Queer Women to Watch: Spring 2009

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Keeping up with all of the queer women doing cool things in

entertainment is a daunting task for some, but AfterEllen.com is up for the challenge.

Every quarter or so, we bring you Queer Women to Watch, an introduction to

some of the up-and-comers in different fields of art and entertainment.

Send suggestions for future Queer Women to Watch at afterellentips@gmail.com.

Amber Tozer, comedian

Bisexual comic Amber Tozer says she was inspired to try out

stand-up comedy much like many other people probably have — by meeting

motivational speaker Tony Robbins.

“He invited me to his self help seminar,” Tozer

said. “He talked about living your dream and why you should do it. A few

weeks later I did stand up comedy. It wasn’t even my dream to be a comic — maybe

Tony confused me, but who cares. I’m still doing it!”

Tozer, who lives in Los

Angeles where she performs regularly at venues such as

El Cid, describes her brand of comedy as “meltdown-y.”

“I go on stage with one or two ideas and see what happens when I get up

there — sometimes I get really emotional and rant-y,” Tozer said. “I

just don’t have time to write jokes, re-write jokes, figure out my set and do

all that

work most comics are supposed to do. I just want to talk to the people!”

Her approach to comedy is part of what makes her a breath of

proverbial fresh air in the land of stand-up. Of her bisexuality being featured

in her act, Tozer said it’s “much more of a side note, because there’s so

much more to talk about than just sexuality.”

“I joke around that I’m 30% gay, 70% straight and 100%

alcoholic,” Tozer said.”I’m pretty brazen when I talk about hooking

up with chicks and I have a few fun lady-on-lady stories that I bust out every

once in awhile. Right now I have a crush on two girls and one boy. So maybe my

gay percentage is fluctuating. That’s something I can have a meltdown about on

stage for sure.”

Tozer said her favorite comedians run from classics like

Steve Martin, Bill Hicks and Richard Pryor to modern-day comic geniuses like

Ellen, Janeane Garafalo, Margaret Cho and Sarah Silverman. Her ultimate goal,

though, is to create and produce an animated series.

“And also wouldn’t mind taking a shot at acting,”

Tozer said. “Like dramatic acting  — where I have to cry and/or kill

someone.”

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