1. Paul Rabliauskas
2. Angie St. Mars
3. Abbie Falvo / Spencer Adamus (tie)
Paul Rabliauskas’ personal brand of humour is boisterous yet charming, whether he’s telling a story about matchmaking through diabetes or returning to his community of Poplar River First Nation and discovering there’s a wolf problem.
The Anishinaabe comedian talks a lot about living life on and off the reserve.
“I’m just trying to normalize who we are to the general public ... using humour as a tool to teach Canada about what’s going on in our backyard,” Rabliauskas said in an interview with the Canadian Press.
Although perhaps best known for his standup comedy, Rabliauskas recently announced he will be starring in a 10-episode comedy series he co-created. The show, Acting Good, which is loosely based on his life, is produced by Kistikan Pictures.
Previously, Rabliauskas has performed at festivals including Oddblock Comedy Festival, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, the Crackup Comedy Festival and the Arctic Comedy Festival. He has also hosted radio and television programs.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Rabliauskas also started an Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) language-learning podcast with his mom.
Published in Volume 76, Number 12 of The Uniter (December 2, 2021)