YouTube’s Jenn McAllister sets her sights on scripted comedy

The YouTube Red star dishes on her new series, 'Foursome.'

Feb 29, 2020, 9:23 am*

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Rae Votta

Jenn McAllister has made a name for herself on her YouTube channel, with vlogs and top 10 lists for her 2.4 million JennXPenn subscribers. 

Now she’s ready for a digital foursome.

Get your mind out of the gutter. Foursome is a YouTube Red series all about high school friendships, and the first Red project McAllister’s been a part of. The series, however, didn’t start out destined for the subscription platform.

“We were just shooting it and didn’t know where it was going,” she told the Daily Dot of the AwesomenessTV-produced series. “If it ended up being just a regular YouTube thing and not on YouTube Red, they were thinking about cutting that 30-minute [episode] in half. That’s an interesting thing to think about as an actor because then the start and stop points are very different.”

The series follows a group of four friends who bond specifically to help one, McAllister’s character, overcome the awkwardness of having an overbearing brother watching over her as she tries to date.

“One of my best friends in high school had an older sister who had that whole vibe going on, so I kind of drew from that experience,” explained McAllister.

The cast is stacked with other digital stars like viner Logan Paul and YouTuber Rickey Thompson. The show is the first scripted fiction series to appear on Red, which has so far played host to documentaries, reality shows, and feature films for its $9.99 monthly subscription service. Foursome draws from the well of teen comedy, and amps up the reality of high school life.

“It’s not far from reality, it’s just a little crazy. My character is kind of the straight man so that brings it down to earth,” explained McAllister.

She says the relationships between the characters also ground the show with a positive message.

“The underlying message of the whole show, why it’s called Foursome aside from the sexual pun, is the fact that it’s four best friends,” McAllister said. “It’s really a heartwarming show to see these four characters who are really different from each other, in the end they’re very supportive of one another. It has a great friendship feeling throughout the whole show.”

Good feelings aside, Foursome is a comedy at heart and McAllister’s biggest wish is her fans come away in hysterics.

“I hope it makes them laugh, and I don’t even have to hope because I know it will make them laugh,” she said.

Screengrab via Awesomeness TV/YouTube

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*First Published: Mar 31, 2016, 4:27 pm