creative:impact - Ellie Snyder Likes To Make People Laugh

May 4, 2021

Ellie Snyder
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Self-described as a "failed music student," Ellie Snyder says she decided to seek out attention in a new way: making strangers laugh in bars. Imagine the irony of being an aspiring comic during the least funny time: a pandemic. With her style of observational humor, Ellie tells Creative Washtenaw's Deb Polich and WEMU's David Fair her story on this edition of "creative: impact."

Deb Polich, President and CEO of Creative Washtenaw

Creative industries in Washtenaw County add hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy.  In the weeks and months to come, 89.1 WEMU's David Fair and co-host Deb Polich, the President and CEO of Creative Washtenaw, explore the myriad of contributors that make up the creative sector in Washtenaw County.


Sometimes I make people laugh.

Hey, I’m Ellie. As a failed music student, I decided to seek out attention in a new way: making strangers laugh in bars.

I started performing standup comedy around the Midwest in 2019 and have been eating from the McDonald’s dollar menu at 1 a.m. on weeknights ever since.

My style of humor is very observational. My comedy draws influences from my experience as a twenty-something navigating her first “no-jeans” job, as well as from my relationships with my ex-boyfriends’ mothers.


Ellie Snyder on stage.
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I'm a stand-up comic who specializes in observational humor. I've been performing comedy for a year before the COVID-19 pandemic.


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