Episode 5: Reconciliation In Comedy
On this episode, we speak with some of the funniest talents working in Indigenous comedy today! We pose the question — has reconciliation happened in the stand-up comedy industry? Has it happened within the lives of these comedians?
The episode closes with a track from talented Winnipeg songwriter Sebastian Gaskin entitled “The Wrong Things”. Be sure to check out more of his amazing music at soundcloud.com/sebastiangaskin.
Our opening and closing theme music comes to us courtesy of Boogey The Beat — check out more of his brilliant work atsoundcloud.com/boogeythebeat. The interstitial music is courtesy of Bloom — you can hear more of their songs at bloom14.bandcamp.com.
Minogondaagan, was produced on Treaty One territory, the original lands of the Anishinaabeg, Nehiyawak, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis nation.
We would like to thank the Community Radio Fund Of Canada, the University Of Manitoba’s Office Of Indigenous Engagement, the National Centre For Truth & Reconcilliation, the University Of Manitoba Student’s Union and UMFM 101.5 for their support in the production of this series.
Our first guest, Howie Miller, has been hailed as one of the funniest Native American comedians and actors on television today. A proud member of the Cree Nation, Howie was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. He has performed all over North America, including New York, Los Angeles and at the prestigious "Just for Laughs" Comedy Festival in Montreal. He has also toured the United Kingdom and Europe. Howie has been featured in his own half-hour special, "Comedy Now Presents Howie Miller" and in "The Indian Comedy Slam, No Reservations Needed", which aired on Showtime in 2010.
Our second guest is Amber-Sekowan Daniels, comic, writer, director and television producer originally from Winnipeg, with family roots in Garden Hill First Nation, Manitoba. Amber currently resides in Toronto, Ontario and is producing local lifestyle television and doing video sketch and stand-up comedy. She is the creator and star behind two popular web series: Hanging Tough and Pantsuits! Amber has been featured on the Winnipeg Comedy Showcase and served as producer and opening act for Chantel Marostica’s one-woman show Queer and Present Danger
Our third guest, Chad Anderson, is a stand-up comedian originally from The Pas, Manitoba but currently based out of Winnipeg and is a member of the Cree Nation. Chad has been doing stand-up for ten years and has traveled across Canada, performed in the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, the Odd Block Comedy Festival, the first ever Arctic Air Comedy Festival and has worked with Mary Walsh. Through comedy that touches on many subjects, from racism to dealing with death to finding love as a sober man, Chad shares his experiences in a very humorous way. If you find yourself in a position to catch his act don't sleep on it because Chad is sure to keep you laughing from the moment he steps on stage