Joey Clift is a comedy writer, performer, and enrolled member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe based out of Los Angeles. His writing credits include Wabbit and Lego Ninjago: Decoded for Cartoon Network, OMG and Swamp Talk with Shrek and Donkey for DreamWorks and Nerdist News with Jessica Chobot for Nerdist, among other shows. A web series episode he co-wrote for the Fine Brothers was nominated for a 2017 Streamy Award in the Immersive category.
He’s also written for Cracked, Defy Media, The CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase, David Zucker’s Circa Laughs, Wisecrack, Guff, truTV, SyFy, Nat Geo Wild, and The Devastator. His sketches and projects have been featured by Comedy Central’s Tosh.0, Funny or Die, UCB Comedy, CollegeHumor, and elsewhere. In total, he’s written comedy articles and sketches that have been viewed online hundreds of millions of times. He is the host of “Chats on Cats with Joey Clift,” which is a monthly cat themed late night talk show at the UCB Theater, and the podcast “25 Minutes of Silence,” which is a podcast where he and a guest sit in silence for 25 minutes. Splitsider named the show one of their podcasts of the week and called it “the sort of show that Andy Kaufman might have cooked up if he were still around.”
He recently released a satirical book about Native American representation in media called “The American Indian Ready to Wear Catalog 2018”, which was illustrated by Janet Myer who is a great artist and his actual mom (how cute). It’s available for purchase via Red Cat Press.
Most importantly, he is the admin of the LA Underground Cat Network, an 8000-member strong Facebook group for Los Angeles comedians to share pictures of their cats. Yes, that suit he’s wearing is covered in cat faces. He’s kind of a cat guy.
November 24, 2019
Nick, Heather and Matt ask enrolled Cowlitz Indian Tribal Member Joey Clift (Telling People You’re Native American When You’re Not Native Is A Lot Like Telling A Bear You’re A Bear When You’re Not A Bear, Lego Ninjago: Decoded) to review Custer’s Revenge for a very special Thanksgiving episode, and Joey has a serious discussion with them about tokenization.
November 19, 2019
Andrew, Tawny and Producer Zig are joined by Joey Clift (Wow! You’re Native American Too!? & Telling People You’re Native American When You’re Not Native Is A Lot Like Telling A Bear You’re A Bear When You’re Not A Bear) to discuss racist mascots, dating apps and problematic studio executives. They also bid adieu to their beloved Producer Zig. Got a question about racist stuff? Give us a call at (323) 389-RACE.
September 1, 2019
“What if the Marvel Entertainment Monolith never happened?” That alternate historical premise might sound insane to you if you were born after the turn of the millennium. But here’s two things you Post-9/11 Babies may not know: “Y2K” was a big weird panic that’s funny in hindsight, and Iron Man used to be a niche unknown thing. Within the past 11 years, random comics characters like Captain America and a raccoon with a gun went from minor doodles to global megastars. And on this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by two full-on comics experts (Cracked’s own Cyriaque Lamar and comedy’s own Joey Clift) for a look back at how the dominant entertainment property of the 2010s sprang from one low-level Marvel employee and a whole bunch of lucky breaks. Discover the handful of left-field casting decisions, little kid focus groups, and Samuel L. Jackson dogged obsessions that sent billions of dollars flying in whole new directions and changed your past decade of moviegoing.
February 17, 2019
Can all Natives attend college for free? (No!) Can Natives vote in US elections? (Yes!) Do all Natives live in teepees? (Of course not!) These are all real questions that comedian, writer, performer Joey Clift, a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, has had to answer! Luckily he’s not doing it alone, this week Joey chats with Lucas Brown Eyes, an Oglala Lakota tribe member and the first Native American writer to sale a sitcom a major television network.
November 13, 2018
For the 1000th episode, Andrew and Tawny welcome Yo, Is This Racist? all-stars Edgar Momplaisir, Dani Fernandez, Joey Clift, Solomon Georgio, Gaby Dunn, Brodie Reed, Carl Tart, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Naomi Ekperigin, and Kara Brown to explore what they should do next since they have solved racism. As always, leave us a message about anything you think is racist at (323) 389-RACE.