Award winning actor and comedian of movies such as “Thief Of Time”, “Turquoise Rose”, “Mile Post 398”, “James & Ernie Comedy” and more has been a professional Native American performer and presenter since 1996, when he appeared in his first professional acting job for the Actors Theater of Phoenix in a world premiere play titled “Katsina”. Since then Ernie has gone on to work as a professional performer in films, television, theatre, radio, and stand up comedy.

Ernie is co-founder and owner of the popular and award winning “James & Ernie Comedy” duo as well as the super duper Native American comedy showcase “49 Laughs Comedy”. He is also an original member of “Native Comedy All Stars” an all Native American stand up comedy showcase featuring 49 Laughs Comedy and the Showtime featured Pow-Wow Comedy Jam guys.

Ernie is proud to be a sober and drug free Native American entertainer and motivational speaker. His weapons against alcoholism, addiction, depression and suicide are his powerful personal story of beating the odds himself against alcoholism and addiction. Ernie performs and presents comedy with a positive message and his comedy serves as the vehicle to pass along this most important of messages.

Humor and laughter are amazing tools and is definitely medicine for the soul and Ernie uses them to gain the trust, confidence, and the attention of his audience making Ernie an awesome addition to your event as a comedian, speaker, conference presenter, event entertainer and so on.

“It is great to be a Native American but it’s even greater to be a sober, drug free, and abuse free Native American!” – Ernest David Tsosie, III



  • 2009 Comedian of the Year, North American Indigenous Image Awards
  • 2007 Best Supporting Actor, “Mile Post 398” – 32nd American Indian Motion Picture Awards, San Francisco, CA
  • 2005 Best Variety award James & Ernie-fied Comedy video, Cherokee Film Festival





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