Ryan McMahon | Anishinaabe/Metis | Treaty 3 Territory | Couchiching FN
Ryan McMahon is one of the most dynamic Aboriginal/Native American Comedians working in Canada and the United States today. He’s one of the FIRST Native graduates of the prestigious Second City Conservatory (Toronto) - the same place where comedians like John Candy, Martin Short, Mike Myers & Eugene Levy studied. His show is a loose, fast paced, silly but always honest look at society from the perspective of a “Native dude.” Ryan’s comedy is irreverent and boundry pushing as he focuses his attention on the good, the bad & the ugly of the collision between Indian Country and the mainstream.
His breakout performances on “Welcome To Turtle Island Too – A Celebration of Aboriginal Comedy” (CBC TV/Radio, Corkscrew Media, 2010), and the “Hystereotypes” (CBC TV, Frantic Films, 2011) Gala television taping at the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival in 2011 led to his own one hour standup comedy special “Ryan McMahon – UnReserved” (CBC TV/Radio, Corkscrew Media, taped in June 2012), becoming the FIRST Native Comedian to ever tape a one hour standup comedy special for CBC TV.
In July 2012 Ryan made his debut at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, QC. While at the Just For Laughs Festival Ryan was named to the “New Faces Canada” - widely known as THE Industry List the festival releases naming the years “best young up and coming standup comedians on the planet.”
In 2013 - Ryan’s podcast, Red Man Laughing, has been highly sought after by both mainstream and Native producers & broadcasters for development and in the Fall of 2013 Ryan agreed to a pilot & development deal with CBC Radio & TV. The Red Man Laughing CBC Radio Special was recorded in Edmonton in February 2014 in front of sold out audiences. The National comedy special aired on National Aboriginal Day 2014 and is currently in development for full series consideration. You can listen to the podcast at http://redmanlaughing.com.
In the Fall of 2013 Ryan wrote & hosted the prestigious imagineNative Film Festival awards & gala. During that weekend Ryan began talks with Producer teams about delivering the worlds first Native sitcom to HBO Canada.
“I do standup comedy to give my people a voice. I’d much rather disrupt the people than tickle them. After all we’ve been through - we’re still here. My work in comedy celebrates that and asks what comes next.”