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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
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
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