Let's Hear Your FUNNY

*Attention: Applications Open August 2023

Founded 2007

Program Overview

Red Nation Comedy Writers & StandUp is a program that began in 2007, its designed to develop native comedy writers for feature films and television sit-coms and develop stand-up comedy performers. Our professional team is made up of industry professionals who work along side the comedy writers, its a think tank, creative environment where these writers are natured and developed for a professional career.

Let's Hear Your FUNNY

September 25, 2021

Let's Hear Your FUNNY - Conversation Series

(Virtual Event)

Where are they today the comics of Let’s Hear Your FUNNY 2014.  “Lets Hear Your FUNNY” Featured comics: Joanelle Romero, Ernest Tsosie III, Lydell Roberts, Kasey Nicholson. 

Streaming Now on www.rednationtv.com and our YouTube Channel.

Let's Hear Your FUNNY

November 3, 2014

LEt's Hear Your FUNNY


(In Person Event)

On November 3rd, 2014 Red Nation Celebration Institute was proud to bring back the FUNNY, “Lets Hear Your FUNNY”, a native comedy night, our partner The World’s Famous Laugh Factory on Sunset Blvd hosted the event to kick-off 19th Red Nation Film Festival & Awards ShowThe Authentic Voice of American Indian & Indigenous Cinema. Seventeen submissions from all over the country for the competition were entered. Nine native comics were chosen to perform. “Lets Hear Your FUNNY” was in honor of Charlie Hill, Robin Williams, Joan Rivers.

“Lets Hear Your FUNNY” special guest appearance Paul Rodriguez. Featured comics: JR Redwater, Joanelle Romero, Ernest Tsosie III, Will Spottedbear, Charlie Mulluk Jr., Lydell Roberts, Kasey Nicholson, Sheldon Starr (comics came in from all over the country South Dakota, Montana, Seattle, Az and LA).

“Lets Hear Your FUNNY” was filmed for a Native Comedy Special which broadcast on Red Nation Television Network – Streaming Now on www.rednationtv.com.

November 2008


at United American Indian Involvement, Inc.

(In Person Event)

RNIFF produced the Native Comedy Night again in 2008 downtown Los Angeles and is a annual event held during Red Nation International Film Festival.

November 2007


AT Improv Comedy Club

(In Person Event)

RNIFF Founder and Executive Producer, Joanelle Romero first launched this groundbreaking concept ‘Native Comedy Night’ in 2007 at Bud Friedman’s Comedy Store in Hollywood which launched the careers of JR Redwater, Jim Raul, Marc Gaffe in Hollywood. It marked the first time in the Entertainment Industry history that an all native comedy LIVE show was produced.

Let's Hear Your FUNNY

‘Lets Hear Your FUNNY’ is a Native Indigenous Comedy TV Special currently being pitched.

A Production of Red Nation Films

~ Pilot Streaming at Red Nation Television Network ~

For More Information Contact Red Nation Films @ media@rednation.com.

  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • NoVo Foundation
  • California Community Foundation
  • National Endowment for Humanities

Support for the Let's Hear Your FUNNY

Let’s Hear Your FUNNY is made possible through gifts, grants and sponsorships.

Give your support to Let’s Hear Your FUNNY program.

  • Department of Cultural Affairs City of Los Angeles
  • Gavin White Empowerment Fund
  • Joanelle Romero
  • RNCI Board of Directors

RNCI Year-Round Program Calendar

The Red Nation Celebration Institute Programs focus on the specific development of storytellers from Native and Indigenous backgrounds, encompassing feature film and episodic work. Fellows will receive hands-on support from the Institute and advisors, including one-on-one feedback sessions and roundtable discussions.

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