The 49 Laughs crew treated a sold out crowd to some hysterical “rez jokes” Saturday, Jan. 10 at the Sky Ute Casino Resort Event Center.
The crew isn’t the first Native comedy troupe to visit the Sky Ute Casino Resort, but their show may have been the most successful.
“We have done quite a few Native comics in the past, but have never had that kind of response, so we were very pleased,” Tracy Leppert, Sky Ute Casino marketing coordinator said.
The 49 Laughs crew consists of the award winning Navajo comedy duo “James and Ernie,”; Adrianne Chalepah (Kiowa and Apache); Pax Harvey (Navajo); and Tatanka Means (Omaha, Lakota and Navajo).
The female voice of the crew, Chalepah, said she was beyond pleased with the turnout at the show.
“It was a really good turnout, especially since it was our first time preforming at the Sky Ute Casino,” Chalepah said. “I hope that they bring us back.”
In addition to joke telling, the members of the group are also motivational speakers and are often viewed as positive role models for Native communities to look up to.
“I really honor being a role model; it has made me mindful. It’s about being respectful. I act like how I would act in front of my grandmother,”Chalepah said. “I’m very fortunate to be apart of a group that is all native and all sober. We motivate each other to be healthy, mentally, physically and spiritually.”
Chalepah started her comedic career after a successful open mic session held at Ft. Lewis College. She later began opening up for other comedians before she was asked to join the 49 Laughs crew. She quit her well-paying job at a bank to pursue being a full-time stand up comedian.
“It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever done … I was four months pregnant at the time too,” she said.
Luckily, Chalepah has proven to be a natural at making audiences laugh.
If you missed the show, you should be able to catch them back here in the near future.
“As well as they did we are looking to bring them in at least once a year, if not twice a year,” Leppert said.