Skip to content

Winnipeg Bios

Hosted by:

Issa Kixen

Issa Kixen is an Anishinaabe Two Spirit comedian, journalist &
Producer, who is a band member of Couchiching First Nation, Ontario. They have traveled across Canada and the USA as a Comedian and improviser. They use comedy as a tool in dealing with racism, transphobia and ableism. They are the Co-founder/producer of WOKE Comedy Hour, Associate producer at CBC Manitoba, was featured on APTN’s The Laughing Drum, a member of the Bannock Babes drag collective and they are the executive producer for Minogondaagan: the good voice podcast.

Comedians

Skinny Kookoo
(Joyce Delarone)

Skinny Kookooo lives among you in the world, as Joyce Delaronde and is a super deadly Métis comedian/filmmaker from Duck Bay, Manitoba. She created, wrote, directed and produced the Skinny Kookoo Comedy Sketch Show featured on Shaw as well as screening at WAFF 2020 and TOSketchfest 2021. Skinny Kookoo hosted the Best Medicine Indigenous Comedy Festival – All My Relations show in Winnipeg 2021. Her character encompasses aunties, cousins and kookoos creating one unbearable, brutally honest grandma. You can see her comedy sketches and follow her on social media platforms @skinnykookoo.

Sherry McKay

Sherry McKay is an Anishinabe woman from Treaty 1 Territory. Born and raised in Winnipeg Manitoba and band member of Sakgeeng First Nation and proud mother of four. She is a social media influencer on Tiktok, Instagram and Youtube, and an aspiring filmmaker. It was through media she discovered a way to share important messages and engage in education and discussions regarding Indigenous issues such as MMIWG2S, systemic racism and cultural appropriation. Tiktok is where she has had the biggest impact on her journey with over 500k followers. Her future aspirations are to write and direct her own movie and sitcom series with an Indigenous focus and content consisting of Indigenous Comedy and Awareness.

Jasmine Tara

Jasmine Tara is a proud member of Peguis First Nation, and part settler with roots in Iceland.  They work in communications as a bridge-builder in communities, various Indigenous organizations and in her everyday life. She comes from a helper family and grew up in Winnipeg’s inner-city, Jasmine uses comedy to tell her stories. 

IndigE-girl Comedy really helped me gain the confidence & skills I needed to take that big step of getting on stage for the first time. Because of the zoom workshops I built up my skills & learned so much from folks who are seasoned comedians. All in all it was an amazing experience I’ll never forget. 

Jo MacDonald

Jo MacDonald is Anishinaabe, a budding beader, awesome scrunchie maker, playwright, short film creator, and a member of Prairie Theatre Exchange’s Emerging Playwrights Unit. She created Winn Nipi for PTE’s Winnipeg Stories Safe at Home Manitoba Project. Her play Neechie-itas won the Native American New Play contest and premiered in Oklahoma (Oklahoma Indigenous Theatre Co.). Other works include Mother’s Little Secret (Winnipeg Fringe), OUR HOME & native land (Sarasvati Productions), Songide’ewin (Sarasvati Productions), and four radio plays (Manitoba Theatre Projects). She is currently editing to death her latest comedy Land Claim, adapting Neechie-itas into a screenplay, and filming Nimaamaa Mitig/Mother Tree a short animation.

Heather Bjorklund

Heather Bjorklund has worn many different hats over the years. Most recently she was an Elder for a Sarasvati production that wanted a prayer done before the performance. It was all online and she was very happy to do it. Before the pandemic hit, she did a student film titled “Empty Nest”. It was for a film student from the University of Winnipeg. Heather has done a variety of films and theatre productions over the years, but her most favored production is still “Misty Lake” in which she was the stage manager. This fringe play won best of fest in 1999.

Shelby Tobacco

Shelby Tobacco hails straight from the bush and is taking over the internet by storm with her hilarious TikTok Videos of everyday life as a mother, lover and all around proud Rez Girl. This Cree Talking, Uncle Snagging, Bannock Making, Moose Calling  Internet sensation is a proud member of Mosakahiken Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba. Her comedy is inspired by characters of her community and the strong women who instilled in her, feistiness and humour. When Shelby is not busy yelling at her Man or her Kids, she is creating new content for her fans and booking shows. This upcoming comedian is currently entertaining in events in Swampy Cree Territory and going National with her involvement in “Crying, Loving and Leaving” Radio Show hosted by Pauline Clarke with Reindeer Lake Communications. So, Shut up! Sit still and get your ugly laughs ready! Auntie has something to say!!!

Mentors

Martha Chavez

Martha Chaves is a Nicaraguan-Canadian award-winning comedian, actor, activist, and playwright. She is a regular in the comedy circuits in Canada, the United States and Latin America, has performed at The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs, Laugh out Loud and The Debaters on CBC Radio. She’s a regular panelist on CBC’s Because News, also on CBC Radio. Her one-person show, In Times of Trouble, was featured in CAMINOS at the ALUNA Theatre Festival (Toronto) in the SOULO Festival (Toronto) and in SOLOCOM, NYC. In 2015, 2016, and 2017 respectively. Martha was voted Stand-Up Comic of the Year at the 2018 Canadian Comedy Awards. She is also a fierce human rights advocate, using humour to challenge the status quo in four different languages. She also happens to be funny as hell.

Web: marthachaves.com

Zabrina Douglas

Born and raised in Brampton, Zabrina Douglas is a comedian that draws from her experience as a Nurse, a mother, and the daughter of 2 Jamaican parents. “She’s one of the most exuberant and cheerful stand-ups working in the city. She can turn a whole show around by kicking up the energy in the room.”

Daniell Kayahara

Danielle Kayahara is a benevolent cat owner and promising up-and-comer in the Winnipeg comedy scene. Fuelled by equal parts anxiety and caffeine, she remains convinced that the former has nothing to do with the latte.

Production Team

Debbie Courchene
Artistic Director

Rayna Masterton
Production Manager

Jane Puchniak
Public Relations

Desiree Brightnose
Camera Op

Tara Carpenter
Photographer/Cam Op

Tayne Brenne
Editor