Starting as an improviser at Chicago's IO Theater when he was 18, Dan spent the next several years doing long-form improv, writing high-concept political-mythology plays with Theater Oobleck, and doing solo performance at the Live Bait Theater. Eventually throwing these hats all into the stand-up ring, Dan spins whimsical flights of fancy with stories from his quirky life. He became a fixture of Chicago's Lakeshore Theater, where he opened for Paul F. Tompkins, Janeane Garofalo, and many more until he was booked as a headliner himself. Maria Bamford and Brian Posehn went on to take Dan on the road as their featured opener.
Paste Magazine dubbed him the "Best of What's Next" and went on to also list him as of the 10 Best Comedians of 2010. In April of 2010 Dan was featured on the front page of The Onion, who said Dan was "hitting Chicago's comedy glass ceiling."
His first CD, "Fossil Record," is a split release with Paul F. Tompkins and Greg Proops on AST Records. It was named one of the Best Comedy Albums of 2010 by The Onion.
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