Comedian, film maker, and writer Adrianne Chalepah is a young Native American (Kiowa/Apache) female entertainer from Anadarko, Oklahoma. Raised in a predominantly Native American community, Chalepah experienced much hardship growing up facing poverty, alcoholism, and abuse. However, these hardships prepared her for a career in stand up comedy and motivational speaking. She began her career in entertainment while attending Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado in 2004. In 2007, she and her college sweetheart welcomed a beautiful baby boy into the world. And in 2009, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude. Her career in stand up comedy took off in 2010 when she teamed up with the popular Native American comedy troupe, 49 Laughs Comedy. Since then, she’s been featured in the Sept/Oct 2011 Issue of Native Peoples magazine as the leading Native female comedian in America. She’s also been a guest star on the late night television show “The After After Party” with host Steven Michael Quezada, and most recently, Chalepah opened up for the First Lady Michelle Obama at a campaign speech in Colorado. Adrianne is now on tour with 49 Laughs Comedy and enjoys performing for communities throughout Indian Country.
Chalepah GAVE the invocation for Michelle Obama at a campaign event at Fort Lewis College in October. She’s turned her awkward, star-struck exchange with the First Lady, as well as their height difference, into a comedy sketch at subsequent shows. “She was towering over me,” Chalepah remembers. “I gave this little half-pat hug, and she came in with a full-fledged big squeeze, the kind your mom gives. I wasn’t prepared for it and lost my train of thought. When you get the chance to meet a famous person, you want to say something intelligent. Of course I blew it. The only thing that came to mind was how pretty she looked. We exchanged some more words and fortunately I recovered a little. But I walked away afterward and shook my head, like ‘really?’”