SAN DIEGO -- Comedian Amy Snowden doesn’t consider her act to be raunchy or dirty; she prefers to call it inappropriate. She does not hold back and delivers on sordid details that are so outlandish, they have to be true, because no one could make this stuff up.
“I love to shock people. It’s like I have an orgasm watching people’s mouths fall wide open in horror,” Snowden said, laughing.
The Louisiana native has spent the last 14 years bouncing back and forth from Hollywood to her hometown, trying to decide if she could handle the culture shock of Los Angeles.
After coming to terms with leaving home, Snowden eventually fell in love with California.
“I found my soul in Hollywood. It was just an adjustment and now that I’ve gotten adjusted, I love it. It was the greatest thing that ever happened to me, when I [finally] embraced it. I had dreams that I’d lived here before and that I killed a man in another life. But it was in self-defense,” Snowden joked.
Snowden was a finalist in the Jon Lovitz "Find Me a Comic" contest with KTLA in 2010.
"I never enter contests because I think they’re all rigged,” Snowden quipped. “They picked 15 comedians from hundreds of people, and people could go online and vote. I saw that I had a lot of votes, so I would go down to the Grove and I would vote for myself on all of the different computers because of all of the different IP addresses."
It’s hard to make it as a comedian or actor in Hollywood and usually that leads to other jobs; for many it is tending bar, or other service-related fields. Snowden tried her hand at waitressing until a close friend proposed that she join her at a foot fetish party to make some extra cash.
"She said to me, 'Hey, do you want to make some money off of your feet?'" Snowden said. "She found this ad on Craigslist, which is the devil by the way. So we go down to this warehouse in downtown L.A. and we see a van pull up with a hundred rolls of paper towels in it. We go into the party and this guy comes up and asks what size my feet are. Then he asked me for a foot session. That was the beginning, because comedy wasn’t paying me, waitressing wasn’t paying me, I just decided to be a toe hoe!”
That unconventional job led to the song “Toe Hoe,” which was soon written and performed by Snowden.
"I wrote some lyrics about being a toe hoe and in my comedy act I’d perform it every now and then, but then I started to feel really bad about myself," Snowden said. "It’s dirty, it’s underground, it’s dark, and I didn’t want to talk about it anymore. So I decided to write ‘Toe Hoe’ and I made something dirty into something funny."
The video for “Toe Hoe” is as hilarious, as a song about foot worship should be. The catchy chorus will be stuck in your head for days and the overabundance of foot shots in the video would make any foot aficionado drool with excitement.
Snowden is very musically inclined and even moved to Nashville when she was 16 for a chance at country music songwriting. She plays the guitar, raps and sings, so by the end of the show, she has the audience singing along with all of her outrageous tunes.
If you’re in the mood to have your funny bone twisted, check out Snowden at Martini’s Above Fourth on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 8 p.m. for the Laugh Out Proud Comedy Show. The show will also feature local comedians Sarah Burford, Allison Gill and Chris Clobber. The performance is free but seating is on a first-come first-served basis.