Comedian Todd Glass announces he’s gay on WTF with Marc Maron

By | January 16, 2012 at 3:24 pm | 62 comments | feature slider, News | Tags: , ,

Well-respected veteran comedian Todd Glass announced he was gay on today’s episode of WTF with Marc Maron.

After a relatively short introduction, wherein Maron tells his listeners that Glass, 47, wanted to come on the show to say something important, the announcement was made. “He decided that this was the place to do it,” Maron said at the top of the interview. Glass then jokes that he was just there to promote his own podcast. “I thought you were gay,” Maron responds.

“I have a very hard time saying that,” Glass responds after Maron suggests the comedian actually say it, himself. “And don’t get this wrong. I don’t want anyone to be ashamed of who they are—especially younger people. I always hated using that term and that’s partly why I’ve always been sympathetic to people who don’t [want to be labeled certain things]. I hate that word. But I like it better than the other word—homosexual.”

“I’m saying what a lot of people already knew,” he explains, adding that it’s not going to become his entire act, but at least he can be honest with his friends now and maybe reference the fact he’s gay onstage. Later on the show, Glass says he came out to his parents 15 years ago. He also told comedian Louis C.K. a few months ago. Glass also says his best friend, comedian Jimmy Dore has known.

One of the main reasons Glass, who says he’s been in a relationship for 15 years, cites as to why he decided to come out on Maron’s hugely popular show is the sense of guilt he’s been feeling, having read so many news stories about gay youths committing suicide over their sexuality. “I cannot listen to stories about kids killing themselves any longer and not [think] ‘when are you going to have a little blood on your shirt for not being honest about who you are?’” he says adding, “I can’t do this any longer.”

You can listen to the entire episode here.

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  • @JoeWatchesTV

    Really? Well that’s somethin’, huh?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joybarr Joy Barr

    Go, Todd!

  • Tyler

    Todd’s awesome. Great comedian. 

  • Spork

    Good for him. That can’t be easy, even in this day and age… actually, especially in this day and age. Thanks, Jesus.

  • http://twitter.com/Sullivan_Smith Kevin Sullivan

    I never would have guessed. I mean, it doesn’t change my already positive opinion of him one iota. I guess the proper response is “huh” followed by a slight head shake and then going back to eating my bowl of mac and cheese.

  • http://twitter.com/Sullivan_Smith Kevin Sullivan

    I never would have guessed. I mean, it doesn’t change my already positive opinion of him one iota. I guess the proper response is “huh” followed by a slight head shake and then going back to eating my bowl of mac and cheese.

  • http://twitter.com/Sullivan_Smith Kevin Sullivan

    I never would have guessed. I mean, it doesn’t change my already positive opinion of him one iota. I guess the proper response is “huh” followed by a slight head shake and then going back to eating my bowl of mac and cheese.

  • bernie

    He always talks about his girlfriend in his act? You think he meant his boyfriend but just didn’t want to say it?

  • bernie

    He always talks about his girlfriend in his act? You think he meant his boyfriend but just didn’t want to say it?

  • bernie

    He always talks about his girlfriend in his act? You think he meant his boyfriend but just didn’t want to say it?

    • http://www.emmakatrichardson.com Emma Kat Richardson

      I was thinking the same thing. I reviewed his album Thin Pig a while back and I remember lots of girlfriend references. You’re probably right – I’ll bet it was some creative maneuvering to avoid the conversation. 

    • http://www.emmakatrichardson.com Emma Kat Richardson

      I was thinking the same thing. I reviewed his album Thin Pig a while back and I remember lots of girlfriend references. You’re probably right – I’ll bet it was some creative maneuvering to avoid the conversation. 

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  • Buster Brown

    Gay?  Well then I shall NEVER listen to him again!

    Nah…  couldn’t care less.  And I like the reasons he’s given for saying something.

    Now, is there ANY way to get Todd to stop with the endless, pointless tangents, and with constantly interrupting his guests on the podcast?

  • Buster Brown

    Gay?  Well then I shall NEVER listen to him again!

