Daniel Tosh is an American stand up comedian, actor, writer, executive producer, and television host. He is popular for his controversial style of dark and self-reducing humour and according to him, he is not misogynistic and racist, however, he finds such jokes funny and therefore he says them. Tosh is also known for his TV show Tosh.0, which airs on Comedy Central and also considered to be one of the strongest forces when it comes to stand-up comedy tours and comedy specials. From his career to his net worth and even his personal life, we gathered details about your favourite comedian.
Daniel Tosh’s Career Beginning
Daniel Dwight Tosh was born on May 29, 1975, in Boppard, Rhineland-Palatinate, West Germany, and raised in Titusville, Florida. Son of a Presbyterian minister, he enrolled at Astronaut High School, Brevard County from where he graduated in 1993. He then proceeded to study Marketing at the University of Central California, graduating in 1996. After college graduation, Tosh worked several jobs, including as a telemarketer at Central Florida Research Park. However, working a regular job didn’t appear to be “his thing”, so he checked comedy out.
He began his career by touring the comedy club circuit and it wasn’t long until he began hosting “Tens”, a local late-night comedy show. His other gigs included a commercial for Taco Bell. In 1998, Daniel Tosh was among the “New Faces” to appear on “Just For Laughs”, the largest international comedy festival held annually in Montreal, Canada. His performance was televised in 2000 and in 2003, he made his second appearance on the show.
His Breakthrough in the Industry
Tosh moved to Los Angeles, California, in order to actively pursue his comedy career. He had a minor role in the USA Network Television series “Sins of the City” and performed on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. He eventually got his breakthrough in 2001 with an appearance on “Late Show with David Letterman“.
Thanks to his impressive performance, other shows came calling, including Jimmy Kimmel Live!. In 2003, Daniel Tosh landed his first-ever comedy special on Comedy Central Presents. He continued to perform on popular TV shows such as “Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, MTV’s Punk’d, “Best Week Ever” and “Comics Unleashed”. The talented comedian also became a regular on radio shows like “Kevin and Bean”, “The Bob & Tom Show” and “Loveline”.
In 2005, his debut comedy album, “True Stories I Made Up” was released. It was followed up with “Daniel Tosh: Completely Serious” (2007) which aired on Comedy Central. The following year in 2008, he got his first acting role in the movie “The Love Guru” which also starred Jessica Alba, Meagan Good and Justin Timberlake. The movie received negative reviews and was a box office flop, grossing only $40.9 million against a $62 million budget. As of now, the movie is Tosh’s only acting project and might remain so, as the comedian himself has confessed to being a terrible actor.
Details Of How He Achieved His $20 Million Net Worth
His acting deficiency notwithstanding, Daniel Tosh has grown to be a force to reckon with in America’s entertainment industry, thanks to his exceptional talent as a comedian, which has paid off in millions of dollars. Tosh quickly became a Comedy Central staple and in 2009, he landed his own TV show, Tosh.0, with the network, which has greatly contributed to the growth of his net worth to an estimated $20 million.
Tosh.0 focuses on the review of online viral clips, celebrities, society, and popular culture in general. It premiered on June 5, 2009, to incredibly high ratings of over 1 million viewers per episode and soon became the second-most-watched cable network show, receiving more fans among the 18–34 age group – a demographic most favourable to advertisers.
The ratings soon reached #1 and the show has been renewed ever since with its twelfth season premiered on the 17th of March 2020. Tosh.0 was sold into syndication in 2015 and began airing on local stations around the US as well as other local markets during the late-night time slot. The show’s success also makes Daniel Tosh one of the most followed celebrities on Twitter – 25.5 million as of May 2020.
Despite the incredible initial success of his Tosh.0 and performing on several sold-out tours, Tosh didn’t perceive himself as a successful comedian. As a result, he threatened to quit comedy by either committing suicide or retiring to the beach if he didn’t make it to his “standard of success” by his 38th birthday on May 29, 2013. By this time, Forbes had estimated his annual earnings at $11 million, leading many to speculate that his threat was merely a publicity stunt.
His stand up special, “Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts” premiered on Comedy Central on March 6, 2011, to 3.25 million viewers and was also released on DVD as his third comedy album. He was the executive producer and voice actor on Comedy Central’s “Brickleberry” which lasted for three seasons between 2012 and 2015, enjoying well over one million views each season.
According to a 2011 report by Forbes, all tickets printed for Tosh’s 60-date nationwide stand-up tour were sold out. Two years later, Forbes also reported, he performed at different shows, all of which were sold out at a ticket price of not less than $161.94. While it is obvious that Tosh makes a bigger percentage of his money from his comedy career, he also earns from other sources, including the sales of his merchandise, commercials and his appearance on various radio shows such as The Bob & Tom Show, Loveline, and Kevin & Bean.
Is Daniel Tosh Really Gay?
While the fame and money that comes from being a successful figure in the entertainment industry are, no doubt, the icing on the cake, the rumors that are often manufactured by the public and unleashed on these celebrities are sometimes demoralising. Daniel Tosh was once at the center of one of such rumours when news that he was gay began to make the rounds. This was as a result of his homoerotic jokes, vocal stand on the legalization of gay marriage, in addition to the fact that he has also been a staunch supporter of the LGBTQ rights movement even before it was legalized.
Amidst the rumours, David also never spoke on the subject to accept or deny it, thus, fuelling it more. However, considering the comedian’s history of dating women, the speculations about his sexual orientation seemed out of place. He was in a relationship with actress/model Megan Abrigo, which he revealed by himself on one of his comedy shows in February 2009. The couple was seen together at several red carpet events and parties before their eventual breakup.
Does He Have A Wife?
Sometime in 2016, the funnyman claimed to be in love with a certain “ballerina” who he was married to. Whether this “ballerina” was male or female no one knew and Tosh himself never bothered explaining things to his fans who were hungry for some explanations. The comedian first made a post about his “ballerina” on his personal Twitter handle in 2014 and then mentioned the secret lover again through the same medium in 2017.
Just when fans had almost given up hope of ever knowing the identity of his secret lover, TMZ came to the rescue on June 6, 2018, with a publication that revealed that the Tosh.0 star was a married man. According to the report, Daniel Tosh got married to his “ballerina” on the 15th of April 2016 at a very private ceremony held in Malibu. The comedian’s secret heartthrob turned out to be Carly Hallam, a writer on his Comedy Central TV show since 2012. She has also made several appearances on the show as an actress since it began.
Apart from her husband’s show, Carly has also worked as a writer on the American police procedural comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Also a story editor, she is a member of the Writers Guild of America and even though her major area of expertise is writing, Carly appeared in a number of movies such as New Low and Two If by Sea: The Hobgood Brothers.
The comedy writer and comedian have been extremely private about their relationship and have never been pictured together since they became an item. With both of them working in the same industry, we believe that their marriage will be full of laughter.