Could there be a comedy scene in Sioux Falls without a comedy club? Probably, but it wouldn’t be the same. Sioux Falls has had a long history of comedy clubs, Nitwits, Fat Daddy’s, and most recently Rookies comedy club. Unfortunately, that history hasn’t always been rainbows & butterflies as all of those clubs have closed or no longer do comedy. However Sioux Falls still has hope as a new comedy club, Wacko’s Comedy Club opened up back in August. I’ve had the pleasure of performing there and can attest that it’s a fantastic venue for comedy. In this 10-Spot I sat down with the owner of Wacko’s Comedy Club, Kellen Marson.
Kellen Marson may not be a stand-up comedian himself, but he’s no rookie when it comes to entertainment as he is an award-winning comedy hypnotist that has performed across the country. He started as a hypnotherapist, training in California back in 2008 at the Hypnosis Motivation Institute and then later transitioned into the entertainment side of hypnosis. Kellen decided to become a hypnosis therapist after he used it to overcome PSD that he was suffering from after being stationed in Iraq in 2004 and that’s what brought him to South Dakota. He opened a hypnosis therapy center in Pierre, but after getting more gigs on the eastern side of South Dakota, he decided to move to Sioux Falls. Along with owning Wacko’s Comedy Club, Kellen is still active in the Army National Guard, so he keeps very busy, but he was able to make some time to sit down and talk.
Wackos Comedy Club
DB: What was your best show? Worst Show?
KM: The worst show I did was back in 2011. I got hired to do a show for a bank as a comedy hypnotist and still to this day I will not do a show for a bank. They were a small group, and they were so reserved. I remember getting people up on stage, and it was the only show I ever did that I failed to hypnotize a single person. I got paid to do the show but failed miserably.
The best one I did was up in Fargo, ND for a branch of the Microsoft Corporation. It was one of the funnest shows I’ve done. There was like 500 people there. Another one that really stands out is doing a show for the South Dakota student council association, and they brought out 900 students from all across South Dakota. It was an incredible show, and it really opened up a lot of doors for my career in South Dakota especially for doing high schools.
DB: What do you like most about South Dakota? What do you like the least?
KM: I absolutely love the people. I love how friendly people are and that there are still some old fashion values here that you don’t see in other parts of the country. The thing I don’t like about South Dakota is that people always show up at the last minute for everything. Nobody can ever seem to show up 10 minutes early. It’s always 2 minutes before the event is supposed to start. I’ve never seen it anywhere else in the country.
DB: What’s your favorite local hangout spot?
KM: Wacko’s Comedy Club (laughs), no I really, really enjoy the Pourhouse,
DB: What are you working on right now?
KM: Yes, I’m working on a publicity stunt for Wacko’s Comedy Club. I want to demonstrate the power of hypnosis, and I’m currently looking for subjects to be hypnotized. I’m going to find a trough and fill it with enough ice that a person couldn’t be in there without getting hypothermia. Then I’m going to take my hypnotized subject and put him/her in there to see how long he/she can stay in the ice to defy what the mind is capable of. I’ll have medical professionals there so that we can monitor his/her heart rate. It really has two functions, publicity for the club and to see how powerful hypnosis really is.
DB: How old were you when you realized Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny probably never actually knew one another in real life?
KM: Interesting enough I never believed in Santa Claus, and I never believed in the Easter Bunny. From day one my parents never bought anything for those holidays. It was a religious thing.
DB: How would you describe yourself in three words?
KM: Highly motivated & dedicated.
DB: Who was your biggest inspiration?
KM: I would have to say, my son. A lot of people don’t realize I have a son. I would say that he has taught me more than anyone else has on the basis of how to just love life, how to enjoy life, and not to take things so serious. I was always that person that took everything seriously and would never take a step back, but he showed me that it was okay to step back. He has also inspired me to push hard and not give up because I feel like everything I do at some point will benefit him as he grows and gets older.
DB: Who is your favorite comedian? You better say Dan Bublitz Jr. (Laughing)
KM: (Laughs) To be honest my favorite comedian is Ralphie May. A lot of people find him controversial, but I love his comedy. I love how blunt he is. He has an “I don’t give a f**k” attitude and says what he wants. I appreciate that in comics.
DB: How long does it take you to listen to a song before you hate it?
KM: Haha, that’s kind of a tough question. Probably a dozen times.
DB: Who would you let punch you in the face?
KM: My girlfriend Darci. Probably because I deserve it about 90% of the time and she would love every minute of it.
For information on Kellen’s comedy hypnosis, you can visit his website www.kellenmarson.com, and you can always say hi when you catch a show at Wacko’s Comedy Club (which I highly recommend). For the complete schedule and pricing visit www.wackoscomedyclub.com.
For my complete schedule visit my website www.danbublitz.com