Amber Tozer Opens Up About Her Descent into Alcoholism

PEOPLE.com | 7/10/2016 | Staff
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It was long past midnight, and Amber Tozer had passed out in the backseat of a taxi in Brooklyn. When she came to, she realized she didn't have enough money to pay the fare. With the cabbie chasing after her, she sprinted through the darkened streets. While running, she encountered two strange men who chased the cabbie away.

Inexplicably, Tozer then got into a car with those two strangers. They drove around the city to score some weed. The next morning, she was both exhilarated and horrified with her risky behavior.

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This is just one of many dangerous situations that Tozer, a 39-year-old standup comic and television writer, details in her candid book, Sober Stick Figure.

In the mid 2000s, Tozer was a rising star in standup comedy, doing her routine in clubs in both Los Angeles and New York. She appeared on Last Comic Standing in 2008. She later became a writer for the Cartoon Network and Adult Swim.

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Along the way, she started to become well-known around the comedy circuit. (Henry Winkler, Tig Notaro, Patton Oswalt and Andy Richter all wrote reviews of the book.)

But despite her career success, it was a difficult road for the Colorado-born Tozer.

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She had her first drink at age 7. By the time she moved to New York after college,...
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