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October 4, 2013


WHEN deciding a title for his current UK tour, Daniel Sloss opted for simply Stand Up.

The title sounds like an order, he laughs. But it's the opposite of what I want the audience to do. I want them to sit down and be quiet.

My last show was called The Show and my next one will probably be called Really. My shows don't have strong storylines or messages or themes, and I was sick of reviewers saying the themes didn't relate to the titles. I'm not trying to present a themed show, it's just me saying my stupid opinions to an audience - everything from homophobia to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Elaborating further he says: I call myself 'promo-sexual' - I'm not gay but want them to have the same rights as anyone else, to be able to get married, raise children, and with UFC I'm a non-violent person, I hate violence in all its forms, but I'm a fan of it, I like it ... but it has ridiculous rules that have no point at all! Daniel's had a remarkable career. When he was 14, his mum met Frankie Boyle which led to the youngster writing for Mock The Week. At 16, he made his live debut, and a year later he became the youngest ever So You Think You're Funny? competition finalist. He's since toured the UK several times, cropped up on the cream of TV comedy series, starred in his own TV show, and released a DVD.

It's going far better than I ever expected, says the now 23-year- old of his career, adding that he'd rather avoid acting for now.

I've done a little acting and I'd like to do a little more. I don't want to audition for everything, I'd like to do something with a good script and that would be fun to do. But my heart really lies with stand-up. That's what I really love doing.

I wouldn't want to do theatre - TV and film stuff. I trained as a stage actor, but being on a stage, acting, would freak me out. When I'm on stage I'm so used to the instant reaction, standing there with a microphone - me, a microphone and the audience. Sloss describes his comedic style as straight stand up.

He says: Me, a microphone and an audience. It's not really aggressive, but it can be a bit dark, and could be offensive if you're easily offended, but if you are easily offended then you should just stay at home in your house and never go out.

Daniel Sloss plays the Glee Club on Sunday from 7.30pm. Pounds 13.50/Pounds 10, 0871 472 0400,

Dave Freak

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