Daniel Sloss - My Generation
Teen comic hits home with the personal
This article is from 2010.
It’s not news most in the audience can relate to, but 19-year-old Daniel Sloss is getting on a bit. Or so he thinks he is, in only his second solo show at the Fringe.
It’s an interesting narrative for the Fife teen to follow, opening up the often repeated ‘chair groan’ observation to a whole new audience of self-conscious teenagers. Except, instead of the pain of relocating to and from furniture, it’s the terror of no longer fitting your whole hand in a Pringles tube that is Sloss’ biggest worry.
There’s a lot of growing up to do yet for Sloss though, with lazy throwaways involving Jongleurs, tropes of Essex girls and masturbation which are unmerited even in their context. It’s testament to his talent that you know he’s better than such material, yet it’s only a couple of years since ‘schoolboy humour’ wasn’t even a metaphor in his case. His most personal material comes across best, however, with insights into the family dynamic offering new ground that holds promise for next year. Even if, at 20, he may be past it.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 30 Aug (not 15), 6.40pm, £10–£11.50 (£8.50–£10).