TOM SNYDERS - "The Bicycling Comedian"
Of the thousands of customers we've met over the years,
none have been more entertaining (literally) than Tom
Snyders. A stand-up comic who rides a Cannondale T1000
from gig to gig, Tom uses his vagabond lifestyle as the
central theme of his act. But it wasn't a conscious choice.
His life on the road has been a dramatic one, and if drama
has two faces-comedy and tragedy-then this comedian's
unexpected transformation into a bike tourer is a tragic
one. Tom was en route to a gig in Las Vegas when his '75
Buick LeSabre exploded in flames. Due at another appearance
more than 1400 miles distant in Des Moines, Tom had little
more than two weeks to find a way to get there. Engaging
in a marathon poker session, Tom was down to $5 on two
separate occasions before pulling out of the game with
a hard-won $200. He took the small pot and bought an ancient
ten-speed bicycle, setting out for Iowa the very next
Two days shy of his destination, more tragedy struck.
Word reached Tom that the club where he was booked had
just burned to the ground. That was 1987. Obviously,
such bad news didn't dissuade the comedian, 'cause more
than 12 years later, he's still pedaling from gig to
gig. In that time he's covered 100,000 miles, used up
six bikes, and been hit by an elderly man driving a
Mercedes. This last episode put him in the UCLA hospital
where he spent three days in a coma and on a respirator.
The broken bones he sustained took even longer to heal
and, after eight months of physical therapy, he returned
to continue touring the country on his bike. Tom's fifteen
minutes of fame have included eight TV spots, including
three on "Live with Regis and Kathy Lee", and spots
on Comedy Central and ESPN. During the course of his
adventure, Tom's specialty has been to take photographs
of peculiar road signs and weave them into the text
of his comedy. And until he settles down for good, "I
will," he says in the words of Thoreau "continue to
Claim To Fame:
Tom is a cycling comic who pedals his Cannondale touring bike from appearance to appearance.
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