On comedian Todd Glass coming out: a note from a friend

By | January 18, 2012 at 11:15 am | 21 comments | feature slider, News, Opinion | Tags: , , ,

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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.

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Blake Wexler

Blake Wexler is a comedian in Los Angeles.

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  • Rd

    If you listen to the very end of the interview, Todd says that his boyfriend *is* Tosh. Marc responds, “is it okay to keep that in?” and Glass responds, “yes.”

  • Rd

    If you listen to the very end of the interview, Todd says that his boyfriend *is* Tosh. Marc responds, “is it okay to keep that in?” and Glass responds, “yes.”

  • Rd

    If you listen to the very end of the interview, Todd says that his boyfriend *is* Tosh. Marc responds, “is it okay to keep that in?” and Glass responds, “yes.”

    • ben

      todd is a very silly person.  this could be true… or not. who knows? 
       he could have asked tosh if it was okay to say this on maron cuz he knew people would listen to it and it would perpetrate the tosh-gay rumors.

      i wish maron asked more hard hitting questions like…. “top or bottom?” and “do you fuck that shit?”

      • ddd

        Its not, listen to the “The Todd Glass Show” after he comes out.  He asked Tosh if he could say that and he responded “of course you can” as a joke.  Clearly a joke.  Listen to the episode.  I highly doubt tosh is gay, but thats an interesting theory I must admit….. hmmmmmmmm.

  • Twitter Comedian 5908

    He can still work Letterman, as long as he doesn’t come out as female.

  • Twitter Comedian 5908

    He can still work Letterman, as long as he doesn’t come out as female.

  • Twitter Comedian 5908

    He can still work Letterman, as long as he doesn’t come out as female.

  • Alliegoertz

    Great article. Thank you

  • ben

    Too bad this news wasn’t broken on the Blake Wexler Show.

  • ben

    Too bad this news wasn’t broken on the Blake Wexler Show.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=682700442 JoAnn Roselli

    Good…now finally Daniel Tosh can come out of the closet, too.  All these gay “jokes” are getting tiresome….

    • http://twitter.com/missckc Carolyn Castiglia

      Hahahahahahaha……

    • http://twitter.com/missckc Carolyn Castiglia

      Hahahahahahaha……

      • Rd

        If you listen to the very end of the interview, Todd says that his boyfriend *is* Tosh. Marc responds, “is it okay to keep that in?” and Glass responds, “yes.”

        • ddd

          The thing about tosh was joke yo.  lol  If you listen to “The Todd Glass Show”, the episode after he comes out, he tells Sarah Silverman that he asked Tosh if he could say that.  Todd does have a boyfriend of 15 years who is a myyyysterryyyyyy

      • Rd

        If you listen to the very end of the interview, Todd says that his boyfriend *is* Tosh. Marc responds, “is it okay to keep that in?” and Glass responds, “yes.”

      • Rd

        If you listen to the very end of the interview, Todd says that his boyfriend *is* Tosh. Marc responds, “is it okay to keep that in?” and Glass responds, “yes.”