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Photo by Justin Clark on Unsplash

Cowboys are beloved by Americans for being Machiavellian, courageous, gunslinging, white men.

When it comes to cowboys, you may already be familiar with the legendary Western characters of film: The lawless Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the desperados in Sergio Leone’s The Good the Bad and the Ugly, or the masked cowboy The Lone Ranger, who inspired the entire trope of the solitary but well-intentioned cowboy.

These movies were all made in the 50s and 60s at a time when anything set in the Wild West brought in insurmountable revenue for theatres. And yet, from 2010 to the present day, the United States has churned out more than one-hundred different cowboy-themed films alone, showing that Westerns are still captivating audiences at a bountiful rate. …


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Chelby Joseph (me) and Bianca Brutus interviewed Felipe Torres Medina, writer for the immensely popular late night show, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Felipe is a comedian of color who gave us an inside look at what it means to be a comedy writer in today’s social climate and priceless advice on what it takes to be staffed on a comedy show.

This interview is a part of our new series with New Yorkville where we interview successful comedians of color and get their stories to share with you.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Felipe Torres Medina and I’m a writer from Colombia. I was born there and lived there until I was twenty-three and I’m twenty-eight now, so I’ve been [in the U.S.] for five years now. I went to college [in Colombia] at the Universidad de Los Andes and then moved here as soon as I finished college in 2013 to do my masters. I went and got my masters in screenwriting at Boston University in their MFA program. At the time, you did four semesters in Boston and then an optional semester in L.A. (now I think you have to do a semester in L.A.), but I wanted to go to Boston because I wanted to move to New York because I liked the New York comedy scene.Then as soon as I graduated, I moved here and started doing Upright Citizens Brigade, which is UCB, which is now dead. So, I did UCB And eventually got invited to this event and was subsequently hired at [The Late Show with Stephen Colbert].


C’mon and Join the Ville’

Welcome to the New Yorkville submission page! We’re so excited that you're interested in writing or sharing your videos with us and ask that you follow the guidelines below so that we can get your work published —

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Who Can Submit to New Yorkville:

  • New Yorkville is open to any comedian who identifies as a person of color. Please know that this is not to exclude non-people of color, but instead serves to emphasize the voices of comedians of color.
  • We currently are not publishing articles that are a part of the Medium Partner program but are open to allowing more flexibility in the future. …


All About New Yorkville's Current Editors

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Chelby Joseph is a sophomore at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and studies Dramatic Writing and Producing. When she isn’t waiting in the Saturday Night Live line or contemplating if it’s too late to become a rockstar, she enjoys reading any book she can find around the house. Chelby is from a rural suburb in Illinois and discovered the world of comedy after breaking her wrist and having nothing to do but spend the entire summer watching MAD TV and reading about Mindy Kaling. She never thought that breaking a bone would be so beneficial. …


The Online Comedy Club for Comedians of Color

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Welcome to New Yorkville! The place to be if you're a comedian of color and want to share your work with a larger, untapped audience.

Founded because of the lack of diversity and inclusion in most college comedy clubs, New Yorkville hopes to be an inclusive platform where people of color can be funny without the pressure of being the only person of color in the room (or on a comedy website).

To join the world of New Yorkville and get your writing and videos published on our platform, check out our submission guidelines here. If your piece is not accepted, we’ll let you know why. …


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Image Provided by the Interviewed Loose Change

The following transcript documents the conversation between the sticky penny that seems to be stuck to your tile, the rusty dime under the rug in front of your couch, and Junk Drawers' own interviewer, Interviewer. Here’s what they all had to say:

Penny: Hi, it’s great to be here.

Dime: Yea, I agree. I’ve never been interviewed before so forgive me if I’m a bit nervous.

Interviewer: I completely understand how you feel. When I first started interviewing inanimate objects it was scary for me and the objects I was interviewing. …


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Image Provided by the Interviewed Rubber Band Ball

Not many humans know what it’s like to be me, a rubber band ball. Compared to the other things people always seem to have in their offices, I’m much cooler. I’m multicolored, can be used as a bouncy ball or stress toy, and if you put me on your desk, it’s literally science that your coworkers will think you’re 35% smarter than you actually are. Oh, and I’m made out of rubber bands…so if you use rubber bands regularly, I guess that’s something cool about me too.

Anyway! When you’re a rubber band ball, everyone who sees you wants to pick you up. Sometimes I think to myself, “life would be so much easier if I were a can opener or those fancy glass cups that grandma’s keep in a cabinet” because then I could just collect dust. …


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Image Provided by Interviewed Toothbrush

It feels like yesterday my owner, Jessie, peeled me out of a variety package of toothbrushes — six toothbrush variety pack for soft teeth to be exact. Now, my bristles are worn and I should’ve been thrown away two months ago. Don’t tell Jessie that though!

I come from a generic brand of toothbrushes — not Crest, Oral B, or even a CVS Pharmacy brand — but I’ve always made it work. I like to think that my lack of fancy gadgets makes me more appealing to the common man. I may not be electric or have that bumpy side on the back of most toothbrushes that scrubs your tongue, but hey, I clean your teeth. …

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