Observational skills – and a skill for how to offend someone and make them laugh simultaneously – have brought Daniel Tosh a lot of success, both on television and in the stand-up comedy he still pursues despite a lot of fame.
“I’ve always tried to be in the moment, just kind of acknowledging what’s going on, and talk about everything,” Tosh said in an interview with the Columbus Dispatch.
Tosh brings his comedy Dec. 12 to the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino.
He is best known for “Tosh.0,” the Comedy Central show that he has hosted since 2009. It features clips from around the Internet, which Tosh often eviscerates with boundary-pushing humor.
Tosh gives few press interviews – he is instead a prolific tweeter. Yet, if he has a most popular quote about his style, it’s from an Entertainment Weekly interview where he said, “I’m not a misogynistic and racist person, but I do find those jokes funny, so I say them.”
Tosh also acknowledged in an interview with the Santa Barbara (Calif.) Independent that Facebook and Twitter are big reasons why his show has been a success.
“Both Facebook and Twitter have given us the interaction with fans and given them the opportunity to feel like they are part of the show,” Tosh said. “They have also obviously realized that the meaner they are, the more likely they are to be mentioned on the show. It’s pretty funny.”
Though he was born in Germany, Tosh spent most of his life in Florida, including earning a marketing degree from the University of Central Florida, before moving to Los Angeles early in his life to try stand-up comedy. A 2001 performance on the David Letterman show was his first shot at mainstream success, and other appearances on popular TV and radio shows followed.
As he told the Dispatch, the offer for “Tosh.0” “kind of fell in my lap.” Among the segments on the show is one called Web Redemption, where he shows a clip of someone failing in some way and invites them to go onto the show and redeem themselves from whatever sports or personal mishap befell them.
It isn’t just current events or viral videos that make up Tosh’s humor. He also talks about his personal life, including growing up as the son of a minister.
“I’ve (since) apologized to him,” Tosh told the Dispatch of his relationship with his father. “I can’t imagine him having to listen to me all the time, especially a young version of me. He’s turned a blind eye to most of my ridiculous behavior.”
As for his stand-up show, don’t expect much rehash from the TV work. Tosh told the Independent that there is very little of “Tosh.0” that is incorporated into his live act.
“Sometimes I forget how successful my show has become,” he said. “My stand-up is obviously still very much ‘me’ and my humor, but (the tours year-to-year) are completely different. I never want to cannibalize my act. I’m not a huge fan of repeating jokes, and I don’t really do any of my old material from old stand-up acts.”
Fans who want to hear or see that material over and over again can find it with his discography, which includes “True Stories I Made Up” from 2005, the DVD of his “Completely Serious” comedy special in 2007, and the CD/DVD release of his comedy special “Happy Thoughts,” in 2001.
And, as befits a person who has to scour the vast web to find material for a show every week, Tosh told the Independent what makes him laugh: “Everything, anything. Life is so funny sometimes.”