photo by: Sharilyn Johnson
On Monday’s episode of WTF with Marc Maron, stand-up comedian Todd Glass did something very brave. However, despite the news of Todd’s coming out of the closet, nothing about Todd has really changed. Todd is the same guy we’ve grown to adore throughout his career, but now he’s given us yet another reason to respect him.
Todd is one of the funniest, most thoughtful people on the planet. I met Todd, one of my comedy heroes, when I was 16 years old at Helium Comedy Club in Philadelphia. He immediately took me under his wing, and since then Todd has helped my stand-up career in many ways. I consider Todd to be one of my best friends, but I no longer merely see him as a comedy hero. He’s just a hero.
There has been an enormous show of support for Todd as news about his announcement has spread across Twitter, Facebook and news sites. However, it’s still terrible that Todd’s coming out is even considered “news.” We shouldn’t live in a society where people like Todd Glass are considered “brave”— where human beings feel they have to hide something as natural and fundamental to life as to with whom they fall in love.
The next chapter of his career, and more importantly, his life, is going to be incredibly fulfilling. Todd has spent his entire life making everyone around him happy. It’s time for the world to return the favor.
I knew Todd was really anxious for his appearance on WTF. After listening to the episode (Maron was, as expected, a terrific interviewer and advocate) I gave Todd a call to see how he was dealing with this very new part of his life. Any concern I had for Todd immediately melted away when instead of saying “Hello,” Todd (someone who does not fit the “gay stereotype”) instead answered the phone by jokingly breaking out into a chorus of “It’s Raining Men.”
He’s the same hilarious Todd Glass.