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A Night of Indigenous Comedy Comes to the Fine Arts Center

Adrianne Chalepah headlines show that features Jordan Jayi and Joshua Emerson

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (August 21, 2023) — From Netflix and Amazon comedy specials to NBC Peacock’s Rutherford Falls, Adrianne Chalepah will bring her unique Native take on the world back to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. Chalepah will headline with Jordan Jayi on Friday, September 15, 2023, with Joshua Emerson taking the stage as the opening act. This is a return to the FAC for Chalepah, who last performed here in 2019.

“Within Indigenous communities at this moment, the big question is ‘What is Native?’ and for us, it’s ‘What is Native comedy?’” said Chalepah. “There isn’t a consensus and that’s okay. I love it. It just demonstrates how diverse we are.”

Chalepah, a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, began her stand-up career at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, where she studied film production, journalism, and Indigenous history. Upon graduating, she joined the popular Native stand-up group, “49 Laughs Comedy,” and co-founded “Three Sisters Comedy.” Also an acclaimed actress, the mother of four can be seen on FX’s Reservation Dogs, Peacock’s Rutherford Falls, and Netflix’s Spirit Rangers.

Jordan Jayi, hailing from the Muscogee (Creek), Choctaw, and Mississippi Choctaw tribes, will share the stage with Chalepah. She has pursued stand-up comedy since 2020 and quickly rose to be one of Oklahoma’s most popular comedy producers, hosts, and comics.

Finally, Joshua  Emerson, the opening act for the Night of Indigenous Comedy, is a Dine’ (Navajo) comedian, writer, and actor based in Denver. He is the Co-Chair of the Denver American Indian Commission and a founding member of the award-winning comedy troupe and production company, DeadRoom Comedy.

Don’t forget, pre-theatre dining is back! Please join us for a buffet dinner in Taste before the show.


Tickets are $46.50. Dinner reservations are $30 per person; prepayment is required and space is limited. Reserve online at or call the box office at (719) 634-5583.


The award-winning FAC Theatre Company produces an annual season of innovative and exciting theatrical productions and is committed to creating stories that heal, uplift, educate and enlighten in a thoughtful and inclusive environment.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

The story of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College (FAC) began with the founding of the Broadmoor Art Academy in 1919. A museum, performing arts theatre, and community art school, the FAC is a pillar in the cultural community of the Rocky Mountain West providing innovative, educational, and multi-disciplinary arts experiences designed to elevate the individual spirit and inspire community vitality. For more information about the FAC, visit or follow on Facebook @CSFineArtsCenter.