Native Comedy Festival
Native American Comedy
About the Organization
Native Comedy Festival and its Good Medicine comedy show were created by stand-up comedian, writer and producer Jackie Keliiaa (Yerington Paiute & Washoe). Keliiaa began stand-up at the renowned Brainwash Café in San Francisco and has been performing and producing shows throughout the Bay Area for over a decade. In May 2020, Good Medicine began as a virtual comedy show to highlight Native comedians and fundraise for tribes impacted by COVID-19, raising over $11,000 for charitable causes. In July 2021, Keliiaa produced Good Medicine’s first in-person performance at the Cal Shakes Bruns Amphitheater. Good Medicine has been invited to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The Perelman Performing Arts Center in New York City; Jackie aims to travel Good Medicine across the country.
Highlights from Good Medicine Native Comedy Night in July, 2021.
Living Cultures Grant
Good Medicine Native Comedy
With funding from ACTA’s Living Cultures Grant Program, Native Comedy Festival will produce Good Medicine Native Comedy, a night of live Native stand-up comedy at the California Shakespeare Theater as part of the Season of Shared Light program. The event will include a Native artisan market, a 90-minute comedy show, and a dance party to follow.
Adrianne Chalepah during Good Medicine at Cal Shakes, 2021. Photo: Jim McCambridge.
Good Medicine at Cal Shakes, 2021. Left to Right: Brian Bahe, Kaitlyn Jeffers, Adrianne Chalepah, Marc Yaffee, Jackie Keliiaa. Photo: Jay Yamada.
Eric Ting being honored with a blanket during Good Medicine at Cal Shakes, 2021. Photo: Jay Yamada.
Good Medicine at Cal Shakes, 2021. Left to Right: Eric Ting, Adrianne Chalepah, Kaitlyn Jeffers, Jackie Keliiaa, Marc Yaffee, Brian Bahe. Photo: Jim McCambridge.