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Theater Talk: Broadway-bound Jonathan Young pivots, gets creative when COVID strikes. Quite a story


So it's 2017. You graduate with a BFA from Baldwin Wallace College's prestigious Music Theatre program. You go to New York, do the showcase, take meetings, get an agent and then... THUD! It's COVID! Insert your platitude of choice about when the going gets tough or lemons to lemonade, then listen to Buffalo native Jonathan Young who started improving his cartoons and now is a regular content provider on MSNBC's "The Week with Joshua Johnson."

As it turns out, getting a cartoon published in The New Yorker (the Mount Everest, sine qua non,  or non plus ultra of publishers, not unlike the New York Times for crossword puzzles) is a numbers game. You have to keep submitting. So, while Jonathan Young is waiting for that acceptance letter to arrive, he has found a home on "The Week with Joshua Johnson," which airs Saturdays and Sundays 8 p.m.-10 p.m. on MSNBC.

Jonathan's gag panels can be seen on his Instagram account @jonathanslittlecomics. His own account is @_jonathanyoung.

Credit @_jonathanyoung

Credit @_jonathanyoung

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