Keynote - Ryan McMahon


  • Ryan McMahon

    Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe comedian, writer, media maker and community activator from Couchiching First Nation in Treaty 3 Territory. As the founder & CEO of Makoons Media Group, Ryan brings Indigenous stories to light through conversations, research & investigation. He provides audiences with an in-depth, challenging analysis of the Indigenous experience & the reconciliation movement. Ryan inspires audiences to play their part in building a more equitable country.

    One of the most decorated Indigenous comedians/writers/media makers working today, Ryan McMahon’s voice has become vital to both Indigenous & non-Indigenous communities – his comedic storytelling style is fast-paced, loose & irreverent as he explores the good, the bad & the ugly between Indigenous Country & the mainstream.

    Recognized as one of Indian Country’s most decorated stand up comedians, Ryan has recorded 5 national comedy specials since 2010 (Turtle Island Too (CBC TV, 2010), UnReserved (CBC TV, 2012), Red Man Laughing (CBC Radio 1, 2015), CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival (Hystereotypes (2011), Good Neighbour (2014). He’s appeared at the prestigious Just For Laughs festival a number of times and tours North America independently. McMahon’s special, “ “Ryan McMahon – UnReserved,” made him the first Native comedian to ever record a one-hour mainstream comedy special. McMahon’s comedy is irreverent, boundary-pushing, and forward-looking as it investigates the good, the bad and the ugly between the collision of Indian Country and the mainstream.

    Ryan has written for The Globe and Mail, VICE, the New York Times, and the CBC. Currently, Ryan and his team at Transatlantic (Samantha Haywood & Stephanie Sinclair) are getting set to shop a few projects to publishers, including a book (“A 12 Step Program For Decolonization In Canada – A Seriously Funny Investigation Into Canada’s Addiction to Colonialism.”) based on the RTDNA 2018 award-winning radio series, 12 Steps To Decolonization, that McMahon created, wrote and performed for CBC Radio 1’s flagship show, Day 6 With Brent Bambury in the summer of 2017.

    McMahon’s podcasts, Red Man Laughing and Stories From The Land, have garnered over a million and a half downloads over the last handful of years. His podcasting, documentary and digital storytelling are an extension of the Indigenous radio storytelling tradition and has been a part of a new and exciting Indigenous storytelling community that embraces the collision between the internet, technology and storytelling.

    He’s the CEO of the Makoons Media Group and is currently building the world’s only independent Indigenous media platform, Indian & Cowboy, which is committed to digital publishing and the internet.