As American Indian Heritage Month rolls on, I’d like to introduce you to a few Indians you’ve probably never heard of... starting with Chuquai Billy (Choctaw and Lakota).
Chuquai Billy is a standup comedian. He was born in Gallup, New Mexico. He now lives and performs in London.
Yep... an American Indian who moved to England to tell jokes. How nutty is that?
Chuquai, in a 2007 interview, said: “A lot of what I do in my act is try to educate them away from the popular stereotypes most of Europe still believe about Native American people.”
But is he funny?
Based on the video below, I would vote thumbs down.
In 8 minutes of material, I count one decent joke (the one about immigration). Chuquai Billy seems to be at the “open-mike-night” level of proficiency. (Compare his stage presence and audience command to Warren Hutcherson’s.)
If he is to succeed at comedy, Chuquai will have to move beyond merely pimping himself as an exotic.