Comedian. Writer. Media Maker. Community Activator.

COMEDIAN. WRITER. MEDIA MAKER. COMMUNITY ACTIVATOR.

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COMEDY

Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe comedian, writer, media maker & community activator based out of Treaty #1 territory (Winnipeg, MB). Armed with a degree in Theatre & as a graduate of the prestigious Second City Conservatory (Toronto), Ryan’s comedic storytelling style is fast paced, loose & irreverent as he explores the good, the bad & the ugly between Indian Country & the mainstream.

In 2012, McMahon became the 1st Native comedian to ever record a full mainstream comedy special with CBC TV (Ryan McMahon - UnReserved) and later that year made his debut at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, QC. Ryan's latest full length comedy special, Red Man Laughing, aired Nationally on CBC Radio 1 in 2015.


MEDIA

When not doing comedy, Ryan is probably recording Red Man Laughing, planning for Stories From The Land, building Indian & Cowboy or setting the ground work for the Makoons Media Group.

McMahon has written for VICE, CBC, CBC Aboriginal, APTN & others.


COMMUNITY

Ryan has been delivering ground breaking, effective, engaging Youth & Community Leadership & Empowerment workshops since 1999.

McMahon has blended the best practices of Augusto Boal's work, mainstream lifeskills & leadership programming/training, balanced with cultural teachings & Indigenous world views to create workshops grounded in fun, challenging & practical pedagogies that engage & activate communities.

 


CONNECT W/RYAN ON SOCIAL MEDIA. 


WRITING, NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS.

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SUBSCRIBE TO RYAN'S BLOG!


DIGITAL MEDIA & COMMUNITY STORYTELLING.

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INDIGENOUS STORYTELLING, DIGITAL MEDIA & COMMUNITY

I am the CEO of the Makoons Media Group. I run Indian & Cowboy, the world's only listener supported Indigenous podcast media network.  I created Red Man Laughing & Stories From The Land, these podcasts are a driving force behind my creative work.

Indigenous histories, laws & our futures are found in our stories. The intersection between these Indigenous pathways to knowledge & digital media is a vital space to revitalizing & rebuilding our communities.

I am focused on building and Indigenous presence online and I've firmly planted my creative energy here.


MAKOONS MEDIA GROUP

The Makoons Media Group is an emerging, independent, new media company committed to Indigenous Storytelling and it’s intersection with digital media and the internet. Indigenous stories for the world to hear.

VISIT MAKOONS MEDIA

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INDIAN & COWBOY

Indian & Cowboy is the world's ONLY listener supported Indigenous Podcast network. Firmly rooted at the intersection of podcasting, digital media & storytelling. Indigenous stories for the world to hear.

VISIT INDIAN & COWBOY

RED MAN LAUGHING

Currently in its 5th season, Red Man Laughing is a space for independent, forward thinking conversations, investigations, pontifications & disruptions about the good, bad & the ugly between Indian Country & the mainstream.

VISIT RED MAN LAUGHING

STORIES FROM THE LAND

This groundbreaking podcast series connects community, storytelling & digital media in an effort to (re)connect Indigenous worldviews, teachings & ways of life back to the land & places we are from. Currently in Season 2.

VISIT STORIES FROM THE LAND

YOUTH. LEADERSHIP.  EMPOWERMENT. COMEDY. WRITING. MEDIA. CULTURE.


WORKSHOPS.

The workshops I offer range in duration, focus & range - every workshop however is designed with the community, for the community & BY the community. Indigenous communities are diverse Nations and that diversity needs to be respected in the process of designing an delivering workshops & training. 

There is no cookie cutter workshop that is right for everyone. Download my workshop materials below, have a read through them, and from there, we can chat about how/whether I'm able to deliver what you're looking for!


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KEYNOTES &COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS



ARTIST STATEMENT

Long before I was a professional comedian & writer - I worked with Youth. I was a Friendship Centre baby growing up and I'm proud to say that I've been involved with Youth Leadership, Training & Programming for well over half of my life.

I often speak candidly about the fact that Art, more specifically Theatre, saved my life. It gave me a place to rest my worries, it gave me skills to communicate & learn about trusting others, it gave me a place to be myself. 

The key to Empowerment & Leadership in Youth Communities is ensuring Youth are being heard and are given the space to be themselves. In the workshops series' that I deliver - this is where we begin - communication, trust & creating a safe and inclusive space for Youth to be themselves.

My job is not to save Youth, my job is to help show them who they are by challenging them to uncover gifts they already carry.

WORKSHOP STATEMENT

The workshop series' that I offer are flexible and can be tailored to meet the needs of the host community. We work together to meet your goals and I won't bullshit you - I won't come to your community for a paycheque and leave the Youth without tangible skills or programs/exercises to build from. 

I believe in connecting community with community. Often our Youth are disconnected from those that can make the biggest difference in their lives - the community members. I engage various members of the community to help us deliver the workshops and I try to connect Youth with community members that work in the various programs and services to help carry goals forward.

Have a look below and see if any of these workshop options fit anything you might be doing in your community. If you think there might be a fit there - send me an email at the bottom of the page.

Thanks for reading.


GET TO KNOW RYAN MCMAHON

Ryan McMahon on "reconciliation." (click to enlarge)

A friendly reminder to Canada found on Garden River FN. (click to enlarge)

Ryan McMahon - Artist Statement on "why he does comedy." (click to enlarge)

Ryan McMahon on Indigenous culture & Nationhood. (click to enlarge)

BOOKING RYAN MCMAHON.

 

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IN THE MEDIA.

"Ryan McMahon is the fastest rising Native comedian working in North American today." CBC WINNIPEG COMEDY FESTIVAL

"He's a Native George Carlin. He understands the issues and he unpacks them & presents them in a way that has never been done before by a Native comedian." STEVE GLASSMAN | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER | CBC TV | ALBERTA REGION

"McMahon angrily delivers his reflection on colonialism & racism all perfectly punctuated with hilarious bouts of fury." BRIARPATCH MAGAZINE

"McMahon's comedy is mischievous and skilled, cutting through tricky subjects like a comedic surgeon. He dares you to laugh & think." EDMONTON JOURNAL


DOWNLOADS.

We've prepared these easy to download .pdf files for you to read over to help you make your decision. Have a look at Ryan's Artistic Bio and read up on his workshop offerings or hit the press kit to read what the world has said about him.


PRESS & MEDIA INQUIRIES.

For all media inquiries, interview requests & other appearance requests - please use the email form below and use "MEDIA" in the subject line.

We will respond to all media inquiries the day they are sent.


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THE VIDEO PROOF THAT RYAN IS FUNNY, OCCASSIONALY.

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STANDUP COMEDY DEMO

Ryan McMahon's standup set from CBC Television & Radio's taping of "Welcome To Turtle Island Too - A Celebration of Aboriginal Comedy." This 2010 standup set, launched McMahon's professional standup comedy career.

NATIONAL TV PILOT

Roommates, Clarence Two Toes and Ryan McMahon sit down and try to have breakfast together - then all hell breaks loose. This project was developed as a pitch pilot in 2012. The series never went into development.

NATIONAL TV APPEARANCE

When Albert Howell, Ryan McMahon and Naomi Snieckus were on The Panel they talked about updating "O Canada." George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 pm on CBC Television.

CHARACTER/SKETCH COMEDY

Indian Country's Favourite Shit Disturber - Clarence Two Toes - does what every other powwow singer in the world wants to do - profess his desire to sing with the Northern Cree Singers from Saddle Lake, Alberta.