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Native comedians collaborate with Comedy Central


October 25, 2021

This is not Cowlitz comedian Joey Clift’s first time at the animated short video rodeo. But it is the first time this Comedy Central video that is about an actual Native mascot change, and for that, he is grateful.

Earlier in October, when the then Cleveland Indians played their last game with that name, (they have changed their name now to the Cleveland Guardians) Clift, in the first time ever collaboration with Comedy Central, released his latest video that he wrote, directed and starred in.

“I released a new animated short with Comedy Central!” Clift told Indian Country Today. “It's called ‘How to Cope with Your Team Changing Its Native American Mascot’ and it's a comedy PSA about sports fans whose teams just changed their weird Native mascots, like the Washington DC NFL team, Cleveland Indians and like, a million other teams because there are a lot.” Clift referenced his previous animated video with Comedy Central which compared being a bear with being a Native person.


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