In 2012, McMahon became the first native comedian to ever record a mainstream comedy special with the CBC, when he recorded, “Ryan McMahon - UnReserved.” Since then, he’s recorded a handful of other specials and tours independently around North America with his irreverent and nuanced storytelling comedy style.
A graduate of the prestigious Second City Conservatory in Toronto, McMahon brings a fast paced, loose and forward looking storytelling style to audiences around the world.
McMahon has performed at Just For Laughs, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, New York Comedy Festival, Del Close Marathon and more.
When not standing on a stage trying to make strangers laugh he’s usually yelling into microphones making podcasts. McMahon’s podcasts (Thunder Bay, Red Man Laughing and Stories From The Land, Think Indigenous) have garnered millions of downloads globally.
Thunder Bay, a podcast deep dive into the legacy of colonialism on a small city in Canada, was named to dozens of “Best Of” podcast lists at the end of 2018, including lists in the Globe and Mail, Spotify and Apple Podcasts and is currently being developed for television by Northwood Entertainment (dramatic) and eOne (factual).
McMahon’s writing can be found in the Globe and Mail, VICE, Toronto Star, New York Times, CBC, and various digital websites. Usually he’s shouting around about reconciliation, decolonization, or he’s trying to shine a light on the intersection between Indian Country and the mainstream.
Ryan is represented by the Transatlantic Agency. His literary agents, Samantha Haywood and Stephanie Sinclair, are currently shopping a couple of book proposals that have drawn major interest from publishers big and small.
McMahon has written for film, tv, podcasts and documentary series’.
He’s currently developing a feature film, The Big Smoke, with Northwood Entertainment and he has a number of other projects in various stages of development.
Ryan is represented by the National Speakers Bureau and is one of the most requested Indigenous speakers in North America.
McMahon has been delivering keynotes and mentorship workshops in Indigenous communities for over 15 years. Like his comedy style, Ryan keeps things loose and interactive and would always prefer to talk with the people rather than at them.