Manifest Destiny's Child stake their claim in Canadian comedy

q turns the spotlight on an up-and-coming Indigenous women's stand-up comedy collective.
In a world where male stand-ups still dominate, these First Nations women behind Manifest Destiny's Child are claiming the stage. (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)

Manifest Destiny's Child, Toronto's up-and-coming Indigenous women's stand-up comedy collective, see "the q" as their first step toward being "Canada famous."

Two of their seven members, Celeste Hayward and Melissa Deleary join Shad to single out the Beyonce of their group, poke fun at Kevin "Sinking Ship" Costner, and reveal their intentions for Wab Kinew.

The women also joke about "the perks of 523 years of oppression" and why they're thrilled to "play up their good qualities of being smart, funny, attractive [and], good with money."

Manifest Destiny's Child is a collective of indigenous stand-up comics. They play in Toronto at the Comedy Bar every third Sunday of the month. (Manifest Destiny's Child!)


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