This piece was published before the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Internationally acclaimed, award-winning Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss returns to Australia with his 11th solo show 'HUBRIS'.
Daniel's last show, 'X', sold out 300 shows across 40 countries, addressing toxic masculinity, sexuality and gender. At only 29 years old, Daniel is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.
Here, Daniel answers a few questions about what can be expected.
Tell us a little bit about 'HUBRIS'. It’s my 11th solo show but the last few kind of developed a life of their own so this one is just jokes. No profound themes or thought-provoking monologues – it’s just me with a shedload of new material, trying to see how far I can push my audience's line and then drag them a little further over.
You've been performing since you were 16. Is it easy for you to continue to come up with material for new shows? Thankfully people haven’t stopped being wrong about most things so I still have a steady supply of inspiration to draw on for my material. I hate most things already and things are only getting worse.
You're renowned for covering some diverse and sometimes uncomfortable material in your work. Is there a method to how you're able to deliver this material time after time? Literally any single topic can be joked about, you just have to approach it right. If people don’t laugh at your jokes about a subject it’s because they don’t trust your intent. They either believe the jokes too much or they disbelieve your 'honesty' too little. The material isn’t weak, you are.
What do you love most about performing in Australia? I have a lot of friends in Australia as I’ve been coming over for almost ten years now. My godson lives there as well and it’s always great to see him. And the audiences, for the most part, are great.
What drew you to comedy at a young age? I have no other skills.
What advice would you give your 16-year-old self, just before you got into performing? Don’t suck.
Daniel Sloss was due to play comedy festivals which have been cancelled due to COVID-19.