We had the good fortune of connecting with Sylvia Mc Bateman and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sylvia, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
Comedians can be two of the most different people in the world, yet the odd bond of doing stand-up can make you fast friends.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?

I’m a stand up comedian who thrives in the observational and relatable quirks of life. I also enjoy leveraging a good word-smithery to tickle the brain waves. What sets me apart but also helps folks not feel alone is that I’m a mom of four kids under the age of 5, an army brat who was born abroad that married a 100% grade A Texan meat, and I’m just breathing this air with everyone else. I’m also what they in the biz call a “clean” comic which generally just means we don’t use super explicit material but try to elevate the art and commit to funny jokes without the shock value of mother f-er’s every other word. Everyone has their thing, though, and what works for them and their audience. Frankly, unless it’s the s word when I stub my toe in the middle of the night, I just sound dumb. A lot of comedy is about being authentic because crowds can smell ya being fake from all the way in the back row. I am so proud of performing in so many types of settings like drive in shows at the Frisco Star (thanks 2020), to a Kenan Thompson Showcase, to a special needs church ministry event, to baby showers to the traditional club shows,.. it’s been a wild ride and just getting started. I got to where I am professionally today by going for it, taking the class, showing up at open mics, writing material throughout the day, friends & family that cheer me on, some divine intervention/strength by the Grace of God, good relationships, being willing to look stupid and fail and a certain resolve in the love of the art and my purpose within it. It has not been easy. I overcame challenges by being confident in who I am and my purpose to bring other laughter and a sense of not feeling alone. I skipped the popular new TV shows at night to write. I would practice the set it my head as I rock my sweet babies. I’m willing to do the unglamorous work that no one sees so it comes out well at the mic. I’ve learned that you’re idea of what you want to go for or do is only as “stupid” or “silly” as you allow it to be… don’t hold yourself back, don’t wait on some secret “permission” you’re not even sure who’s supposed to give it to you. I want the world to know that you are valuable and you have a gift and people want it, nay need it. My brand started with making my weary friends laugh. And now I just have a lot more friends but the heart has remained the same.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?

With four kids and a budget, I’m a sucker for a good park of course. Preferably with no mulch and lots of shade. I love Windhaven park, cottonwood park, Jack Carter park…oh man must I tell all my secrets. Jk I’ll have extra snacks, come hang. I would for sure take you to a show at a local club, like The Plano House of Comedy or The Comedy Arena in McKinney or Backdoor in Richardson or the Dallas Comedy Club or The Improv…just to name a few we have all the good options!!! Food wise I’m a sucker for brunch at Company Cafe because I’m basic like that and never get to eat out anymore. Does UberEats and a picnic in our backyard count? My husband has been remodeling our deck for 3 years and FRIENDS WE FINALLY MADE IT. Honestly there’s a rolling Hippo at the Dallas zoo that rocks and definitely needs a tip jar. I would take them to my moms house in McKinney for the best authentic German food (she just became a US citizen a couple years ago). I’d take em to some awesome coffee shops as well like fourteen eighteen and communion coffee.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to thank my family who played our own version of “Who’s Line Is It Anyway” and continually encouraged laughter while never squashing dreams. My husband also deserves a ginormous shout-out as we have 4 children under the age of 5 that we care for together. Thankfully comedy is usually a lot of night hours while the kids are sleeping, but he is still tackling bath & bed times as the best dad in the world. My friends have been hugely supportive and deserve so much recognition for hanging in there with me through “practice shows” and the real ones too. They are the real ones. Last but definitely not least, my sister, Sarah and bro in law, Sean, have never not picked up the phone an hour before I have to go on stage someone to do a show with a minor panic attack. They listen and laugh and provide priceless feedback.

Website: SylviaComedy.com

Instagram: @SylviaMcBateman

Linkedin: Sylvia McCallum Bateman

Twitter: @SylviaMcBateman

Facebook: Sylvia Mc Bateman

Youtube: @SylviaMcBateman

Nominate Someone: ShoutoutDFW is built on recommendations and shoutouts from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.