The Ghost of Christopher Columbus Theater Smudging Spectacular. Hosts Joey Clift, Jenny Marlowe and Lucas Brown Eyes won't be cleansing the theater by burning sage. Instead, they've invited some two dozen local comics of Native American descent — Cherokee, Ojibwe, Blackfeet, Cowlitz, Oglala Lakota, Quechua Inca, etc. — to perform stand-up, sketches, characters and storytelling inspired by the indigenous experience and just all-around good comedy.
Though the issue of whether Christopher Columbus is a hero or villain has always been debated, L.A. no longer marks Columbus Day in October. Not wanting to celebrate the Italian explorer, whom many consider a symbol of the slaughter of Native Americans, the L.A. City Council last year voted to replace the holiday with Indigenous Peoples Day. But tonight, UCB resurrects Columbus for the good of comedy at its first Native American comedians showcase,