Daniel Dwight Tosh (born May 29, 1975) is a German-born, American stand-up comedian, television host, actor, voice actor, writer, and executive producer. He hosts the Comedy Central television show Tosh.0. Born in Boppard, Rhineland-Palatinate, West Germany, Tosh grew up in Titusville, Florida, the son of a preacher. After graduating from Astronaut High School in 1993, Tosh attended the University of Central Florida, graduating in December 1996 with a degree in marketing. Among his first jobs was a telemarketer at Central Florida Research Park. He said later, "Hey, $15 an hour to annoy people! I really was not preparing myself for the future at all. I had interviews lined up. I sat through one real interview and I was like, 'I wouldn't hire me.' I left halfway through the orientation. That's the closest thing I ever got to a real job." Tosh moved to Los Angeles, but attributes his decision to work in comedy to being raised in Florida, which he considers "flat, hot, and dumb". He started touring the comedy club circuit almost immediately after graduating college. He appeared as one of the New Faces at the 1998 Just for Laughs in Montreal. His act was televised in 2000 in Montreal at the Théâtre Saint-Denis. Tosh's first big career break came in 2001 with a performance on the Late Show with David Letterman. He also made appearances on programs such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Comedy Central's Premium Blend. He hosted a local late-night comedy show in Florida called Ten, and served as a spokesman in Taco Bell commercials. Tosh has also been a regular guest on radio shows such as The Bob & Tom Show, Loveline and Kevin and Bean. In 2003, he performed in his own 30-minute special on Comedy Central Presents. On June 17, 2007, Comedy Central aired his stand-up special: Daniel Tosh: Completely Serious. He also hosted an episode of Comedy Central's Live at Gotham. Tosh appeared in an episode of MTV's Punk'd as a criminal who broke into Mekhi Phifer's car. He also played a fictional version of himself on Elevator produced by HBO's Runawaybox and had a small role as Cowboy Hat in the feature film The Love Guru starring Mike Myers. Tosh had said he planned to end his career on his 38th birthday, May 29, 2013. He said he would do this by committing suicide or retiring to the beach. He kept a countdown clock on his website, DanielTosh.com, that gave the number of days, minutes, and seconds until his 38th birthday which is when "Daniel's Groundhog Day Ends," a reference to the Bill Murray film. Tosh has described a comic's routine life on the road as "Groundhog Day." On his 38th birthday Tosh's fans overwhelming voted that Tosh had "made it" as a star and therefore should continue his life and career. His latest special, Happy Thoughts, premiered on Comedy Central on March 6, 2011, with 3.25 million viewers and a 1.9/5 share. It was later released on DVD as well. Tosh is the voice of Malloy in the Comedy Central animated sitcom Brickleberry, and is also one of the show’s executive producers.
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