    Nah…  couldn’t care less.  And I like the reasons he’s given for saying something.

    Now, is there ANY way to get Todd to stop with the endless, pointless tangents, and with constantly interrupting his guests on the podcast?

    • Chefgrlx

      I love Todd Glass so much and I really wanted to like his podcast. Though I’m still subscribed, I haven’t listened past halfway through the second one. There’s so much rambling! Then, after listening for an hour-and-a-half, they go off to smoke pot and come back for an after-show. Am I supposed to hang around for that? Todd, I love you, man, but you gotta edit that shit.

      Topic? Good for you, Todd. See above re: I love you, man.

    • Chefgrlx

      I love Todd Glass so much and I really wanted to like his podcast. Though I’m still subscribed, I haven’t listened past halfway through the second one. There’s so much rambling! Then, after listening for an hour-and-a-half, they go off to smoke pot and come back for an after-show. Am I supposed to hang around for that? Todd, I love you, man, but you gotta edit that shit.

      Topic? Good for you, Todd. See above re: I love you, man.

    • Chefgrlx

      I love Todd Glass so much and I really wanted to like his podcast. Though I’m still subscribed, I haven’t listened past halfway through the second one. There’s so much rambling! Then, after listening for an hour-and-a-half, they go off to smoke pot and come back for an after-show. Am I supposed to hang around for that? Todd, I love you, man, but you gotta edit that shit.

      Topic? Good for you, Todd. See above re: I love you, man.

    • Chefgrlx

      I love Todd Glass so much and I really wanted to like his podcast. Though I’m still subscribed, I haven’t listened past halfway through the second one. There’s so much rambling! Then, after listening for an hour-and-a-half, they go off to smoke pot and come back for an after-show. Am I supposed to hang around for that? Todd, I love you, man, but you gotta edit that shit.

      Topic? Good for you, Todd. See above re: I love you, man.

    • Chefgrlx

      I love Todd Glass so much and I really wanted to like his podcast. Though I’m still subscribed, I haven’t listened past halfway through the second one. There’s so much rambling! Then, after listening for an hour-and-a-half, they go off to smoke pot and come back for an after-show. Am I supposed to hang around for that? Todd, I love you, man, but you gotta edit that shit.

      Topic? Good for you, Todd. See above re: I love you, man.

  • Nick

    Good for you, Todd! Love!

  • Staceno

    Great WTF with Marin and Todd Glass.  This was one of the more nuanced discussions of what it means to be gay.  Todd, I hope that your decision to go public will be a source of strength and inspiration for other.

    By the way– my gaydar was sincerely off regarding you. ;o)

  • O. Brown

    Thank for coming out. As Harvey Milk said, paraphrasing, people need to come out..to show we are here….we are here….we are everyone. And all kids need to know it’s ok.

  • O. Brown

    Thank for coming out. As Harvey Milk said, paraphrasing, people need to come out..to show we are here….we are here….we are everyone. And all kids need to know it’s ok.

  • O. Brown

    Thank for coming out. As Harvey Milk said, paraphrasing, people need to come out..to show we are here….we are here….we are everyone. And all kids need to know it’s ok.

  • ben

    I hope this is a penultimate plot to take down jared1987.  

  • ben

    I hope this is a penultimate plot to take down jared1987.  

  • ben

    I hope this is a penultimate plot to take down jared1987.  

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  • Michelle

    I’ve always loved Todd’s comedy. He’s strangely child-like and so relatabe. As a straight person, I just assumed someone in comedy at his level wouldn’t have been in the closet in the first place. It’s a real wake up call to see how difficult it still is for many people to simply openly express who they are. What a terrible stress that must be, especially for a young person who feels alone (as most of us did in adolescence) to begin with. Thank you Todd, for your honesty and sensitivity. I was just thinking about some of your jokes earlier today!

  • Michelle

    I’ve always loved Todd’s comedy. He’s strangely child-like and so relatabe. As a straight person, I just assumed someone in comedy at his level wouldn’t have been in the closet in the first place. It’s a real wake up call to see how difficult it still is for many people to simply openly express who they are. What a terrible stress that must be, especially for a young person who feels alone (as most of us did in adolescence) to begin with. Thank you Todd, for your honesty and sensitivity. I was just thinking about some of your jokes earlier today!

