Award winning actor and comedian of movies such as “Thief Of Time”, “Turquoise Rose”, “Mile Post 398”, “James & Ernie Comedy” and more has been a professional Native American performer and presenter since 1996, when he appeared in his first professional acting job for the Actors Theater of Phoenix in a world premiere play titled “Katsina”. Since then Ernie has gone on to work as a professional performer in films, television, theatre, radio, and stand up comedy. Ernie is co-founder and owner of the popular and award winning “James & Ernie Comedy” duo as well as the super duper Native American comedy showcase “49 Laughs Comedy”. He is also an original member of “Native Comedy All Stars” an all Native American stand up comedy showcase featuring 49 Laughs Comedy and the Showtime featured Pow-Wow Comedy Jam guys. Ernie is proud to be a sober and drug free Native American entertainer and motivational speaker. His weapons against alcoholism, addiction, depression and suicide are his powerful personal story of beating the odds himself against alcoholism and addiction. Ernie performs and presents comedy with a positive message and his comedy serves as the vehicle to pass along this most important of messages. Humor and laughter are amazing tools and is definitely medicine for the soul and Ernie uses them to gain the trust, confidence, and the attention of his audience making Ernie an awesome addition to your event as a comedian, speaker, conference presenter, event entertainer and so on.
-North American Indigenous Image Awards – 2009 Comedian of the year award for James & Ernie Comedy -American Indian Motion Picture Awards – 2007 Best Supporting Actor Award for “Mile Post 398″ -Cherokee International Film Festival – 2005 Best Variety Award for “James & Ernie-fied 04″ -The filming of the “James & Ernie-fied” DVD Farmington, NM September 27th, 2004
Comedian, film maker, and writer Adrianne Chalepah is a young Native American (Kiowa/Apache) female entertainer from Anadarko, Oklahoma. Raised in a predominantly Native American community, Chalepah experienced much hardship growing up facing poverty, alcoholism, and abuse. However, these hardships prepared her for a career in stand up comedy and motivational speaking. She began her career in entertainment while attending Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado in 2004. In 2007, she and her college sweetheart welcomed a beautiful baby boy into the world. And in 2009, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude. Her career in stand up comedy took off in 2010 when she teamed up with the popular Native American comedy troupe, 49 Laughs Comedy. Since then, 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 most recently, Chalepah introduced First Lady Michelle Obama at a campaign speech in Colorado.
Adrianne is currently on tour with 49 Laughs Comedy and enjoys performing for communities throughout Indian Country.