with me must have been a really short straw.Ē Daniel is doing what comics do best, making light of something dark.

Although not on a traditional career path, he has the backing of his parents. His dad Martyn, who works in IT, gave his son a first taste of stand-up watching videos of Eddie Izzard and Phill Jupitus. His mum Lesley, who has a PhD in chemistry, then got Daniel his big break. When he was 14, she was at a corporate gig featuring Frankie Boyle. Afterwards Lesley told Frankie that Daniel was funny and he gave her his email address. Frankie then offered him work experience and Daniel sent him jokes that ended up on Mock The Week. He said: ďI canít remember the jokes but Iíve got the cheque for £300 on my wall. I owe Frankie a lot of my career. I havenít kept in touch with him because I donít want to bother him. I am incredibly grateful for what he did and donít want to overstep the boundaries.Ē

Since making his stand-up debut at 16 at the Laughing Horse Club in Edinburgh, things have taken off for Daniel. In August 2008, when he was 17, he became one of the youngest finalists in the So You Think Youíre Funny? comedy competition at the Edinburgh Fringe. At 19, after his Fringe debut, he made his first TV appearance on Paul OíGradyís show. His gig at Londonís Soho Theatre made him the youngest stand-up to perform solo at the theatre and also in the West End.

The BBC came calling, filming a pilot called The Adventures of Daniel. It wasnít taken up by the channel despite a good response and viewing figures but Daniel has shrugged off the setback and is keen on doing comedy acting in the future. Last year, his Fringe show The Joker sold out its month-long run at the 400-seat Assembly Venue. He also won Best New Comedian at the Scottish Variety Awards 2011 and has just returned from a tour of South-East Asia. Next Wednesday, heíll be at The Stand in Edinburgh for a Burns Night Special. Heís doing several warm-up shows for the DVD around the country and will be at the Stirling Tolbooth Arts Centre on March 15.
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