One of this generation's hottest and boldest young comedians presents a transgressive and hilarious analysis of all of our dysfunctional relationships, and attempts to point us in the vague direction of sanity.
Daniel Sloss's stand-up comedy engages, enrages, offends, unsettles, educates, comforts, and gets audiences roaring with laughter—all at the same time. In his groundbreaking specials, seen on Netflix and HBO, he has brilliantly tackled everything from male toxicity and friendship to love, romance, and marriage—and claims (with the data to back it up) that his on-stage laser-like dissection of relationships has single-handedly caused more than 300 divorces and 120,000 breakups.
Now, in his first book, he picks up where his specials left off, and goes after every conceivable kind of relationship—with one's country (Sloss's is Scotland); with America; with lovers, ex-lovers, ex-lovers who you hate, ex-lovers who hate you; with parents; with best friends (male and female), not-best friends; with children; with siblings; and even with the global pandemic and our own mortality. In Everyone You Hate Is Going to Die, every human connection gets the brutally funny (and unfailingly incisive) Sloss treatment as he illuminates the ways in which all of our relationships are fragile and ridiculous and awful—but also valuable and meaningful and important.
Scottish comedian Sloss riffs on all kinds of relationships in his gleefully profane debut. Building on his stand-up material, he muses about his parents, siblings, friends, romantic partners, homeland, and America: "the greatest country in the world, according to very little evidence." While he packs in the punch lines, he doesn't shy away from serious subjects like discomfort around grief or the inevitability of death, writing with tenderness about his beloved younger sister, Josie, who had cerebral palsy and died when he was eight. ("She was my sister. Not yours. My grief. Back the fuck off... I'll cry you under the table.") A chapter on toxic partners explores the importance of learning how to be alone; another reflects on the responsibilities of male camaraderie: "Men need to keep other men in line because when women try to do it they're called insane." Not all chapters are as tight as his onstage deliveries as evidenced by offhand comments including "I don't know what my point is with that story" but Sloss has great fun with the form, adding cheeky footnotes and wondering how many references to sex he can cram in before his publisher objects. (A lot, it turns out.) Fans of his comedy and those with a soft spot for irreverent banter will find much to enjoy, and some insights, too.