  • Michelle

    I’ve always loved Todd’s comedy. He’s strangely child-like and so relatabe. As a straight person, I just assumed someone in comedy at his level wouldn’t have been in the closet in the first place. It’s a real wake up call to see how difficult it still is for many people to simply openly express who they are. What a terrible stress that must be, especially for a young person who feels alone (as most of us did in adolescence) to begin with. Thank you Todd, for your honesty and sensitivity. I was just thinking about some of your jokes earlier today!

  • Michelle

    I’ve always loved Todd’s comedy. He’s strangely child-like and so relatabe. As a straight person, I just assumed someone in comedy at his level wouldn’t have been in the closet in the first place. It’s a real wake up call to see how difficult it still is for many people to simply openly express who they are. What a terrible stress that must be, especially for a young person who feels alone (as most of us did in adolescence) to begin with. Thank you Todd, for your honesty and sensitivity. I was just thinking about some of your jokes earlier today!

  • Michelle

    I’ve always loved Todd’s comedy. He’s strangely child-like and so relatabe. As a straight person, I just assumed someone in comedy at his level wouldn’t have been in the closet in the first place. It’s a real wake up call to see how difficult it still is for many people to simply openly express who they are. What a terrible stress that must be, especially for a young person who feels alone (as most of us did in adolescence) to begin with. Thank you Todd, for your honesty and sensitivity. I was just thinking about some of your jokes earlier today!

  • Michelle

    I’ve always loved Todd’s comedy. He’s strangely child-like and so relatabe. As a straight person, I just assumed someone in comedy at his level wouldn’t have been in the closet in the first place. It’s a real wake up call to see how difficult it still is for many people to simply openly express who they are. What a terrible stress that must be, especially for a young person who feels alone (as most of us did in adolescence) to begin with. Thank you Todd, for your honesty and sensitivity. I was just thinking about some of your jokes earlier today!

  • Michelle

    I’ve always loved Todd’s comedy. He’s strangely child-like and so relatabe. As a straight person, I just assumed someone in comedy at his level wouldn’t have been in the closet in the first place. It’s a real wake up call to see how difficult it still is for many people to simply openly express who they are. What a terrible stress that must be, especially for a young person who feels alone (as most of us did in adolescence) to begin with. Thank you Todd, for your honesty and sensitivity. I was just thinking about some of your jokes earlier today!

  • Michelle

    I’ve always loved Todd’s comedy. He’s strangely child-like and so relatabe. As a straight person, I just assumed someone in comedy at his level wouldn’t have been in the closet in the first place. It’s a real wake up call to see how difficult it still is for many people to simply openly express who they are. What a terrible stress that must be, especially for a young person who feels alone (as most of us did in adolescence) to begin with. Thank you Todd, for your honesty and sensitivity. I was just thinking about some of your jokes earlier today!

  • Michelle

    I’ve always loved Todd’s comedy. He’s strangely child-like and so relatabe. As a straight person, I just assumed someone in comedy at his level wouldn’t have been in the closet in the first place. It’s a real wake up call to see how difficult it still is for many people to simply openly express who they are. What a terrible stress that must be, especially for a young person who feels alone (as most of us did in adolescence) to begin with. Thank you Todd, for your honesty and sensitivity. I was just thinking about some of your jokes earlier today!

  • Michelle

    I’ve always loved Todd’s comedy. He’s strangely child-like and so relatabe. As a straight person, I just assumed someone in comedy at his level wouldn’t have been in the closet in the first place. It’s a real wake up call to see how difficult it still is for many people to simply openly express who they are. What a terrible stress that must be, especially for a young person who feels alone (as most of us did in adolescence) to begin with. Thank you Todd, for your honesty and sensitivity. I was just thinking about some of your jokes earlier today!

