Gemini-Winning Actor and Director
Lorne Cardinal is undeniably one of the funniest men on the stage and in the small screen. As an entertainer, speaker, or event host, Cardinal effortlessly taps into his gift for comedic timing and his quick wit to ensure that audiences roll in the aisles with laughter. One of Canada’s most recognized aboriginal actors and directors, Cardinal has won two Gemini Awards for his performances in Wapos Bay and Corner Gas as well as numerous nominations for his body of work.
Cardinal’s previous film and television acting credits include some of the most memorable Canadian-made programs, including North of 60, Blackfly, Lonesome Dove and Jake and the Kid. He has also directed episodes of Renegadepress.com, Moccasin Flats, and Rabbit Fall. On the stage, Cardinal has acted in a touring production of Thunderstick, and also directed a production of Thomson Highways’ Ernistine Shushwap Gets Her Trout and Three Little Birds by Kenneth T. Williams.
He is also a recurring host for award shows such as The National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, National Aboriginal Day, The Dreamcatchers Gala, and the Winnipeg Comedy Festival.
Cardinal is the recipient of an honourary PhD from Thompson Rivers University.