Stand-up comedian Daniel Sloss’s routine has resurfaced after he was the “only comedian” to go on record talking about Russell Brand.
On Saturday (September 16), actor Brand was accused of sexually assaulting four women between 2006 and 2013. The allegations were made in a joint investigation by The Times, The Sunday Times and Channel 4’s Dispatches.
Brand vehemently denied the allegations, insisting that his previous relationships were “absolutely always consensual”.
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Scottish artist Sloss featured in both Dispatch documentary and Times,” where he stated that he first heard rumors of Brando’s alleged behavior more than 10 years ago.
The 33-year-old said female comics have formed online groups to warn each other about men to avoid in the comedy industry.
“I know women have been warning each other about Russell for many, many years,” he said. “I know there are comedians who make reference to Russell’s alleged crimes in jokes and have either been asked or told not to do those jokes anymore.”
In response to his involvement in the report, fans referred to Sloss as “a rare true ally” in the comedy industry.
Many shared a clip from his 2019 HBO special Xin which Sloss discusses the importance of talking about sexual assault.
At the end of the special, Sloss talks about an incident where his girlfriend was raped by another of his friends. The attack is not related to the charges against Brando.
“I knew the man for eight years and he did the hell out of it,” Sloss said. “There are monsters among us and they look like us.
Sloss then said that men need to “get involved” and actively call out their friends for misogynistic behavior.
“Don’t make the same mistake I did for years, which was to sit back and say, ‘I’m not part of the problem, therefore I must be part of the solution,’ because that’s just not how it works. fucking works,” he said.
“I believe and know deep down that most men are good, of course we are. But if one of the 10 men is a jerk and the other nine don’t do anything, then they shouldn’t be there either. Being good on the inside counts for absolutely fucking everything. You have to actively do good and get involved.”
In the clip, Sloss continued, “Instead of having this hero complex and being like, ‘I’m going to beat up a thug’ — stop one damn thing, stop one. I know it can be done because I know how the fuck I failed at it.
“Because if I’m being 100% honest with myself, have there been signs in my boyfriend’s behavior with women over the years that I’ve been ignoring? The answer is yes, and then he raped my boyfriend, and that’s on me until the day I die.”
Sloss began performing comedy as a teenager and was mentored by Frankie Boyle during his first Edinburgh Fringe run aged 17.
At 19, comic Fife became the youngest comedian to play a solo season in London’s West End. It has two Netflix specials titled Dark and Jigsawand appeared on American chat shows such as Conan.
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