Ryan McMahon

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.

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.

Red Man Laughing


A live comedy variety show featuring conversations, explorations & investigations into the collision between Indian Country & the mainstream.

Dirty John


Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Christopher Goffard’s first podcast was a compelling true crime story and smash hit, that went on to become a massively successful Netflix series. In this intimate presentation, Goffard shares his insights about his captivating journey from podcast to broadcast. 

Podcasting in Community: Shut Up and Listen

Join podcasters Ryan McMahon (Thunder Bay, Red Man Laughing), Lisa Hale and Garth Mullins (Crackdown) in conversation as they bring you behind the scenes of the making of their hit podcasts to share insight into the challenges, rewards, and learnings from immersive documentary podcast making in underrepresented communities in Canada.

Co-Ops, Campus Radio, and Collectives

With stories about big-money podcast deals flooding the news, it's easy to lose sight of the podcasting's DIY roots. But podcasting is still an accessible medium, with room for new creators and new networks.