Todd Glass‘s situation is unique. After a killer set at the Largo at the Coronet, he retreated backstage to receive some well-deserved accolades from his peers. Two seconds later, he was face down in the filthy carpet of the comedy club, apparently in the throes of a serious heart attack. When Sarah Silverman came to his aid, he asked her to call his girlfriend and tell her what was happening – the unspoken understanding between the two of them being that Todd’s girlfriend was a man, and that Todd would be taking that secret to his grave if need be.
Convalescing at home, Todd had to confront a hard question. Why was a successful comedian in his forties living in the most liberal city in America still in the closet? 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 is his answer to that question. Narrated in hyperactive jags with Todd’s signature silly enthusiasm peppered with righteous vitriol, this memoir tells the story of a boy that just wanted to make people laugh. His unbridled glee radiates off the page as he recounts his experience of going to so many comedy shows at a rundown Philadelphia club that the owner decided it would be easier to let him in for free than keep track of his tab, the terror that destroyed him the first time he, at the tender age of sixteen, chickened out of his first performance, and the reckless freedom he felt when he knew he would never do anything but comedy for the rest of his life.
Todd Glass has been chasing his dreams for thirty years and, at times, catching them, but, when they were almost snuffed out on that disgusting green room carpet , he made the decision to tell people about his situation. Everyone has a situation, after all. Why not share his?
Join the Stand Up Sit Down Book Club on Monday October 26th at 7 p.m. at CoffeePeople – the cafe inside BookPeople – to discuss The Todd Glass Situation and share in the whimsy that dare not speak its name. The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club meets on the last Monday of every month to talk about comedy, comedy memoirs, and the comedians that memoirized them. Come by this Monday to share in Todd Glass’s delightful mania. This is one near death experience you won’t want to miss.
- Steve(n) W.