Of all the memorable episodes of Marc Maron’s influential WTF Podcast, maybe none was more so than the Todd Glass interview from two years ago, when the long-time and well-respected comic announced he was gay.
Glass, who’s been performing for 30 years and is often mentioned as one of the funniest guys around by nearly everyone in the comedy community, said he decided to make the announcement because he couldn't take the hiding anymore and because he wanted to take a stand against the growing number of suicides committed by gay youths.
It’s a riveting interview that explains a lot about personal freedoms as key to performance.
Called The Todd Glass Situation: A Bunch of Lies about My Personal Life and a Bunch of True Stories about My 30-Year Career in Stand-Up Comedy, the memoir is being released on June 3rd, features blurbs from Glass's buddies Norm Macdonald, Sarah Silverman, and Patton Oswalt, and is available for preorder now.
TV is Dead, Long Live TV. While television is rapidly decaying on the business end of things, simultaneously it is consistently evolving, more artistically challenging and even auteur-friendly, and that is partially thanks to the infiltration of comedy podcasts. Some shows try to incorporate some of the DNA of their pods to the small screen, like Comedy Bang Bang and The Nerdist, while standups like Nikki Glaser, Sara Schaefer, and Pete Holmes have parlayed their numerous hours behind podcast mics into late night hosting gigs. Maron, premiering tomorrow, would never have become a reality if it weren't for his years hosting WTF with Marc Maron, the popular interview podcast that [...]
Netflix is dropping two new hour-long stand-up specials today, one from Todd Glass and another from Moshe Kasher. Both are available on streaming. Glass's special is creatively titled Todd Glass: Stand-Up Special, while Kasher's, Live in Oakland, sees the comedian returning to his hometown for the performance. Both specials were produced by New Wave Entertainment, the same folks behind Aziz Ansari and Jim Gaffigan's recent self-releases. Todd Glass and Moshe Kasher are two funny guys, and their specials will most certainly be worth your time and worth putting up with Netflix interrupting every two minutes to buffer.
"Could James Adomian become the first man to break through as an openly gay stand-up star?" asks Jason Zinoman in his New York Times piece on contemporary gay comedians. He talks about such other notables as Gabe Liedman, Brent Sullivan, Kevin Meaney, Todd Glass, and Eliot Glazer; however, the most focus is paid to James Adomian. Maybe it's a lot of pressure to put on James but luckily he is one of the most funny and original people on the planet.
Standup Todd Glass stopped by The Daily Show last night to promote his new book The Todd Glass Situation, and the two covered Glass's decision to come out of the closet back in 2012 (or as he calls it, "bustin' out of the shed"), how it's affected his standup, and a hilarious memory involving his passion for setting tables.
Here's the latest episode of Nerdist's web series Set List, based on the popular live show of the same name, in which comedians do standup without having any material prepared and have to discuss topics that appear on a screen. Todd Glass is the guest this time, and he takes a rather unconventional approach to the show.
Welcome to the latest installment of Tragedy Plus Time. Each segment will focus on a particular ‘life crisis’ — sometimes globally tragic, sometimes more of a personal affair — and we’ll explore how many of the comedians we know and love have dealt with it.
Though we've made tremendous strides towards embracing homosexuality in the past few years, our society still has an incredibly long way to go. Being openly gay is still a very risky proposition in parts of the United States and the rest of the world. Even in places where we've achieved ‘acceptance,’ there are still numerous ignorant stereotypes to overcome.
The latest episode of Scott Moran's web series "Modern Comedian" follows Todd Glass as he plans and holds a house party. Those who listen to The Todd Glass Show have heard plenty about Glass's legendary parties, but it's nice to finally get to see one in action and to see that his parties are just an excuse for him and his comedian friends like Rory Scovel to do nonstop bits.
Earlier this year, Todd Glass came out on WTF. He explained much of the impetus in doing so was to set an example and to communicate to kids and teenagers that it's ok to be gay. He spoke about how every time he heard about a kid committing suicide, he felt partially to blame. The above video channels a lot of this message and features the passion that is to be expected from Todd. The spot was filmed as a submission to a GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) contest, in which the winner gets to produce a PSA with Tom Ford and Brett Ratner. You can [...]
Here's a video comedian Todd Glass made for Funny Or Die, in which he hits the LA streets and asks pedestrians if they think "things were better back in the day" and then screams and yells at them for being wrong. Like a more socially active Billy Eichner. Glass admits at the end that the video is just an attempt to go viral to promote his memoir, The Todd Glass Situation, which comes out today, but it's a funny video in and of itself that proves Glass is a natural when it comes to person-on-the-street videos.
Today's the one-year anniversary of comedian Todd Glass coming out of the closet on Marc Maron's podcast WTF, an extremely moving episode of the show that's one of the best Maron has ever done. Jesse David Fox over at Vulture has an in-depth interview with Glass, reflecting on what the past year of his life has been like since coming out and the overwhelming support he received from the comedy community, his fans, and strangers alike. It's a nice read that serves as a fitting epilogue to Glass's Maron appearance.
The fall TV season kicked off this week, with NBC being the first of the major networks to launch new shows. It’s really impressive any time a TV show makes it to air because it’s such an arduous process to even get a pilot episode made, let alone getting a show picked up to series. There are so many steps at which things can completely fall apart when developing a TV show that it’s a wonder so many shows get made at all.
Because most networks develop far more pilots than they need, each network has its own back catalogue of rejected shows that never made it to air. [...]
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