10 Spot Spotlight: Jeni Mc
It’s that time again, the time for another sporadic 10-Spot Spotlight. If you keep up with this column you might remember back to late March/early April, we released a 10-Spot “comics you should know” special edition featuring comics from across the country. I really hope that you took the time to check them out as they are all very talented. I apologize for my lack of consistent releases with this column. I have been very busy over the last few months with several of my own projects that haven’t left me much time to write.
Alas, here we are nearing the end of June. The first day of summer was only a few days ago and it’s been almost two months since the last 10-Spot came out, but we are back featuring another fantastic local artist and our first Femme Fatale comedic presence, Jeni Mc (pronounced Mac). Truth be told I sat down with Jeni back in mid-April at Coffea in downtown Sioux Falls with the hopes of publishing this in early May in time to help promote SiouxperCon as we were both performing in their “SiouxperCon After Dark” program.
Jeni is a Sioux Falls native. All through school she participated in theater & arts but after graduating took a hiatus because she was working full time. While Jeni has dabbled in standup her background is mostly theater & improv. She got her start about ten years ago. On a whim, Jeni auditioned and got casted for “Tony & Tina’s Wedding” an interactive dinner theater where the audience acts as the guests of the wedding. Here she learned the difference between scripted theater & interactive theater. She did several projects with that theater company. Through that, she met her show husband Dave Holly. Dave started the “Vaudies” & needed a sidekick which ended up being Jeni. The “Vaudies” is a live variety show and much like “Sunny & Cher” Dave & Jeni co-hosted together tandem style.
Jeni’s background in standup comedy came from her affection for her friend Mike Klatt, another local stand-up comic. He was performing at an open mic at Fat Daddy’s, (a comedy club that has since closed) and she noticed that there wasn’t any female comedians there. She made a comment about how stand up couldn’t be that hard all you have to do is stand up and work the pole. Another comic then told her if she thought it was so easy to go up, so she did. It happened to be a night the club was having a contest and she ended up winning. These days she prefers watching stand up more than performing stand up. Jeni still actively does improv with “Basement Dwellers” performing at mostly private gigs. Now that we know that we got this introduction out of the way let’s get to the important stuff.
DB: What’s your favorite local hangout spot?
JM: My favorite local hangout spot. Taco Johns? Is that not a good answer? I go there like five times a week. It hasn’t happened today, but maybe on my way home. I don’t hang out there, but they know me by name. In general, I usually hang out in downtown Sioux Falls.
DB: What do you like most about South Dakota? What do you like the least?
JM: Most about South Dakota? Well if they’re not transplants everyone is like family. When you make good friends they just as well be your cousins. Everyone is very family oriented in their closeness. My least favorite thing is our polar arctic long winters. It’s bad for my health, bad for my humor, bad for my hair, and just an all around issue. So I’m not a big fan of the cold.
DB: What was your best show? Worst Show?
JM: The best show I’ve ever did I would say was Finnegan’s Farewell show at Granite Falls Casino because I really loved my character and my cast mates. I loved the crowd. It was a very different casino crowd than you usually have. Usually, at casino’s people come and go but this audience stayed for the whole show.
The worst show wasn’t one I was actually cast in but was supporting my friends and helping with some of the backgrounds. Our green room got robbed while they were doing the show. That was probably the worst most awful thing because we walked away with such a high from a great performance. It all goes back to the best things about South Dakota about all being family so you don’t think of bad things like that happening. It was the first time I ever felt unsafe about theater.
DB: What are you working on right now?
JM: I hope to host a matchmaking festival this fall featuring local comics & cupids.
DB: What would the name of your debut album be?
JM: Dialog Heavy. I talk a lot (she laughs).
DB: How old were you when you realized Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny probably never actually knew one another in real life?
JM: I grew up a Jehovah Witness so…Jesus was my Santa Claus.
DB: On average how many times a week do you hurt yourself trying to dance in the shower?
JM: Like more than four.
DB: What do you think about when you are alone in your car?
JM: How pretty I am (she laughs). Like if I have enough time to take a selfie before I need to get to where ever I’m going.
DB: When you’re at a buffet, how many plates of food do you start off with?
JM: Always two, always two, because I might get tired and not want to get back up.
DB: You’re a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be & why?
JM: A new edition to the crayon box? If I was a color I think I would be Stardust and there would be glitter in it because we’re all made of Stardust.
If you’re lucky, maybe you can catch this Irish “Betty” out and about in downtown Sioux Falls sharing cheers of joy or maybe you can just find her on social media!
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