November 25, 2017

Announcement: MUFF – A new (6-part) internet based, comedian led, community sourced, bullshit-free sitcom

MUFF Lawrence+Theo+JP+Charlie+Christian Photo by Trudy Stade

 

Who doesn’t love M.U.F.F? Everybody in the country loves MUFF. That’s why MUFF Productions is the biggest and most successful T.V. company in the whole damn country, and, the world. The shows are watched and adored by almost every citizen in the country. Why? Because it doesn’t change. It doesn’t try new ideas. It finds a formula and sticks to it. It finds other peoples formulas and sticks to them as well. Nobody likes originality, as everything original has been done, right? People like loads of different types of pizza, but at the end of the day, they all still fucking love pizza.
The problem with making dumb television, television that doesn’t cause your audience to do those tough things like think or learn, is that it will eventually begin to dumb down everybody that watches it. And if everyone watches it, that means everybody is a fucking moron. And this is how MUFF inadvertently caused the apocalypse. Whoops. Soz guys.
Our show starts before the apocalypse though, when we follow Lawrence (Daniel Sloss) as he starts his first day as an intern at MUFF Productions. Lawrence is a liberal douche, the kind of guy that will let you know he’s a feminist because he knows who Germaine Greer is and only watches lesbian porn. He’s also totally against racism, and all those other bad things that happen to people who aren’t white, middle-class and male. He doesn’t tolerate intolerance.
Lawrence has an idea of what television should be. It should be art. An art form that has the ability to make it’s captive audience think and feel and love and learn. Television is the centre of most peoples lives, and when they’re that captivated by it, it’s your responsibility to give them the best possible product. Something that challenges and engages their brains.
Well, at least that’s what Lawrence thinks, but what the fuck does he know? J.P. (Tom Stade) is the head honcho at MUFF Productions. He and his merry band of morons are responsible for the most popular TV shows in the past 15 years. Shows that Lawrence thinks are tedious, repetitive and insulting. But the public adore it.
MUFF follows Lawrence as he starts his journey into TV. Where he quickly learns that you can either make something good or something popular. Not both. MUFF would rather make money.
The show is rude, offensive and stupid. Most of the time it’s not going to make much sense, but sense has never really had much place in MUFF. The world that J.P. and his crew live in is very different to the world of logic and reason. A world which engulfs Lawrence and ends up dragging him down kicking and screaming as he slowly begins to question how strong his morals truly are. This is not a redemption story. This is not a “Hero saves the day” story. This is a story about how Television ended the world…

PRODUCTION AND CAST
The show’s real life producers are Charlie Parker and Joe McTernan, Broken Blonde, the guys responsible for Tom Stade’s Come Fringe Yourself. Charlie and Joe will also be playing two of the characters in the MUFF boardroom, along with Tom Stade and Daniel Sloss, as above.
The cast also includes Wayne Mazadza and Jojo Sutherland. And many other popular comedians playing cameo roles in all of MUFF’s terrible TV shows.

THE PROJECT
After coming up with the idea, we very quickly realised that no one in television or in their right mind would possibly fund this as a show. Fortunately, most of our fans are nowhere near in their right mind, so we realised that it could, conceivably, be quite possible to fund this by crowdsourcing. To make a show funded by our fans, for our fans, where we get to create something that we think they’d love but without any sponsors or execs being concerned about the content.
The average 6 part TV show in the UK costs about £120,000 per episode to make and close to a million squids (or something) to do a series. We’re asking for nowhere near that. We sat down, added up costs of crew, production and advertising and it came to over 50 grand. So we binned that list and decided not to pay people. We’re attempting to raise 20 grand or more to fund this, any money we don’t make, Daniel Sloss and Tom Stade will be taking no fee and contributing their own money to help it get made. That’s how much we want this to be an actual thing.
We will be using Indie Go Go as our main form of contribution, offering fans to contribute as much or as little as they want based on a very unfair reward scheme. Even if it’s as little as 5 or 10 pounds, everyone who contributes gets to download all 6 episodes. And they can do with those episodes what ever they god damn please. Wanna sell it your friends? Go ahead. Want to screen all episodes in a cinema and make a profit. FUCKING DO IT. This is not made for profit. This is made for fun.
The idea is to make something pure. It’s not going to be perfect. But it’s going to be how we imagined it. Without advertisers, sponsors or department heads getting involved telling us what we can and can’t say because they don’t trust their audience to be smart enough to take the jokes in the way they’re intended. We like the fact that the only people that are capable of cancelling the sitcom, are the very people funding it. We have no idea if this is going to work. This could be a massive failure. But we’re all going to throw our best at it and if we get away with it, the future of film and television could be very fucking interesting.
MUFF will be filming in December 2014-January 2015 in Edinburgh. And then being edited and shortly thereafter heading to a handheld device, computer, iPad, Xbox or robot near you.

