All radio works can be listened to at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto’s computer lounge at 16 Spadina Road, October 20 – 23.
Radio curator Dawn Dumont (Ojibway/Mohawk) is a comedy writer and comedian who lives and works out of Edmonton. She was recently featured on CBC’s Turtle Island Too.
What do you think is funny? A person falling down gets me every time. It may not work for you, but that’s okay. There’s many ways to make people laugh, as these radio programs demonstrate. From ironic commentary to silly satire to good ol character-based comedy, one of these programs should hit your funny bone. –Dawn Dumont
Clarence Two Toes Radio Show
Producer: Ryan McMahon
Canada · 2009 · 17 min · Podcast
Clarence Two Toes hosts his radio show in the fictional Dead Moose Lake First Nation. Clarence aims to deliver the news to his small community because he knows that shared experi- ences keep a community united.
This podcast was featured on iTunes Canada throughout 2008 and 2009 in the comedy podcast section. Writer/ producer Ryan McMahon (Ojbiway/Cree) is an ac- complished comedian, actor and writer who tours across Canada. McMahon was recently featured on CBC TV’s Turtle Island Too.
ReVision Quest: “Humour: What’s so Funny About Being Native?”
Producer: Kim Ziervogel
Canada · 2010 · 28 min · Radio
What is this Native sense of humour we keep hearing about? ReVision Quest takes you deep inside Indigenous ter- ritory to the world of Native humour. For a group of people that may seem serious (stoic?) to the outsider, there’s an awful lot of laughing going on behind closed doors. Produced for CBC Radio.
Kim Ziervogel (Ojibway/Mohawk) is the producer of Ab-Originals, a weekly podcast of the hottest Aboriginal music in Canada; Indian Summer, a radio series featuring Indigenous musi- cians, their stories and their music; and ReVision Quest, an award-winning, myth-busting series about commonly held conceptions of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Celebrate: A National Aboriginal Day Special
Writers: Ed Dolittle, Dawn Dumont, Sheldon Elter, Wab Kinew, Ian Ross
Canada · 2010 · 54 min · Radio
Hear how the Trickster arrives on Kokum and David’s door- step with a game called “Celebrate,” designed for sale on National Aboriginal Day. With every roll of the dice, David experiences his culture through messed up history and hilari- ously inappropriate songs. Produced for CBC Radio.
Featuring the “Almost Ready for Self-Government Players” and special musical guest, Shane Yellowbird. Written by Ed Dolittle (Mohawk), Dawn Dumont (Cree), Sheldon Elter (Métis), Wab Kinew (Cree) and Ian Ross (Cree).
The Common Experience
Writer: Dawn Dumont
Canada · 2010 · 30 min · Radio
Ernie and Mickey, two Cree brothers, decided to put their residential school settlement money to good use: hunting down Elvis Presley, who they believe is alive and living in Hawaii. On their search to find the King, the brothers discover the power of song and pass on this teaching to Ernie’s daughter.
Written by Dawn Dumont (Cree) and produced for CBC Radio.
The Red Road
Producer: Arigon Starr
USA · 2009 · 59 min · Radio
This one-woman show takes audiences straight to the heart of Indian Country by stepping back into the summer of 1977. Legendary Choctaw country music star Patty Jones asks Verna Yahola if she can have her 10th Anniversary TV special at Verna’s All Nation Cafe. Add an English punk-rock star, a Navajo fry cook and various other characters and you have a magical and mayhem-filled show.
The Red Road was written and performed by Arigon Starr (Kickapoo/Creek). Arigon is also the force behind Super Indian, a radio series and comic book.