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  

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


Contact: Wilena Old Person, student resource adviser, UM Native American Center of Excellence, 406-243-4097,