Ryan McMahon is a professional funny person. He talks, yells , writes & makes digital media art for a living.

Ryan McMahon is a professional funny person. He talksyells , and writes for a living.

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


McMahon’s comedy is mischievous and skilled, cutting through tricky subjects like a comedic surgeon. He dares you to laugh & think.
— EDMONTON JOURNAL | January 2015

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 was invited to develop a 5 part mini-series for CBC Radio 1’s flagship Saturday show, CBC Day 6 With Brent Bambury, in 2017. Ryan’s “12 Step Program For Canada” aired in the summer of 2017. In the series, McMahon lays out a path to decolonization and reconciliation, which, of course, is absolutely hilarious.

Ryan has written for the GLOBE & MAIL, NEW YORK TIMES, VICE, the CBC, APTN among others.

Ryan McMahon is a PODCASTER and media maker.

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Wreck-On Silly Nation? Where are we headed?

The critically acclaimed 5th season of Red Man Laughing is a podcast season not to be missed. You thought you knew the ins and out of reconciliation? Think again. Visit the website or download where you listen to your podcasts!

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Listen to the critically acclaimed Thunder Bay podcast.

The highest homicide and hate crime rates in the country. A mayor charged with extortion. A police chief who faced trial for obstruction of justice. Nine tragic deaths of Indigenous high schoolers.

Why does it all happen here?

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

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

In the fall of 2018, McMahon partnered with Canadaland, and created, wrote, and hosted the podcast, Thunder Bay. The podcast has received critical acclaim and was listed on many industry “BEST OF 2018” podcast lists, including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, New York Magazine, Globe & Mail, Radio Public, and many other best of lists.

Ryan is the CEO of the Makoons Media Group - a digital media company that focuses on telling Indigenous stories to worldwide audiences. In October 2014, Ryan founded Indian & Cowboy, the world's only listener supported Indigenous podcast media network.






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!




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.


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.





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.


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

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