The stage is dimly lit and a little dark, much like the name of Scottish comedian, Daniel Sloss’ new comedy show. From the outset Sloss is in fine form. At 25 he is already a veteran of the comedy circuit, beginning his career at the age of 16, and despite his ruddy cheeks and youth, his confidence and maturity is palpable.
Sloss tackles the uncomfortable topics head on; religion, disability, death, paedophilia, and cerebal palsy, along with his personal application of mouth wash, inciting laughter and genuine tears from the crowd. Where Sloss differs from other comedians using similar subject matter is that he encourages us to think carefully about what is being said. Whilst he makes fun of his lack of credentials compared to the high level of education of his parents, Sloss is highly intelligent. He doesn’t just skim the surface, but cuts deeply to the core of the subject matter.
His black humour makes the audience laugh as well as feel a breadth of emotions long after the show’s end. Daniel Sloss is one of the highlights of this year’s Comedy Festival and has a bright future ahead of him. See him in the intimate confines of Roxanne before he hits the big time.
Roxanne, 2 Coverlid Place (off Lt Bourke St, btw Russell & Exhibition St), Melbourne
Tue-Sat 7.15pm, Sun 6.15 (55 mins)
Ticketmaster 1300 660 013 & at the door
Tix Fri & Sat $29.00 Tix Wed-Thu & Sun $22, Preview & TT $20.00
until April 17th