Daniel Tosh is Not Completely Serious
by Jay S. Jacobs
Originally posted on September 9, 2007.
“I don’t have a girlfriend in every city in the country,” Daniel Tosh explains.
But some people think: why shouldn’t he? He’s young. He’s single. He’s a hip and happening stand-up comedian. The women must be lining up, right?
“When somebody brings that up, it’s such a ridiculous statement when you think of how many cities there are,” Tosh continues, a little frustrated. “Even if you had a girlfriend in every state, you’re still talking about 50 girlfriends. That doesn’t even sound appealing to me.”
He’s right. That sounds like too much work. He would have to keep names straight, keep stories straight and buy tons of gifts. It would be a logistical nightmare.
“I mean, if we could do it by region,” he acknowledges, perhaps enjoying the idea of a midwestern girl, an eastern girl, a Cali girl and a southern girl… “Five or six [quality women]. That’s way more understandable.”
So much for all those fantasies people have of a romantic life on the road for the stand-up comedians. Tosh is the first to acknowledge it’s much more sedate than most people expect.
“Typical road comics,” Tosh admits, “we just go into Barnes & Noble and sit down and read books and never purchase them.”
Not that Daniel Tosh is what anyone can call a typical road comic (well, no one can except for himself). Riding the wave of stand-up coolness for over a decade now, Tosh has had two specials on Comedy Central, released two CDs and two DVDs – the most recent being the sarcastic, surreal and very funny Completely Serious.
It’s a long way from his early years, growing up in Florida as the son of a preacher.
“Don’t keep the reins too tight on your son or he’ll grow up to be a comic,” Tosh says. “The lesson I think every parent could learn.”