Brent Butt, Dean Jenkinson backstage in Ottawa (Dean Jenkinson)
Comedian and comedy writer Dean Jenkinson has lived in Manitoba since he was three years old which brings him to a ripe age of 38. Jenkinson hit the mic last night, opening for fellow comedian and producer Brent Butt, as part of Prairie Scene in Ottawa.
SCENE hit him up with five fast questions about taking his brand of Manitoba culture to the nation's capital.
Where do you spend your Manitoba time?
As the father of a one-year-old, I don't get to spend evenings out anymore. A night out for my wife and me is dinner we didn't have to cook: 7-1/4, Peasant Cookery, Pho No. 1, Daly Burger (Winnipeg's best hamburger by far). I get all my local culture from watching Shaw TV Winnipeg. Also, I lean out my Exchange District window and shout "How was MTC?" at nervous suburban couples hurrying back to their cars. (Here's what people are saying about "Calendar Girls" - "Get in, honey! Just get in!")
Where do you take people who are visiting Manitoba for the first time?
The Forks: buskers, mini-donuts, and constant reminders of imminent flooding.
Grand Beach: beautiful white sand, and even more beautiful blue-green algae.
Winnipeg Square: a prize for first-time visitors who can find their way from street level at the Fairmont Hotel down underground and back up to street level at the Royal Bank in under an hour.
Stella's: waffles with ice cream for breakfast!
The BDI: ice cream in waffle cones for dinner!
My place: watch my baby while I have a nap? Thanks.
How do you describe Manitoba to people in Ottawa (without mentioning mosquitoes or snow).
Moderate temperatures, majestic mountains, stunning waterfalls, and Canada's lowest crime rate. (Look, do we want them to visit or not?)
What makes Manitoba's art scene unique?
It's in Manitoba. No other arts scene in the world can say that.
How did it go last night?
Good I think. It's all a blur of drugs, booze, women, waffles, and ice cream.
We decided to hold Dean for a small ransom and 3 BONUS QUESTIONS:
What do you want people to take away from your show at Prairie Scene?
All I want is for people to leave thinking, "Wow, CTV really dropped the ball on who they cast in the lead of Corner Gas."
If you could move one Manitoba venue to Ottawa, what would it be and why?
The Canadian Museum of Human Rights. Let Ottawa pay for it.
Besides it being a great gig, what are you hoping to get out of taking part in Prairie Scene?
I just hope I came off as less of an unfunny jerk in person than I did in this questionnaire.