Josh Sneed, to borrow a line from a famous dead comedian, doesn’t get any respect. Locally, anyway.
The comedian from Saint Bernard has two Comedy Central specials under his belt — a 6-minute set on Premium Blend and a 30-minute special of his own — and tours across the United States doing more than 160 comedy shows a year. Yet he lives in almost completely obscurity in his hometown.
Maybe you’ve seen Sneed on TV or caught him at one of the many shows he still does locally. Maybe you downloaded his first comedy album, Unacceptable, from Amazon.com or through iTunes.
His deal with Comedy Central Records, the largest comedy record label in the world, will allow the CD to be placed into retail outlets around the country if he gets 5,000 paid downloads first. Still, he wonders how many people Sneed in his hometown will hear his jokes, which were recorded at Go Bananas in Montgomery, his home club.
Sneed likes being able to live here and not get bombarded at the mall, but he wonders why the local media have taken a pass on his success everywhere else even though he brings it home every chance he gets.
But the 31-year-old comedian has started to make himself known in the apparel business even though most don’t know it’s him. He and his business partner Darin Overholser, another local comedian and artist, create screen-printed T-shirts, adult pajamas, women’s shirts and baby onesies through their company Look At Me Shirts (www.lookatmeshirts.com).