Facebook – MUFFProductions
Twitter – @MUFFPRODUCTIONS
YouTube – MUFF Productions
Press contact – PRESS@mza-artists.com
Production contact – charlie@brokenblonde.com
Help fund us at http://igg.me/at/muffproductions

Daniel tapes “DRUNK HISTORY” and “DARA O’BRIAIN’S GO 8BIT”

Daniel has recently recorded episodes of Drunk History and Dara O’Brian;s Go 8Bit for UK TV and both are due to air in the spring of 2017. 

Daniel makes 6th appearance on Conan

Daniel Sloss: DARK – Daniel makes his solo New York debut in February 2016 with extra shows in L.A.

Direct from another massive Edinburgh fringe (performing to over 10,000 people for the 5th year in a row), touring for over 80 dates throughout Britain and across 15 countries in Europe as well as a London run, Daniel brings his solo show DARK to the USA in February 2016.

NEW YORK
Soho Playhouse  “DANIEL SLOSS: DARK” 9-13 February 2016
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LOS ANGELES
Westside Comedy Theatre “DANIEL SLOSS: DARK” 16+23 February 2016
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Daniel Sloss talks stories, stand-up, sitcom and Scotland

The still-young Fife-born comic has done a lot in recent times. He’s co-written an online indie sitcom called MUFF, conducted a TED-style talk about the nature of stories, performed stand-up on late-night US TV show, Conan, and written a new stand-up set entitled Dark. Here, he answers questions about all of those things, and a wee bit more.

I hear you’re sick of people calling your comedy ‘dark’: what do you think they see in your work that could be described as dark? What constitutes dark humour for you?
I talk about death, God (or the lack thereof, if you have any common sense), drugs, sex and lots of other things, and I’m comfortable talking about them. I’ll also sometimes challenge ideas and spout my opinion, which people are obviously allowed to disagree with, but don’t expect me to give a shit. I only claim to be a comedian, not a genius. People who get offended by comedy are idiots, there are no other words for them (there are: ‘cunts’). You don’t get to listen to a comedian’s joke and say ‘he / she wasn’t joking’. I think people see comedians like Jim Jefferies, Louis CK, Amy Schumer etc. are really funny, but also genuinely honest about themselves, their insecurities. A lot of people are too scared to be honest, so seeing someone else do it freaks them out.

Unless they turned the background sound right down, it seemed like you had a very tough crowd at the TEDx Talk you did on stories: what was your experience of doing that?
Could have been a tough crowd. Could’ve been the fact that there were only 25 audience members in a 200-seat lecture theatre in the afternoon. It wasn’t a comedy gig or interactive talk and I was the only one mic’d up. But who’s to say…

The first Conan you did: was it scary or just fine? Would you ever consider pitching up in the US for an extended period to try and crack it there?
It was great. It’s an incredibly supportive show. Everyone backstage is on your side and really friendly. I don’t think I’d ever move to America. I love Scotland. I love Edinburgh. And I can’t see any reason for me to move there; I don’t mind visiting a lot, but my entire life is in Scotland and I have no intention of ever changing that.

What’s the latest with MUFF?
We’re technically behind schedule, but also not, considering it’s our show and we don’t have any contracts. We want it out, but we don’t want to rush it. Hopefully it’ll be out by September.

What kind of stuff are you tackling in Dark?
God, tampons, chilli, drugs, death, your mum.

In House of Cards, Frank Underwood gave up videogames for painting figurine civil war soldiers. What do you picture yourself doing in the future should you ever drop the habit?
Killing myself.

You’ve never especially dabbled in politics on stage: does politics bore you too much to find comedy in it? Do you think it’s an area you might see yourself ever talking about?
I just can’t pretend to give a shit about it. It bores me and I don’t know enough about it. I like talking about things I’m passionate about, and I feel nothing for politics, because I’m an out of touch moron.

Daniel Sloss’ Dark is at EICC, Edinburgh, 6–30 Aug (not 17, 25) and on tour from 18 Sep

From: https://edinburghfestival.list.co.uk/article/72865-daniel-sloss-brings-dark-to-edinburgh-before-hitting-the-road-in-the-autumn/

Virgin Inflight mag chat

Virgin Inflight mag RUBY had a chat to Daniel about his new show DARK which has its world premiere at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
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Read the article on-line here (page 4) http://issuu.com/rcastle/docs/virgin_atlantic_ruby___july_2015
Tickets available from £10 (or even less if you book on the Fringe 2-4-1 days!):
Also – stay tuned for details of Daniel’s 70 date tour this autumn – check the gigs list for updates…

 

Hyde Park – Wednesday 24th June

As part of the Barclaycard British Summertime Festival in Hyde Park, Daniel will be appearing alongside his best comedy mates Ed Byrne, Jimeoin, Gina Yashere and Steven K Amos.

