Darrell Dennis

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Darrell Dennis
Born Secwepemc
Occupation Comedian, Actor, Screenwriter & Radio personality.
Spouse(s) Katya Gardner

Darrell Dennis is a native Canadian comedian, actor, screenwriter and radio personality from the Secwepemc Nation in the interior of British Columbia.

As a writer, Darrell is an award winning playwright whose works have been published by Canada Playwrights Press. His short stories have been published in periodicals across Canada and the U.S.

In 2003, Darrell’s scripts Moccasin Flats was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival. The short film was later transformed into a television series that aired on the Showcase Network and APTN, and which Darrell also wrote for.

His one man show, “Tales of an Urban Indian” was nominated for two Dora Awards (Best Original Play and Best Performance by an actor) and has been produced for multiple tours across Canada and the United States, including a French translation that was performed in Montreal. Darrell also gave a special performance of “Tales” at the legendary Public Theater in New York City and The Autry Theater in Los Angeles. His feature film adaptation of “Tales of an Urban Indian” was accepted as one of 13 international screenplays to be work shopped at the prestigious Sundance Screenwriters Lab. In addition, a television pilot based on his one man show “Tales of an Urban Indian” was also produced by APTN and aired in 2009.

As a comedic writer, Darrell is a frequent contributor to CBC Radio including the election show Spin Off. Darrell co-founded the comedy troupe Tonto’s Nephews and has performed stand-up at gala performances for the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and the Just For Laughs Festival as well as numerous appearances on CBC radio and CBC Television.

In the summers of 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 he produced and hosted the CBC Radio One radio documentary series, ReVision Quest, which explored and challenged the various stereotypes about North American indigenous peoples. Revision Quest is now in its fourth season.

As a performer, Darrell has appeared in various Canadian television series including Northwood and The Rez and as the host of Bingo and a Movie.

His semi-autobiographical one-man play, "Tales of an Urban Indian", in which he explored themes of growing up as an indigenous First Nations Native American, was performed by him on a city bus driving on the streets of Barrie, Ontario in 2009. He performed the show in New York in March 2009.[1] A second run of performances in Barrie took place in early 2011 in preparation for taking the show on the road to other cities.

Personal life[edit]

Dennis is a member of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) Nation in British Columbia. He is married to actress Katya Gardner.


  1. ^ Zinoman, Jason (March 3, 2009). "Take My Life, Please: The Indian Version". The New York Times. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 

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