Writing Native American Stand-Ups Into the History of Comedy
And yet, while there are many Native American comics today, including members of Sketch Congregation 1491 that his book contains the Nesteroff Chronicle, mainstream opportunities are rare. “When we hear diversity in Hollywood, Native Americans are rarely included under that umbrella,” Nesteroff said. “It needs to change.”
His book provides context for an argument about the importance of representation, detailing a detailed history of racism suffered by indigenous peoples in popular culture, from esoteric fantasy and animation (which is particularly arrogant) to conservative, humorous Native American Monitors conservatism. I Love Lucy “and” Dance with Wolves. “
Nesteroff began his book describing growing up in Western Canada, where images of indigenous artists, he says, are more generic than in the United States. For years he worked as a stand-up comic, and confessed that he still misses performing. He gained attention after his online post about showbiz history. An appearance on Mark Maran’s podcast in 2013 marked his first book deal.
Subsequently, he agreed to be called a historian. “It does a boring person”, Nestoroff said, implicating his previous bias in a brief academic career. (He was expelled from high school for showering teachers in a speech to the school president.) But he has since assumed the position, even calling it “his role to educate people.” And he has done this as a talking head at CNN and Vice.
Nesteroff still has a comic trend. “I always go for the best story because I’m still entertaining at heart,” he said. “My biggest fear is getting boring.”
This is evident from our conversation, which he packs in detail with rich stories and occasional impressions. When asked about his Hollywood neighborhood, he said he did not want to reveal it “due to Internet fascists”, but immediately began to explain his showbiz history, including a nearby building where An actor in one of the films of cult director Ed Wood committed suicide. “People say LA doesn’t respect its history, but it’s not true when it comes to residential buildings,” he said. “It is a status symbol that lives in Greta Garbo’s old house. ‘What ever happened to baby Jane?’ The bus was put on the market. “