More information and tickets available soon at: http://www.bst-hydepark.com/events/detail/ed-byrne

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Fourth Conan appearance

Conan O’Brian certainly has a soft spot for Daniel, inviting him back for an incredible 4th appearance on Feb 24th 2015

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Interabang Interview, LA

Interbang Short Set

Interbang Short Set

 

The IBang: Some Americans may not know that you are a Scottish Comedian who started stand up when you were 16 and you already have a really impressive list of TV credits including and The Late Late Show. How are you finding your time in America and what’s the difference in the comedy scene?

: Scene wise, obviously there is a lot more opportunity here, in the states. There are probably only four clubs in the whole of Scotland that are really good. You guys can legitimately get up two or three times a night to do stand up, which is really fun to do. The crowds over here are also a lot more patient. In Scotland you have to win your audience over, where as the standard American crowd is very nice and supportive. They are willing you to do well from the start, where as in Scotland you absolutely have to win the audience over. In Scotland or in the UK, I sort of have to go on and do my best material right off the top to win over the crowd and prove that I’m funny because the audience doesn’t always trust the comedian. Whereas over here, they are just like, ‘Yeah, we want you to do so well!’ It’s amazing. But it kind of catches me off guard. Looking down at the audience and their smiling faces and I haven’t even said anything, yet.

The IBang: So, you’re out in LA right now, right?

: I’ve been here for a week so far, I’ll be here for about two months all together. It’s nice, but it’s weird. Whenever I talk to someone about LA and they ask me how it is, and they’ll say, ‘It’s LA, isn’t it?’ It’s weird that that is a phrase, but it it’s just very LA and even saying that is a very sort of LA thing. I love it a lot. There is so much to do and the weather is amazing. But the one thing that really freaks me out, and this is one of the differences between Americans and Brits is you guys are just so fucking friendly all the time and it’s so hard to tell when you’re being insincere. It catches me so off guard. In Scotland and the UK, you don’t talk to strangers because fuck ‘em, they’re strangers. Why would you give a shit about their day? But here, people ask you about your day and then they listen and they care about the answer. The accent is so friendly that if you were that friendly in the UK, it would be sarcastic. People are like, “Hey, how are you?” and I’m just like, “Fuck you, how am I?… Ohhh, you’re being nice, oh sorry.”

 

The IBang: So, have you been to New York, because I’m wondering if that would maybe feel a little more comfortable… [laughing]

Daniel Sloss: I haven’t been to New York, but it sounds more like my kind of place.  I like when people tell me to fuck off, I know where I stand, then. You guys could just be so good at being insincere and just joking and really not give a shit, but with the American accent, I can never tell whether you’re being sarcastic. But, I mean you never are, I guess that just comes from my British thing, because if someone is being nice to you than they are probably just being a dick.

The IBang: So was this your very first Super Bowl? 

Daniel Sloss: It was the first time I’ve ever watched a full Super Bowl. I always tried to watch in the UK, but it starts at 1am and I’m not going to stay up until five in the morning to watch mostly adverts [commercials]. I’m one of those guys that just likes sports. I’ll happily watch anything if it’s on. But, I got really into it, we had a Super Bowl party at a friend’s house, it’s fun to watch. But, it’s weird to watch a sport and to not have my life threatened.

The IBang: Oh, was it a little mellow?

Daniel Sloss: Yeah, you guys are just like, “Oh yeah, well done to the other team.” I watch “Football Football” and I can’t be in the same room with someone who supports the other team because I’ll get so angry at them. Whereas, over here we were sitting in the room and there were Patriots fans and Seahawks fans and they’re just all there having a beer like this is really nice. I guess basically, my answer to most of these questions is that “Fuck me, Americans are friendly.” I’m certainly coming to the realization of how horrible my whole country is.

The IBang: So, tell me about M.U.F.F Productions. 

Daniel Sloss: Oh yeah. I’m glad you actually said “Muff…”

The IBang: Are you not supposed to say it that way?

