MY JOKE HAS SPLIT UP 2500 COU­PLES.. SOFAR

Net­flix make comic a global hit within days

Daily Record - - NEWS - BY RICK FUL­TON r.ful­ton@dai­lyrecord.co.uk

COMIC Daniel Sloss made his Net­flix de­but four days ago – and claims he has helped split up at least 2500 cou­ples since then. The 28-year-old from Fife, who now lives in Ed­in­burgh, has made an in­ter­na­tional im­pact since stream­ing of two of his stand-up spe­cials, Dark and Jig­saw, started on Tues­day in 190 coun­tries and 26 lan­guages. He’s trend­ing world­wide – and a lot of it’s to do with one of his jokes in Jig­saw. Daniel said: “The joke is 20 min­utes long and was never in­tended to break cou­ples up. It’s just a joy­ous ef­fect of it. “It’s a love let­ter to sin­gle peo­ple, point­ing out that most of the time be­ing sin­gle is bet­ter than be­ing in a re­la­tion­ship.

“Turns out it res­onates with peo­ple so much they’re dump­ing their s*** part­ners.

“Be­fore Net­flix, the tally was 500. It’s now more than 2500 – and those are only the con­firmed numbers, peo­ple who have mes­saged me.

“I wouldn’t be shocked if it was four times higher.”

One of the many fans who have tweeted him wrote: “I wanted to say you can add a di­vorce from a three-year emo­tion­ally abu­sive mar­riage to your list.

“I just fin­ished watch­ing your show and I was hav­ing doubts about whether or not I had made the right de­ci­sion.

“How­ever, the ques­tions and sit­u­a­tions you brought up con­firmed that it’s OK to say that I de­serve bet­ter.”

Daniel, who is sin­gle, admit­ted not all of the feed­back is pos­i­tive.

He said: “A bloke threat­ened to punch me in Ed­in­burgh last year. He said, ‘I bought my girl­friend and her best friend tick­ets to your show. She came back and dumped me and said, ‘Ask Sloss’, so what the f***?’”

While Daniel thinks he’s do­ing a pub­lic ser­vice by help­ing peo­ple in un­happy re­la­tion­ships to split up, other fans tell him Jig­saw re­minded them how much they love their part­ners.

But he joked: “Those statis­tics aren’t funny.”

The break-ups have helped spread the word about Daniel’s stand-up rou­tines on Net­flix.

The stream­ing com­pany never give out view­ing fig­ures but have been so pleased with the suc­cess that they put him on a huge bill­board along Sun­set Boule­vard in Los Angeles.

Daniel, who did his first stand-up show aged 17, said see­ing his face on one of Amer­ica’s most fa­mous streets was “weird and amaz­ing”.

He joked: “I have no idea why peo­ple say suc­cess is hum­bling. So far it has been noth­ing other than an ego boost, which I did not need.”

The stand-up is about to take his lat­est show Daniel Sloss: X on tour to 25 coun­tries in Europe. He’ll per­form a string of Scot­tish dates in Novem­ber and six nights at Lon­don’s Soho The­atre.

At the start of next year, he will play 17 nights in New York, be­fore head­ing to fes­ti­vals in Aus­tralia.

Daniel’s Dark and Jig­saw can be streamed on Net­flix now. For more info on his tour, go to daniel­sloss.com.

MAK­ING IT BIG Net­flix have given Daniel Sloss a huge bill­board on Sun­set Boule­vard

DARK HU­MOUR Daniel, who is about to go on tour, says split­ting up cou­ples is a ‘joy­ous ef­fect’ of his joke

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