When someone mentions the word “comedy” or talks about a “comedy scene” we immediately think about LA or New York, maybe even Minneapolis, but no one would ever think that Sioux Falls or the Sioux Empire would have a flourishing comedy scene. Though with the new comedy club, Wacko’s Comedy Club opening up August 11th, The Sioux Falls Sno Jam Comedy Festival taking place next February, and a few really good mics such as the Boss Pizza & Chicken open mic every Wednesday it should be no surprise to anyone that comedy is booming in the Sioux Empire.
It may not be well know to many, but South Dakota has produced some pretty reputable comedians such as Timmy Williams who appeared on IFC’s “The Whitest Kids U Know”, Sean Jordan who makes regular appearances on the “Doug Loves Movies” podcast, and probably the most well know (at least in the heartland) Williams & Ree. As a touring comedian myself I’ve met and worked with hundreds of comedians from celebrities like Dana Carvey & Gallagher to comedians that you’ll probably never hear about and I must say some of the most talented reside right here in our own backyard such as Sioux Falls native Zach Dresch.
If you’re a social media junkie you may recognize Zach from some of Hy-Vee’s recent Facebook videos or perhaps you’d recognize his voice from the local radio station KBAD 94.5 where he DJ’s on the weekends. If you’re a music fan it’s possible you’ve heard him laying down the percussion for the local band The Disarmed. On a mid Thursday afternoon I met up with Zach at Black Sheep Coffee to see what’s behind this magnificent man asking him 10 hard hitting questions.
Zach Dresch – Photo from Dan Bublitz Jr.
DB: What’s your background in comedy?
ZD: I went to college for theater at the University of Sioux Falls.. Then I started doing improv through an improv club we had there. I had a blast doing that and that’s kind of where I realized comedy is where I belonged. Whenever we did improv shows I would get such an adrenaline rush and I was like I need to find another outlet. I always admired standup comedy. Whenever there was a new special or an up and coming comedian I knew about it.
DB: What’s your favorite local hangout spot?
ZD: Monk’s House of Ale on 8th.
DB: What was your best show? Worst Show?
ZD: I think my show ever was back in December of 2015 at Rookies Comedy Club. I don’t know what it was, but I had a really solid set and Craig Gass was in the audience that night. At the time I didn’t know who he was or that he was in the audience, but I had a really solid set. I was doing impressions after impressions and immediately after my set Craig walks up to me and asks me to open up for him. So I got to open up for him later that week for a sold out show at Wiley’s and had a solid set that night too. My worst show was the last time I performed which was a couple of weeks ago. I bombed pretty hard, but I handled it better than I would have a year ago.
DB: What do you like most about South Dakota? What do you like the least?
ZD: The local music & comedy scenes because both are blooming right now. Lots of people are going to local shows and huge artists that I thought would never come to Sioux Falls are coming here. Road construction is what I like the least.
DB: When you’re at a buffet, how many trays of food do you start off with?
ZD: 1-2 actually. I don’t know what it is, but I’m so overwhelmed that there is so much food that I just stick to my one plate. Once I finish that if I feel like having seconds I’ll go up again. I used to be a 3-4 platter, but I was a lot chubbier back then.
DB: On average, how many time a week do you hurt yourself trying to dance in the shower?
ZD: Negative 20. I’ve never danced in the shower.
DB: Your biggest inspiration?
ZD: Dave Grohl. He started off just as a kick ass drummer. He was just great with everything he did. Then Kurt Cobain died his career with Nirvana was essentially over. You’re the biggest rock band in the world and then your singer dies what do you do? He wrote a bunch of his own songs and took them out on the road with him and becomes this huge rock star, but he’s incredibly humble about it. I love that he’s so humble and will take on any project. He’s been in so many bands. People gravitate to him because he’s so humble about his work. He’s my inspiration for ambition. I wanna keep branching out and doing different projects.
DB: What’s your favorite thing to order from Olive Garden?
ZD: Fettuccine Alfredo
Zach Dresch – Photo from Dan Bublitz Jr.
DB: How many friendships have you ruined because you refused to play a game of Monopoly mercifully?
ZD: None. I don’t like playing Monopoly. That might be a deal breaker if I meet someone in the future, “wanna play Monopoly?” “um…ah…no, not for me friendship over.”
DB: What are you currently working on?
ZD: I’m always working on my standup. It’s a never ending process. My band is working on its second album which should be released in the next 2-3 months. Then I’m going to be starting a Youtube comedy channel to do show comedies and sketches to showcase what I can do and I want to learn to play the guitar so I can write some music for my band.
Okay, so maybe they weren’t all hard hitting, but now you know exactly who Zach Dresch is. You can catch Zach almost every Wednesday & Thursday night sharpening his comedy chops at Boss’ Pizza & Chicken (Wednesdays at 9pm) or Wacko’s Comedy Club (Thursdays at 8pm) and when he’s not perfecting his comedy he’s playing with his band. Be sure to catch them headlining the Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls September 22nd, 2016. You can follow Zach on Twitter @zachdresch and his band’s Facebook page.
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