Rez Dogs & A Lady Bring Stand-Up Comedy to UM

September 22, 2014

MISSOULA – Comedy troupe Rez Dogs & A Lady will perform at the University of Montana at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, in the University Center Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

The stand-up comedy performance is part of an inspirational all-Native comedy tour. The four troupe members are part of 49 Laughs Comedy, which was co-founded by Navajo comedy duo “James and Ernie Comedy.”

Rez Dogs & A Lady comedians are Adrianne Chalepah, Ernest “Ernie” Tsosie, Pax Harvey and James Junes. 

A comedian, filmmaker and writer, Chalepah is a young Native American female entertainer from Anadarko, Okla. She’s been featured in the Sept./Oct. 2011 Issue of Native Peoples magazine as the leading Native female comedian in America. She’s also been a guest star on the late-night television show “The After After Party” with host Steven Michael Quezada, and in 2012, she was honored to open up for first lady Michelle Obama at a campaign event in Colorado.

Tsosie is a co-founder and owner of the popular and award-winning “James & Ernie Comedy” duo as well as 49 Laughs Comedy.  He has held roles in movies such as “Thief of Time,” “Turquoise Rose,” “Mile Post 398” and “James & Ernie Comedy,” among others.     

Junes has been doing comedy for more than a decade as a solo comedy act, guest speaker, actor and as part of the award-winning duo “James and Ernie Comedy.” 

Harvey recently made his acting debut in the cult favorite “More Than Frybread.” 

For more information on 49 Laughs visit http://www.49laughscomedy.com/.  

The Missoula performance is part of UM’s Native American & Minority Health and Cultural Competency Lecture Series. For more information on the event or the series call Wilena Old Person at 406-243-4097 or email wilena.oldperson@umontana.edu

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Contact: Wilena Old Person, student resource adviser, UM Native American Center of Excellence, 406-243-4097, wilena.oldperson@umontana.edu.