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Some Stars of Native American Comedy
Featuring Jackie Keliiaa, Miguel Fierro, Adrianne Chalepah, Howie Echo-Hawk
Some Stars of Native American Comedy is an uproarious celebration of Native American culture and humor, poking fun at life on and off the reservation and the quirks and quandaries of everyday existence through a Native lens. From rez rezidents to urban Natives, you'll enjoy a variety of perspectives and comedic styles that will leave you laughing out loud.
Some Stars comedians will tackle everything from dream catchers in cars to powwow dating politics, as Native comics help bring healing to intercultural viewers as they learn how Native people are…funny. Audiences will be treated to clever observations, relatable anecdotes, and heartwarming stories that allow audiences to share in the oddball joy that is Indigenous humor.
Some Stars brings together established names in Native American comedians, making it a must-see event for comedy enthusiasts of all backgrounds. You'll be taken in through laughter, as we honor the joy, resilience and unity within Native American communities.
So, join us for a boisterously fun evening and celebrate the hilarity that bridges cultures and fosters unity through laughter. This is the comedy show that'll have you leaving with a smile and for all those unfamiliar, a wider understanding of Native American culture, one joke at a time. Don't miss out on this riotous comedy extravaganza!
Jackie Keliiaa is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor based in Oakland, California. You can find her in the 2021 release, We Had a Little Real Estate Problem: The Unheralded Story of Native Americans & Comedy. Jackie has been featured on Comedy Central, Team Coco, Netflix, and IllumiNative’s 25 Native American Comedians to Follow. She wrote for the web series You're Welcome America and has been featured in a variety of publications including Vulture, Uproxx, LA Times and KQED among others.
Jackie has opened for Judah Friedlander, Nikki Glaser, and was featured on the First Nations Comedy Experience streaming on Amazon Prime. Jackie produces Good Medicine Comedy, an all-Native comedy show which has raised over $11,000 for charitable causes. Jackie is a regular at Bay Area venues and has performed at San Francisco SketchFest, Punch Line San Francisco and Cobb's Comedy Club.
Jackie attended undergrad at UC Berkeley, majoring in both Ethnic Studies and Native American Studies and minoring in City and Regional Planning. She has a Masters in Urban Planning from Columbia University and spent a decade working in community and economic development prior to pursuing comedy full time. She is currently working on some very cool projects— she hopes she can share them soon! Jackie enjoys quesabirria tacos, belting out Whitney Houston while driving, and good graphic design.
@jackiecomedy on IG/Twitter/Ven
Miguel Fierro is an LA based stand-up comedian originally from San Francisco. He started hitting stages two weeks after 9/11, so he understands the importance of lightness in dark times—not that these are dark times—everything’s great! (Fearful Face Emoji...) He has a wide range of external targets for his misdirection but is also not afraid to put himself on blast. He has produced and hosted a variety of comedy showcases in LA so he’s no stranger to taking the bullet and loves to get the party started. He is featured on First Nations Comedy Experience on Amazon, a showcase for indigenous comics. His father, Martin Fierro, a gifted saxophonist who played with The Grateful Dead and many other bands, was Apache and Tarahumara. His mom is a New York Jew. How could he not get into comedy?
From southwest Oklahoma, Adrianne Chalepah (she/her/they/them) attended Riverside Indian School, ran track, and participated in clubs geared at civic engagement. In college, Chalepah performed at open mics, in student films, and sang in choir. After graduating Magna Cum Laude, she went on tour with the comedy troupe, “49 Laughs Comedy.” She later helped found an indigenous femme comedy group "3 Sisters Comedy" and toured the US and Canada. In 2022, Chalepah obtained her MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts.
In addition, she is a mother of four, a cat mom, and a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. Her acting work can be seen on Netflix's Spirit Rangers, Peacock's Rutherford Falls, and FX's Reservation Dogs. Her stand-up is featured on Amazon Prime and her published literary work is found in Betsy Bird's Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Ever, a collection of women writers.
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