Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss claims his 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival show So? was responsible for breaking up relationships left right and centre. This year, he returns to Melbourne with his new show Now, where instead of dissecting audiences' relationships, he has turned his attention inwards in an attempt to determine whether he is a sociopath and if he is, is it such a terrible thing?
has a knack of raising contentious issues but remaining in control of
the conversation and not getting carried away by the 'thrill' or the
risk of what he is talking about. There is a purpose to everything he raises; it is not being said simply to shock, but to entertain and to
The show seamlessly flows from one topic to another and Sloss' transition from
discussing the finer points of orange juice etiquette to murder feels
absolutely natural - and logical. His ability to change from being an
affable, charismatic man into a gleefully sinister creep in mere seconds is pure
joy to watch. Now
engages the audience with its relaxed conversational tone, where we can
easily picture ourselves sitting in his living room, downing beers and having a few laughs. It connects with us because we feel like we are part of the show and not having a monologue thrown at us.
The question Sloss raises throughout Now is whether or not he is a sociopath. We can all reach our own conclusions on this, but one undeniable, indisputable fact is just how skilled Sloss is at making people laugh at things they probably shouldn't and feeling good about it. Or maybe he's created an army of sociopaths and we just don't know it yet.
Venue: ACMI, Federation Square
Season: Until 22 April | Tues- Sat 9pm, Sun 8pm
Length: 70 minutes
Tickets: $26 - 32 Full | $22 Tightarse Tuesday
Bookings: MICF website