Daniel Sloss: No, no that’s perfect. But when we came up with the name we tried to advertise it on a bunch of radio shows and newspapers and they were like, “we don’t know if we can say this.” And we were like, “Muff is not a bad word!” Originally we were going to call it C.U.N.T. The Central Unit of Network Television, but we’re glad we didn’t now. Also, that’s a word that I am well aware of is SO MUCH worse over here. The “C Word” where I am from is nothing. My mum calls me that as a term of endearment. She’ll come out and be like, “Hey cunt, how are you?” “I’m good mum, how are you?” That’s it, she loves me. It’s so weird that when I say it over here people are like, “Are you ok?”

But yes. M.U.F.F. is basically a comedian friend, , a Canadian comedian who lives in the UK, and we decided to come up with a sitcom. When we came up with the idea we knew that no one was going to let us make this, it’s too stupid. We were laughing our asses off but this is a bit too dumb. There is no way that this would appeal to a mass market. Then we were like fuck it, let’s just get our fans to fund us some money, cause if we’re making it for our fans then that’s perfect. So we went online and we crowd funded it and that went terribly. One thing I learned from the whole thing is that we did literally every single bit of it wrong. I now know exactly how not to do it. So me and Tom ended up chipping in our own money to help sort of fund it.

It’s an internet show that we’ll hopefully be releasing in about June or July. It’s about a television production company called M.U.F.F. Productions which makes television shows that are so mind-numbingly dull. Basically, it’s just like all reality TV shows. They make terrible sitcoms, but obviously the shows are hugely popular, because the general public are morons. They make these shows and they are hugely popular and mind-numbingly dull that they eventually cause the end of the world. So the story follows my character Lawrence, he’s this liberal guy, kind of up his own ass. He claims to be an artist and thinks television is an art form and should be this and that. So he turns up to M.U.F.F. Productions and realizes that you can make good TV shows, but they don’t make any money, so you might as well go on to make some shit, because at least then you’ll be a millionaire. So, he goes in there and slowly tries to fix it, but it just gets worse. The reason I find it all so fun is because it was just me and the guys that wrote this (Tom Slate, , and ) and we would sit there and wonder if this show was too stupid. Then we’d just go fuck it, it’s us and no one is here to tell us what we can do. It will really be an untarnished vision of what we want. Which may work out for the worst. It may be fucking terrible and people will say, “Well yeah, you really do need those executives there.”

I just know that when we were making it and we watched the clips we laughed our asses off. We were on the floor laughing. We know there are some people that are going to fucking hate this show, but as long as the people that we want to like it actually like it, then we’re happy. We got annoyed that some people when we were making it tried to call it offensive, we’re not trying to be offensive. I don’t consider myself an offensive comedian, I don’t like that sort of thing. I don’t go out with the intention of offending an audience, sometimes I do, but that’s never my intention, that’s not my job. My job is to make them laugh. Sometimes I talk about taboo subjects and I’ll discuss them. Obviously there will be times when the audience chooses to get offended, but the one important thing that everyone needs to remember is that if you’re offended by something, no one gives a shit, that’s your problem. And because we are releasing this show online for free, nobody can complain. In order to watch it, you literally have to go to our website and watch it.

Daniel Sloss: At the moment we’re just going to work on getting it to muffproductions.com and muffproductions.co.uk, follow on Facebook and Twitter for more information. Actually, we found it funny that celebrities were complaining about their shows being watched online and we were like, wouldn’t it be funny if we could make something that you could only illegally download? That’s basically what we said to all our fans, is that if you want to burn this show and give it to all your friends, if you want to watch it in a cinema, if you want to fucking sell it, go ahead, we don’t give a shit. We made it because we wanted it to be made, after that whatever happens to it, who cares.

The IBang: Are there any other future projects that you are working on right now?

Daniel Sloss: I’m working on some stuff with Conaco [ O’Brien’s production company]. I have a development deal with them, so we’ll hopefully be working on some stuff, but not exactly sure what’s going on there. It’s all very interesting though, because I’m doing all of the LA meetings. I walk in and everyone tells me I’m great, and yeah, it’s kind of nice. Other than that, my year is really full with a lot of the same stuff. I do stand up in the clubs and then I work towards doing the Edinburgh Festival every year. I do my new hour there every year and this will be my seventh hour. I just think that it’s now that standard “ thing” where Louie, and I’m a huge fan, but he came out and said that you have to do a new hour every year and every American comic was like, “Oh my God, that is such a great idea,” and we all sat in Britain going, “Dude, that’s what we’ve been doing forever.” A lot of the British comedy scene revolves around the Edinburgh Festival, so you’re either working towards it, or touring the show afterwards. So, if I want to be as good of a comedian as and , and , and Patton Oswald and all these other comedians that I love, I need to do the Festival every year.

A bright future for his dark material

Lovely article in the Sunday Times Supplement:

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