APTN and Canada Media Fund Greenlit Rez Comedy into Development

EXCLUSIVE: Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and the Canada Media Fund are among the backers of a comedy TV series billed as the first all-Canadian and Indigenous stand-up show. They have signed on to develop Rez Comedy Ltd.’s Rez Comedy series, which comes from Squamish comedian Keith Nahanee and filmmaker Quentin Lee, who will be co-showrunners, co-directors and co-executive producers on the 13-part show. Cindy AuYeung is a co-executive producer. In each episode, 13 Indigenous comedians from diverse genders, ages and sexual identities will perform half-hour sets at the Squamish Nation’s Chief Joe Mathias Centre. Nahanee will star in the pilot. His Lee-created special Comedy Invasion is on AAM.tv, Amazon Freevee, Roku Channel and Tubi. APTN is developing series with international distributor Viva Pictures, which sold series such as Comedy InvAsian to Peacock and HBO Max’s first Latinx stand-up comedy series Entre NosRez Comedy is planned to go into production in January 2024.

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