Daniel Sloss likes to challenge your comfort zones. I respect comedy that finds joy and laughter out of tough and uncomfortable situations. Daniel’s style of confrontation might not suit everyone but I appreciate what he tries to achieve. Daniel knows when you are going to feel uncomfortable and there appears to be a significant part of him that enjoys it. Despite his frustration at not being Barry nominated, Daniel casually sipped his drinks as he told his tales of joy, fear and sadness at Roxanne.
There is a particular art and challenge in telling a story, at a comedy festival, which you know inherently will make an audience feel something other than outright happiness. Comedy does not have to be an hour of laughs but during an age of insta-gratification, some audiences might not enjoy “feeling” things. Daniel encourages you to laugh at his moments of sadness and vulnerability because they are his to share. Daniel labours this point at times but he seems like a clever guy and has put together a set, which is more than ‘just funny’.