Where We Live: Lorelei & Colin

Welcome to the second installment of "Where We Live," a photo essay showing New York artists in their homes. In writing our stories, we realized we wanted to get real. We wanted to give a sense of what it's really like to live these lives. This series features eight different artists across the city and across disciplines. Readers, meet Lorelei and Colin ...

Names: Lorelei Ramirez & Colin Burgess

Hood: Williamsburg

Disciplines: Comedy, filmmaking, visual arts

Loreleli, your jokes are ...  sad, grotesque or horror movie-inspired. Stuff like having a dead friend that’s in the room. Or I talk about my parents’ divorce but I change things, like my dad moved to the lost city of Atlantis and I had to learn to scuba dive.


Colin, you questioned comedy ... Moving to NYC. I had been doing comedy through college in Rochester. When I finally moved here ... it truly felt like everything I had done the past four years was a waste of time. Not only were there more people here, but they were way more talented and original than I. 

Lorelei, art-y advice: The best people have always been really nice. Something I really admire about [SNL writer Julio Torres] is he’s so nice to everybody ... He's just a really good person and really talented. I think you can be both, even when your’e struggling.

Colin, what's dope about your digs? I get to live with my girlfriend and our friends who are also comedians! A lot of times I'll come home to a bunch of my friends I didn't expect there because my roommates invited them over (we all have the same friends!).

All photos by  Maddy Talias  

All photos by Maddy Talias