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With her starring roles on two Nickelodeon sitcoms and smash hit pop albums, Ariana Grande has become a major force in the entertainment world. A television star turned pop diva, Ariana Grande emerged in the mid-2010s as an heir to the throne of Mariah Carey. With powerful vocals that belied her petite frame, Grande had greater singing chops than many of her peers, and her Babyface-produced 2013 debut, Yours Truly, underscored her debt to '90s soul. Nevertheless, her music was flexible enough to incorporate hip-hop and EDM, as proved by the hit single "Problem," featuring Iggy Azalea.
In 2008, when she was 15 years old, grande landed the role of Charlotte in the Broadway production of 13; her performance was well received, winning a National Youth Theatre Association Award. Following an appearance in the 2010 Desmond Child-written musical Cuba Libre, Grande was cast as Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television program Victorious. The show ran until 2012, at which time Grande's Cat Valentine was spun off into a show called Sam & Cat, which also starred Jennette McCurdy of iCarly.
“My flatmate Jean first told me about the tax. I was eating some cereal, being a typical bloke, and she said, ‘You don’t know how bullshit this whole thing is.’ I said ‘nope’. And then she explained it.”
From this unpromising start, Daniel Sloss developed an excellent standup routine on the longstanding absurdity of tampons being classed as a luxury item at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
“For me it wasn’t about making a statement,” he says, “it was really about me not been able to understand why they weren’t free.” It’s an important point and one which perhaps explains the success of the routine. After all, it could have come across differently had Sloss decided on a current issue in a more deliberate, ‘educate the public’ way. “I didn’t think doing that routine would affect any decision, but I really did love watching the reaction — particularly of men in the audience — who had maybe thought ‘well this really doesn’t affect me’ and seeing the penny drop.” Read More