Want relationship advice? Go stream Daniel Sloss' stand-up on Netflix
Daniel Sloss is just 28 years old, but he understands more about relationships, sharing and parenting, than a lot of people to have lived on earth. Netflix released his live shows, 'Dark' and 'Jigsaw', in 190 countries and 26 languages, recently. (Thank you for that). Amidst the other lukewarm content, Daniel's is like a hot pan. By the end of 'Jigsaw' you'll become emotionally independent, or at least think you have become.
Sloss juggles between tragedy and comedy, makes you uncomfortable
'Dark', the first stand-up special, stays true to its name. Though he asserts it isn't dark, it totally is. It's edgy, unapologetic and sometimes offensive. Sloss switches from comedy to tragedy often, and the silence in the auditorium testifies the viewers are uncomfortable, as intended. And then BAM! Sloss hits with another punchline to prove why no one should get offended by his jokes.
Sloss ensures his art doesn't console you
In 'Dark', he likens 'Facebook vegans' to ISIS, explains US' gun problem, speaks about his extremely intelligent liberal parents, and how he deals with tragedy. Never are the punchlines soft, but they are funny all throughout. Art isn't supposed to console you, right?
And then 'Jigsaw' happens and relationship advice follows
Now that the fact is established that Sloss is intelligent, despite him contradicting this, here's what his stand up act actually does. It forces you to think about relationships you are conditioned to be happy in. He explains the purpose of life with a jigsaw (hence the name). Only the photo of the puzzle is lost, and you are left to fend for yourselves.
Everyone is stuck in their own jigsaw-puzzle, even your partner
Sloss says since we are told happiness = partner, we spend most of the time looking for one. In this quest, the corners of the puzzle, family, friends, career and hobbies, are given lesser spaces. It's also important to note that the person you are with, is struggling to complete their puzzle. So basically, two clueless people look for happiness in one other.
Sloss asks two questions, which you should too
The result of two clueless people trying hard to fit into others' lives? A disaster (No surprises there). He highlights when it finally dawns that we aren't happy in our relationships, there are two questions to address. One, "Have I wasted years?" and the second "Am I ready to waste the rest of my life?". Answer the first one, and get out people. Always.
Let this be known: Sloss doesn't despise true love
At one point, Sloss explains he isn't against love. He himself wants to be a father someday. But, reiterates this: The worst thing you can do in your life is to spend it with the wrong human being. Truer words have never been spoken. If you have found love, good for you. If not, there are over 7 billion people in the world, Sloss asserts.
Sloss shows life and relationships in new light
Sloss talking about relationships is spot on, the freedom from an unhappy relationship is what everyone needs. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. You need to watch his act to feel free, and all kinds of amazing, because he is fabulous.