Ryan McMahon

Ryan McMahon

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Ryan McMahon is a fearless comedian that always tries to shine a light on the "way things really are." Not one to shy away from his Ojibway/Metis roots, McMahon always take the audience on a journey of laughter, struggle, and life.

Biography

In the fall of 2003 Artistic Director Ryan McMahon formed MooseGuts Theatre Company to tell old stories in new ways. Ryan grew up telling tales to anyone that would listen. The tales were often tall, and mostly true, and Ryan fell in love with storytelling and creating worlds that love, hate, laugh, and cry.

Locally, Ryan was active in Fort Frances High School Theatre, Rainy River Community College Theatre, and Rainy Lake Productions Theatre. Eventually, he chased his dreams all the way to Toronto where, in 2000, he graduated from the Centre for Indigenous Theatre; Canada’s premiere professional Native Theatre School. While at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, Ryan was a two-time recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation Scholarships for his accomplishments in theatre.

Ryan’s artistic vision led him to co-found one of Canada’s only ALL ABORIGINAL COMEDY TROUPES – OTHER PEOPLES KIDS (OPK). While with Other Peoples Kids, Ryan got a taste of the comedy bug. It was a bug that bit him in the ass and never let go. OPK played in theatres big and small, powwows, old folks homes, and bingo halls everywhere. After two years with OPK, the troupe dissolved and Ryan still had not found what he was looking for.

With his dreams still in hand, Ryan auditioned for Toronto Second City in the fall of 2001 and was accepted into the Second City Conservatory Training Program. Ryan also auditioned for the Toronto Theatre Alliance Cross Cultural Scholarship and was awarded full scholarship into the Second City Toronto Conservatory. With the halls and classrooms filled with pictures of such alumni as John Candy, Mike Myers, Eugene Levy, and Bill Murray, Ryan knew he was on to something good. At end of 2002, Ryan
graduated from the Second City Conservatory, after 18 months of intensive training. Since then, he's never looked back.

As one of the first-ever Native graduates of the Second City Toronto Conservatory Program, Ryan set his goals higher than ever. In the fall of 2002 Ryan formed Canada’s Premiere Native Improv/Sketch Comedy Troupe - Tonto’s Nephews. Ryan and troupe members Herbie Barnes, Sid Bobb, and Darrel Dennis took Toronto by storm. After playing in some of Toronto’s most exciting comedy venues the Nephews took their show on the road and showcased at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City in the summer of 2003. The trip to New York was an eye opening experience to say the least. With exposure to some of the funniest people on the planet, the most cutting edge improv/sketch comedy, and a healthy dose of humility, Ryan imagined a Native Theatre Company that could use theatre and the hilarity of everyday life to release our Nations past from our present to allow us to move into the future. While staring down never-ending winding roads in Central Park, Ryan realized the complexities and possibilities of life, comedy, culture, history, storytelling, laughter, and theatre. On that day, MooseGuts Theatre Company was born.

Shift to 2006 and Ryan McMahon is on top of his game. A standout comic in the Winnipeg comedy community - Ryan shows his comic chops by being a triple threat in improv/standup/sketch comedy and he never stops writing new material.