MY JOKE HAS SPLIT UP 2500 COUPLES.. SOFAR
Netflix make comic a global hit within days
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