Daniel Sloss named his show Dark because it had to be called something. Also, he wants to make it clear that he’s got plenty of material not fit for the telly – which he’s been on a lot.
Not that Sloss’ comedy is particularly outrageous either, though there isn’t a topic that he’d shy away from. It’s just solid stand up. It all feels familiar, which may just be because Sloss is so experienced. He’s been on stage less than a minute before he’s insulted the audience and Australia, and everyone is totally on board.
The surprising thing about Dark is just how human Sloss comes across. The show is honest in a very particular way, as the 25 year old discusses experiences in a manner beyond your typical comedian’s externalisation of an internal monologic narrative.
There is a lot of crude, borderline rude, content, though you don’t quite realise it until you’re reflecting on it after the show. Sloss is an expert, and he comes across as intelligent, witty, and professional. The requisite arrogance is there, a necessity in a profession where you fly halfway around the world and charge people upwards of $20 under the assurance you can make them laugh. And Sloss can definitely make them laugh.
Daniel Sloss – Dark – is on at Roxanne until April 17th, with no shows on Mondays. Tickets are available online and at the Roxanne box office on level two. Prices range between $20 and $29.