Todd also talks about comedy and how he got into the business which was a fascinating glimpse into the comedian world. Since then I've seen him perform a bunch of times and I was one of the first listeners of his podcast. I love Todd as a comedian, and the only thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars was because of a lot of this material had been covered in his podcast before. Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Todd Glass suffered from learning disabilities that hampered his academic development and anti-Semitic harassment that kept his family on the move from neighborhood to neighborhood. The book starts as Glass is having a heart attack right after a standup routine at a local club. Anyways… I loved reading about some of those experiences that Todd had when he was just starting out in comedy. This book is on the short side so that helped, but I found it wonderfully illuminating, thoughtful and compassionate which made it very easy to read.
He wouldn't have wrestled with a bear or swum with sharks on national television. I feel that reading his book sounded like you were listening to one of his conversations. His messages of tolerance are both hilarious and true. Anger at the secret, anger at himself, and anger that we live in a culture where the hostility or judgment you think will come at you for being who you are corners you into hiding yourself. Sarah was there that night and remembers as well as I do. I'm glad I read it.
What you fight, fights back. He answers a range of questions from Simpsons fans and die-hards and reminisces about the making of perennially favorite episodes. I love Todd as a comedian, and the only thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars was because of a lot of this material had been covered in his podcast before. You know what it does, indirectly, it helps you figure out who you are. As Todd Glass tells it, growing up in a Philadelphia suburb in the 1970s was an easy life. I mean, that might make people think that I was gay or something. Jonathan Grotenstein did a great job ghostwriting.
I am a fan of Todd Glass's comedy and his socially forward thinking so I was very happy when I heard he was writing a book because he always has interesting things to say. So Todd Glass decided to hide the gay part, no matter how comic, tragic, or comically tragic the results. If you are already a fan, then it is completely worth reading this book for the in-depth look into his distinctive character and comedic mind. There are devastatingly little laughs in this, and no real drama. It's a great way to get to know someone and what they consider important. I'm sure his true fans will enjoy this look inside and behind the scenes of the comedy scene, I just didn't dig it.
I asked him what was up. But after reading this I have a new perspective on him and what he went through and I see what a huge deal it was for him. Was entertained, saw some philosophy in it- Nobody likes everything - or whatever the subchapter was called. The book starts as Glass is having a heart attack right after a standup routine at a local club. As a huge fan of stand-up comedy particularly in the 1980s and 1990s , I found this really fascinating.
How do you make sense of such a tragic end to a life of so much hilarious brilliance? Now Jeff Ross is standing next to her. So I was excited to buy his book. Peppered with anecdotes from his life among comedy's greatest headliners and tales of the occasionally insane lengths Todd went through to keep a secret that--let's face it--he probably didn't have to keep for as long as he did, The Todd Glass Situation is a front-row seat to the last thirty plus years of comedy history and a deeply personal story about one man's search for acceptance. And this really perplexes me, it really does. It was a good mix of stories related to becoming a comic but also of more personal aspects of living a more authentic life. This is definitely worth a try, though. I first saw Todd Glass on Last Comic Standing and immediately loved him.
You can tell by listenin I was thrilled when I went to get the mail and saw that my pre-order of The Todd Glass Situation had been delivered a day early!! This time I let out a muted cackle. Sarah was there that night and remembers as well as I do. The staged sexual encounters to burnish his reputation offstage. So I was excited to buy his book. Growing up in a Philadelphia suburb in the 1970s was an easy life. He grew up in a time when we really didn't diagnose those conditions, and he ended up dropping out of high school. I can make them extra runny! I am a huge fan of Todd Glass and his podcast The Todd Glass Show and have been looking forward to the book for awhile now.
I've been a huge fan of Todd Glass for years, ever since I saw him appear on Star Search in the 1980s. O Three or four star book. I think that message can be helpful to any reader, and reading how Todd works to achieve personal happiness is more inspiring than most self-help books in my opinion because he doesn't tell you what to do, just shows you what worked for him. Here are the opening pages, as written by Todd Glass with Jonathan Grotenstein. The Todd Glass Situation is a revealing memoir that mixed some humor in with the ups and downs of life experiences. Glass is a great storyteller, and this was written like a 250 page stand up act.
It moved so seamlessly between aspects and anecdotes about Todd's life to his commentary and asides about each event. Todd is hilarious but he is also very kind and gentle and he is just a joy to listen to every week. Her younger brother Harris, a star in the comedy world known for his work on shows like Parks and Recreation, had died of a heroin overdose. Todd called bullshit on himself, finally. Is there anyone we should call? I didn't quite remember who Todd Glass was when I started this book, but I could tell he was a very funny guy. Now, Todd has written an open, honest, and hilarious memoir in an effort to help everyone—young and old, gay and straight—breathe a little more freely.