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Event sees unexpected last minute ticket sales, show moved to main stage


Comedian Ryan McMahon took the main stage of the E.A. Rawlinson Centre
when last-minute ticket sales overfilled the lobby.

Due to last minute sales Ryan McMahon got a big enough crowd at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre that his show had to be moved from the lobby to the main theatre.

McMahon got gales of giggles from the audience and grins could be seen

on the more than 100 faces peering up at him.

Most people appeared to feel the show was worth the $20, but perhaps

not everyone. Two people walked out before McMahon began, during the

three opening performances.

In an interview the day before his performance, McMahon stated that

not everyone appreciates his particular flavour of the funnies.

 “Listen, comedy doesn’t always align with your politics or your

religion, or your gender, or whatever it is.”

He acknowledged that he grates on some people’s nerves, and suggested

that perhaps his jokes run a little too close to home for some.

 “If people get a sense that I’m making fun of us (Natives) it’s

generally to make a point and it’s for us, it’s not for anyone else.”

McMahon defined his goal—apart from being funny—as exploring the

intersection between the truth and the ignorance of stereotypes.

With a dose of laughter and a slap of honesty from the “Indian

Country” point of view, he says he hopes to get people talking about

“If people get a sense that I’m making fun of us (Natives) it’s generally to make a point and it’s for us, it’s not for anyone else.” Ryan McMahon

issues and stereotypes that aren’t being talked about.

“Not all Natives are drunks, not all native fathers are bad fathers,

not all native women play bingo, and you know you have to talk about

those things. If you’re not willing to talk about those things then

there’s no dialogue and if there is no dialogue then there is no

truth.”

On stage, McMahon poked fun at a slew of stereotypes of “White people”

and “Indians”, from the Native’s love for Wal-Mart, and the $450

dollar cheque for having a baby, to hippies’ arms flailing while

dancing at the Powwow.

“Our politicians can’t be honest, our teachers can’t be honest, you

know, there’s no honesty, the media’s not honest. You don’t know where

to turn for an honest opinion. It’s really hard,” McMahon said.

“The beauty of standup comedy is that maybe it’s the last bastion of

that true sort of freedom.”

Organizations: Wal-Mart

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