  • Michelle

    I’ve always loved Todd’s comedy. He’s strangely child-like and so relatabe. As a straight person, I just assumed someone in comedy at his level wouldn’t have been in the closet in the first place. It’s a real wake up call to see how difficult it still is for many people to simply openly express who they are. What a terrible stress that must be, especially for a young person who feels alone (as most of us did in adolescence) to begin with. Thank you Todd, for your honesty and sensitivity. I was just thinking about some of your jokes earlier today!

  • Michelle

    I’ve always loved Todd’s comedy. He’s strangely child-like and so relatabe. As a straight person, I just assumed someone in comedy at his level wouldn’t have been in the closet in the first place. It’s a real wake up call to see how difficult it still is for many people to simply openly express who they are. What a terrible stress that must be, especially for a young person who feels alone (as most of us did in adolescence) to begin with. Thank you Todd, for your honesty and sensitivity. I was just thinking about some of your jokes earlier today!

  • Michelle

    I’ve always loved Todd’s comedy. He’s strangely child-like and so relatabe. As a straight person, I just assumed someone in comedy at his level wouldn’t have been in the closet in the first place. It’s a real wake up call to see how difficult it still is for many people to simply openly express who they are. What a terrible stress that must be, especially for a young person who feels alone (as most of us did in adolescence) to begin with. Thank you Todd, for your honesty and sensitivity. I was just thinking about some of your jokes earlier today!

  • Michelle

    I’ve always loved Todd’s comedy. He’s strangely child-like and so relatabe. As a straight person, I just assumed someone in comedy at his level wouldn’t have been in the closet in the first place. It’s a real wake up call to see how difficult it still is for many people to simply openly express who they are. What a terrible stress that must be, especially for a young person who feels alone (as most of us did in adolescence) to begin with. Thank you Todd, for your honesty and sensitivity. I was just thinking about some of your jokes earlier today!

  • Michelle

    I’ve always loved Todd’s comedy. He’s strangely child-like and so relatabe. As a straight person, I just assumed someone in comedy at his level wouldn’t have been in the closet in the first place. It’s a real wake up call to see how difficult it still is for many people to simply openly express who they are. What a terrible stress that must be, especially for a young person who feels alone (as most of us did in adolescence) to begin with. Thank you Todd, for your honesty and sensitivity. I was just thinking about some of your jokes earlier today!

  • comedian clark

    I disagree with him saying the rights of African-Americans and homosexuals in this country are the same

  • comedian clark

    I disagree with him saying the rights of African-Americans and homosexuals in this country are the same

  • comedian clark

    I disagree with him saying the rights of African-Americans and homosexuals in this country are the same

    • Ambassadorduke

      I think he meant that each have their own struggles, and neither should be dismissive of the other.

    • Ambassadorduke

      I think he meant that each have their own struggles, and neither should be dismissive of the other.

    • Ambassadorduke

      I think he meant that each have their own struggles, and neither should be dismissive of the other.

    • Ambassadorduke

      I think he meant that each have their own struggles, and neither should be dismissive of the other.

  • comedian clark

    I disagree with him saying the rights of African-Americans and homosexuals in this country are the same

  • http://twitter.com/HonestMechanic Austin Pollard

    He must really want that HGTV show.

    • Bobgolub

      I’ve known Todd 20 years. Never knew or cared. He seems like he is happy. That is the main thing.

    • Bobgolub

      I’ve known Todd 20 years. Never knew or cared. He seems like he is happy. That is the main thing.

    • Bobgolub

      I’ve known Todd 20 years. Never knew or cared. He seems like he is happy. That is the main thing.

    • Bobgolub

      I’ve known Todd 20 years. Never knew or cared. He seems like he is happy. That is the main thing.

  • http://twitter.com/HonestMechanic Austin Pollard

    He must really want that HGTV show.

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  • Sandy

    Well color me pink!! I have loved Todd since the Last Comic Standing days, and did the joke about going to the gym, getting on a treadmill and smoking a cigarette.  I STILL laugh about that.  I dont care who he sleeps with.  So glad he came out and appreciate his reasons why.  He is one of the funniest people in the world in my opinion,  and now I respect him even more.  U rock Todd!!