EP46 – Daniel Sloss – What is it like being a full time comedian as a teenager?

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EP46 – Daniel Sloss – What is it like being a full time comedian as a teenager?


Total run time: 1 hour 39 mins 22 secs.

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About Daniel Sloss…

Daniel Sloss (@Daniel_Slossis a comedian who is noteworthy because he became a professional live performer while still in his teens. He was the youngest comedian to perform a solo season in London’s West End aged 19 and also signed a DVD deal with BBC WW’s 2Entertain label. He was also commissioned by the BBC for a broadcast sitcom pilot The Adventures of Daniel, and has appeared on US Television programmes including The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Conan

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Here’s a list of questions we covered…

Being a young comedian…


  • How did you begin in comedy at the age of 16? [3 mins 57 secs]
  1. The Stand Comedy Club
  • Do you ever think people won’t take you seriously if you do a joke with substance because you’re young? [35 mins 25 secs]
  • What is the worst show you’ve done? [38 mins 26 secs]


  • How did you write for Frankie Boyle for Mock The Week at the age of 16? [5mins 38 secs]
  • Why are you avoiding becoming “mainstream”? [23 mins 43 secs]
  1. Peter Kay
  2. Louis CK
  3. George Carlin
  4. Bill Burr
  5. Bo Burnham
  6. Tig Nataro
  7. Maria Bamford
  8. Michael McIntyre

Edinburgh Fringe Festival…

  • You’ve been going to Edinburgh since 2007, how have you found it has changed for you? [7 mins 18 secs]
  • You were one of the youngest-ever finalists in the UK’s premier So You Think You’re Funny? comedy competition at age 17. Did that help your career? Competitions can often be double edged swords? [7 mins 18 secs]
  • The awards take place at the end of the fringe, so did winning the award help with audience? [11 mins 35 secs]
      • When putting together your first hour you were 2 years into comedy… how many gigs had you done? Did you feel ready for it or was it a management decision and you went with it?
      • You sold out your Edinburgh run, what do you credit that to?
      • How many gigs had you done in your first year of performing before going to Edinburgh? [13 mins 30 secs]
  • You’ve done a new Edinburgh show for the last 5 years… are you finding it hard to preview, bed down and write an hour a year on top of touring the previous show and doing spots on TV shows? [1 hour 1 mins 12 secs]


  • How did you find the “right” management?
  • What were you looking for? Were you even looking for management?


  • The Adventures of Daniel. How did that sitcom pilot come about? [22 mins]


  • You’re about to go to America and you’ve done a bunch of TV appearances… are you trying to “break America”?



  • How did MUFF come about? [16mins]
  • Iain Coyle’s podcast
  • What do you want out of MUFF? [16mins]



TED Talk…


  • Your thoughts on a joke and censorship? Do you think it has got better or worse since 2012? [25 mins 32 secs]
  • You said a joke is just a joke… why didn’t that defence cover Dapper Laughs? [26 mins 35 secs]
  • You came out about Dapper Laughs, do you think people were too harsh on him on reflection? [26 mins 35 secs]
  • Do you think the media treats “offensive” jokes in a bad way? How would you improve on it? [26 mins 35 secs]


Final questions…


  • What are the best books on comedy, writing, stand up etc you’ve read? [1 hour 08 mins 20 secs]


      • I killed
      • “A bunch of road comics got together and discussed dying on stage and I think it’s important for comedians to hear about people they admire doing badly.”


  • Best show you’ve ever seen? [1 hour 08 mins 20 secs]
  1. Bo Burnham – What
  • What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made and how did you get over it? [1 hour 10 mins]
  • What is the most interesting thing you do that nobody else ever seens? [1 hour 11 mins 03 secs]
  1. Watch Pete Holmes: Nice Try, the Devil!
  2. Talking Shop Podcast
  3. ComCom Pod
  4. Bill Burrs podcasts
  5. The Dollop


  • When you look back over your career, what memory makes you most happy? [1 hour 13 mins]
  • What do you think is the biggest problem in the comedy industry and how would you go about solving it? [1 hour 13 mins 46 secs]
  • If you had an extra hour in the day, how would you spend it? [1 hour 15 mins 22 secs]
  • Best bit of advice you’ve ever been given?  [1 hour 15 mins 22 secs]
  • Best bit of advice you would give a comedian who wants to make a career in comedy? [1 hour 16 mins 40 secs]
  • Biggest lesson of the last year. [1 hour 17 mins 22 secs]
  • If you could go back to give yourself one bit of advice before your first gig… what would it be? [1 hour 17 mins 50 secs]




Simon Caine is a comedian, author, podcaster, writer and social media manager. He's the host of the Ask The Industry Podcast (iTunes link) , writer of jokes for Twitter and teller of gags on the London comedy scene. He's also the person writing this and it is taking all his willpower not to make a "Simon Says" joke.
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