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.

Submissions Now Open for 2019 ‘Lets Hear Your FUNNY’

Deadline August 15, 2019 | Comedy Writers & Stand Up Comics 

Comedy Writers 

Application Materials

Each submission must be complete in order to be considered. A complete application packet includes:

Letter of Interest
Work Resume or Bio
Two (2) Writing Samples: one (1) half-hour or one-hour episodic spec script based on a current prime time television series which aired new episodes during the 2017/2018 season on any network or cable channel and (1) original work of writing – (original pilot, stage play or short fiction story). Original material should match in tone the spec script.
A signed and notarized Submission Release form for the writing samples.
Contact information must include an e-mail address for further communication from Red Nation Television Network.
Applications cannot be processed until they are complete.
Writing samples will not be returned.

Native comedy writers will be chosen from this program to write for future original programming to air on Red Nation Television Channel-Native is Here.

E-Mail the completed packet to:

Stand Up Comedy 

Let’s Hear Your FUNNY™
In partnership with The Laugh Factory

Presented in Los Angeles at Red Nation International Film Festival – The Authentic Voice of American Indian & Indigenous Cinema, we offer an annual ‘Native Comedy Showcase’ The goal is to get native comedians in front of industry executives to begin the process of developing careers which can lead to a possible series. 

Comics are chosen to perform at The Laugh Factory. Comedians will have 5 minutes to perform their stand up. Comedians performance will be filmed. Comics will perform in front of a real live audience, with other known comedians listening. In addition Lets Hear Your FUNNY will be filmed and edited to broadcast on Red Nation Television Network – Native is Here (RNTV).

Send in a taped 3 minute set. 

E-Mail the completed packet to:

Success stories include: “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). 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 11th Red Nation Film Festival & Awards Show – The 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” was filmed for a Native Comedy Special which broadcast on Red Nation Television Channel-Native is Here and is streaming now on


RNIFF Founder and Executive Producer, Joanelle Romero first launched this groundbreaking concept ‘Native Comedy Night’ in 2007 at Budd Freeman’s Comedy Store in Hollywood which help launched the careers of JR Redwater, Jim Raul, Marc Gaffe in Hollywood. RNIFF produced the Native Comedy Night again in 2008 downtown Los Angeles and is a annual event held during Red Nation International Film Festival.  It marked the first time in the Entertainment Industry history that an all native comedy LIVE show was produced.


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