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Dulcé Sloan

Dulcé Sloan

by Nicole Phillips

The Daily Show on her Start in Comedy and Evolving Personal Style

Dulcé (pronounced Dual-Say) Sloan is a name you’ll be seeing more and more as her star status continues to rise. A correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, she’s been named by Rolling Stone as one of the top 10 Comedians You Need to Know and one of Variety Magazine’s Top 10 Comedians To Watch and there’s no signs of slowing down for this rising star. Recently, her Half Hour Comedy Central Special aired and is a must-watch for anytime entertainment.

Growing up in Atlanta, Dulcé wasn’t always a fan of stand-up comedy, but through the art has been able to carve out a space to thrive all while landing a dream role on one of the most talked about shows on cable.

Here, Dulcé delves into living her dream, her evolving relationship with fashion and encouraging women trying to get into to comedy to, “stop worrying about being liked” and we’re here for all of it.

Q & A with Dulcé Sloan

You wanted to be an actor and went to school for drama — tell us more about your journey into comedy.

I am an actor. And becoming a stand-up comic got me a manager and agents and has given me the opportunity to get access to the film and TV industry that I may not have gotten if I hadn't started doing comedy. I got The Daily Show because Comedy Central and the show asked me to audition. I wrote a piece and sent in a tape and got a call back. Then I wrote another piece for the callback and found I got the job 2 hours later.

What type of topics do you cover when you’re doing stand-up?

"I" am always the topic in my stand up. My stand up is a collection of my thoughts and about myself and my interpretation of the world.

Who are some comedians that inspire you?

The first stand-up comic I remember seeing is Margaret Cho. I didn't fully understand what was going on because I was 9-years old, but I remember the feeling I got. Seeing her fill up the stage in a giant arena solidified that I wanted to be a performer when I grew up. Maria Bamford inspires me because I love how her brain works and her joke structure. She and Baron Vaughn are the only comics whose jokes pop in my head all the time and still make me laugh.

Describe your relationship with fashion.

My relationship with fashion has evolved over time. For a long time, I hated buying clothes because I have been plus sized and curvy all my life so I was in women's clothes at an early age. Now that I am a woman and there are better more fashionable options for plus size women I actually enjoy going clothes shopping.

What’s your go-to day look and what do you wear on The Daily Show?

My go-to day look is a patterned legging and solid color camisole and a shrug or cover up of a corresponding color from the legging. Or a leopard/floral print shirt and black pants. The look for Daily Show is business professional with a lot of color and prints. The wardrobe department at the show has really made an effort to find pieces that match my personal style.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

I see myself in a patterned legging and solid color camisole and a shrug or cover up of a corresponding color from the legging. Or a leopard/floral print shirt and black pant. LOL

What would you tell your 13-year-old self?

I would tell my 13-year old self: You are living your dream. You are an actor but also a stand-up comedian which you never saw coming. But you are good at it. And it is the reason you are doing what you love to do. And the best part about stand up is that you are finally around people who understand you and see the world like you do.

What advice would you give women trying to get into the industry?

I would tell other women trying to get into this industry to stop worrying about being liked. There will always be people that don't like you simply because you exist. Women have a burden of being likable placed on them at an early age and it is BS, the goal is to be funny, so go to the rooms, clubs and mics that will let you work and learn and grow.

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