I'm a Native American who grew up on a reservation and went to tribal schools growing up. Now I’m a professional comedy writer. My name is Joey Clift AMA!
My Bio: I’m an enrolled member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe (aboriginal land is southern Washington State), I grew up on the Tulalip Indian Reservation and went to Tulalip tribal schools for most of my K through 12 education. Now I live in Los Angeles and have written for Cartoon Network, DreamWorks, Nerdist, Cracked, UCB, The Pack Theater and a ton of other places. This year I put up the first ever showcase of American Indian Comedians at UCB which was very fun. I can speak a lot on the struggles of Natives in Hollywood, any general questions about native country or any general questions about comedy writing and working in the entertainment industry. No question is too silly. My name is Joey Clift. Ask me anything!
Some of my writing credits if you want to ask about specific things: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4187787/
I recently wrote a short satire book about Native representation in media called "The American Indian Ready To Wear Catalog 2018" that does a good job explaining some of the things we have to deal with. It was illustrated by Janet Myer who is an amazing Cowlitz artist and also my mom (how cute). You can download a free pdf of it here:
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Edit 2: This blew up! I'm working through everyone's questions but if I don't get to yours right away, I'll definitely respond within the next few days so keep asking stuff! Also, if you found this whole thing at all interesting and you want to support me, follow me on twitter!
Edit 3: I've been sitting on my couch answering questions for 8 hours and I'm starting to smell so I should probably step away for the day. I'll keep checking this thread and answering questions throughout the week, so keep asking stuff! Before I go, here are a few more things I'd like to promote.
- Physical copies of my book "The American Indian Ready To Wear Catalog 2018" are for sale at https://redcatpress.com/. It's $5 and I've only got a few copies left, so order now! (A free pdf of it can be found above)
- I was a guest on the Earwolf podcast Yo Is This Racist!? a few weeks ago where I talked a ton about the struggles of Natives in Hollywood. Give that a listen here!
- I was a guest on the Dead Meat podcast two weeks ago where I talked a ton about Indian Burial Grounds. Listen to that here!
- And if you like stuff that's weird, I host a podcast called "25 Minutes of Silence" which is a podcast where a guest and I just sit in silence for 25 Minutes. Check that out here!
Thanks for all of the questions!