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.