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CSKT Tribe member Thomas McClure joins comedians Donovan “Beef” Archambault, Kasey “Rezzalicious” Nicholson and Tonia Jo “Auntie Beachress” Hall who brought the laughs at KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino.

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POLSON — The Native American Comedy Show, which included Donovan “Beef” Archambault, Tonia Jo Hall “Auntie Beachress”, Kasey “Rezzalicious” Nicholson and CSKT tribesman Thomas McClure, filled the Kwataqnuk Casino parking lot Saturday night, the August 13.

The show sold out quickly, 250 general admissions and 50 VIP tickets in all. No tickets were available on the day of the show.

CSKT Tribe member Jami Pluff and her husband, CSKT Chief Judge Brad Pluff, along with other volunteers, hosted the show themselves.

Jami Pluff usually hosts conferences for work, so coordinating a comedy show was new territory for her. She received help from several other CSKT tribesmen, including Judy Bentley, Lisa Shourds, and C’Na Peak; and Amie Kowal.

The crew has put a lot of effort into accomplishing this for the community, especially the tribal members.

Peak, who resides in Seattle, Washington, and knows Mike Ruffin, the CEO and founder of Native American Comedy Jam, originally floated the idea of ​​bringing the show to the Flathead reservation. The show was supposed to take place in Bozeman, but Peak convinced Ruffin that it should take place on the Flathead reservation instead.

“If that had happened in Bozeman, I don’t know if that many Native people would have shown up and if they would have sold out,” Pluff said. “It was so nice to see so many Indigenous people together.”

In addition to directing the show, Ruffin helped Pluff plan and organize the event. Ruffin has already contacted Pluff to come for future gigs due to the show’s success and sellout.

The spacious 300-seat banquet hall, located on the ground floor of the casino, was packed with guests, many of them natives. Last-minute attendees found themselves with no available seats next to each other. As latecomers approached the space, they realized they hadn’t arrived in time to get good seats or adequate parking.

Activities that promote healing, camaraderie and, best of all, laughter are what the group feels should be prioritized after difficult years brought on by COVID.

As the audience sat side by side, throwing their heads back in laughter or squirming in their seats during the peals of laughter, it was clear the audience was having a good time.

Native American humor was the focus of this Native American comedy performance. Most, if not all, of the audience could relate to the jokes about Pablo, reservations, traditions, stereotypes, and other native topics.

“It’s so good to see people from the tribe who have been so saddened to be here and to be able to laugh,” said CSKT Tribe member Erica Shelby. “Looking around me, I see people who have lost grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.”

The crowd left with smiles on their faces after a night of good medicine.

Laughter is good medicine

A sold-out crowd laughs during the comedy show.

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