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.

Since 2010, McMahon has recorded 3 National comedy specials (Welcome To Turtle Island Too, UnReserved & Red Man Laughing) & 2 taped Gala sets at the prestigious Winnipeg Comedy Festival. 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 where he was named to the NEW FACES list at the festival.

Ryan's latest full length CBC comedy special, Red Man Laughing, aired Nationally on CBC Radio 1 in 2015.

McMahon's new live show, Wreck-On Silly Nation, is scheduled to tour across Canada in 2017. It tackles massive themes like reconciliation, Canada's 150th birthday party & the intricacies of moose meat pie.

Ryan has written for the GLOBE & MAIL, VICE, CBC, CBC Aboriginal, APTN among others.

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

Ryan is a media maker, writer & digital media builder

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.

Ryan is the CEO of the Makoons Media Group - a digital media company that focuses on telling Indigenous stories to worldwide audiences. In October 2013, Ryan founded Indian & Cowboy, the world's only listener supported Indigenous podcast media network. Creatively, McMahon has grown the Red Man Laughing & Stories From The Land podcasts into major players in the Canadian digital media space.

Learn more about Ryan's digital media work

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Ryan McMahon is the fastest rising Native comedian working in North American today.


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. Rather than a cookie cutter approach, Ryan tailors each workshop experience to the goals of the host community.

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 | CBC TV


I'm proud to announce that Colonization Road, a 50 minute documentary on Canada's colonial past told through interviews, comedy & my rantings, just had its world premiere at the 2016 imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, and we are now taking bookings for screenings & live appearances.

In this film we unpack the suite of policies & legislation that expedited the creation Canada and we examine how these policies were put in place at the cost of Indigenous Peoples, our Nations & the lands and waters we have lived in relation to for thousands of years.

This film is not so much an indictment on Canada, it is a film that looks at Canadian history through an Indigenous lens. The film was made as an effort to create a common place to start, a common language to speak, when we look at the the possibility of reconciliation and a pathway forward in Canada.


In towns throughout Ontario, there are startling reminders of the colonization of Indigenous territories and the displacement of First Nations people. Anishinabe comedian, Ryan McMahon, takes us to his hometown of Fort Frances and down its main drag, which is called Colonization Road. Similar streets have similar names in towns and cities across the province, direct reminders of the Public Lands Act of 1853 and its severe impact on First Nations, their treaties and their land in the name of “Canadian settlement.” On his journey through Ontario, McMahon explores the history of these roads, meets with settlers in solidarity and raises significant questions about “reconciliation” and what it means to “decolonize.”

You can book your screening & public appearance by clicking the button below.