TOsketchfest will bring APTN’s satirical news and talk show The Laughing Drum to The Great Hall on March 15, 2019 to tape two episodes in front of a live audience!
Hosted by Tim Fontaine (Walking Eagle News), The Laughing Drum takes a sharp, humorous look at Canadian and Indigenous politics, entertainment, and current events. In each episode, The Laughing Drum uses actual news footage, field segments, interviews, and the Red Power Panel to dissect the issues facing Indigenous Peoples.
Tim has put together a stellar line-up of guests for the Red Power Panel at TOsketchfest including:
Elissa Black Wolf Kixen is an Anishinaabe Two Spirit Comedian/Producer whose roots lay in Couchiching First Nation, Ontario. They have travelled across Canada and the USA as a Comedian and improviser and use comedy as a tool in dealing with racism, homophobia and sexism. They are the co-founder/producer of WOKE Comedy Hour and are regularly featured on APTN’s The Laughing Drum. Kixen also co-produces Queer and Present Danger and they are the executive producer for Minogondaagan: the good voice podcast.
Craig Lauzon is well known to television audiences as a comedic actor on AIR FARCE. He made his first appearance on AIR FARCE in October 2002, and became a regular in September 2004. Other television credits include The Guilt Free Zone, Fool Canada, The Ron James Show, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival and several voices on the animated series Beyblade and feature Beyblade: The Movie. Craig is a founding member of the sketch comedy troupe Tonto’s Nephews with Native-Canadian roots. Originally from Ottawa, Craig is of Ojibway descent. He is now based in Toronto.
Candy Palmater is a gay Mi’kmaw actor, writer, comic and activist. She graduated as valedictorian of her class at Dalhousie Law School and went on to practice labour law. She is the star of her own national TV show called The Candy Show on APTN and has acted in many other series including The Trailer Park Boys on Netflix. Candy has also had her own national radio show and can be heard often on CBC Radio One. Most recently, Candy has signed a book deal. Harper Collins with be releasing her first book, a memoir, in the spring of 2020. Candy is currently taping Season One of her Podcast, Sweet Talk with Candy Palmater, that will be available on iTunes and on TheCandyShow.com website by spring 2019.
Kaniehtiio Horn, bear clan, is a Kanien’kehaka actress from Kahnawake, QC. Recent credits include Tanis on CraveTV’s Letterkenny, Tara in hit web series GhostBFF and Leah in CBC’s upcoming legal drama Diggstown. Kaniehtiio recurs in Amazon’s Man in the High Castle and stars in the feature film Mohawk. In April 2018 she launched, ‘Coffee With My Ma’, a podcast of stories told to her by her 78 year old radical native rights activist mother, Kahentinetha Horn. Tiio loves her family, swimming, watching TV, pink (the colour) and Boodz her cat.
And last, but certainly not least . . .
The host of APTN’s The Laughing Drum and founder of Walking Eagle News, Tim Fontaine was a real life reporter for almost two decades before becoming a pretend reporter. As a journalist he covered everything from elections to the conflict at Standing Rock, while as a comedic journalist he once drank a smoothie made of bannock and hot tea. So he’s got that going for him, which is nice. Tim has also written for and appeared on The Beaverton.