Wednesday, January 16, 2013


"I felt lighter and better, and all those clichéd things."

You know, at least I’m not lying saying “my girlfriend” anymore. And in all fairness, all my girlfriend jokes — for anybody who thinks, Oh, that’s sad, he had to make up whole stories — I didn’t make up whole stories; they were real stories, I just changed the gender. And by the way, if that doesn’t prove how much same-sex couples are the exact same as heterosexual couples, not once in my career did anyone ever hear a story I told and say, “Wait a second, that doesn’t sound like anything we … ” It’s all the same.

Vulture interviewed comedian Todd Glass (Louie, The Sarah Silverman Program) about publicly coming out on Marc Maron's podcast one year ago today at age 47, and man, is he likable. If you're looking for inspirational quotes for your next mass email, mom, Todd brings it.

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Let me preface this by saying how much I love Todd Glass, because I know there's someone out there reading this comment who's going to say, "wait, but I thought..," so I just want to get out here in front of it.


I listened to the coming out podcast pretty late but emailed him afterwards to say how much I was moved by it. I grew up in (and still live very near) Anoka-Hennepin School District in MN where all those suicides were (are?) happening. It got a ton of press a year or two ago, but a classmate killed himself my senior year, over ten years ago.
Anyway, I dumped all that shit on him to provide some context, and he replied very quickly and was incredibly gracious. Love him.
And he opens for just about every touring comedian I've seen come through here! I hope to see him headlining someday.


I like it,nice post.@k


"I didn’t know anyone who had ever told a story in which the truth led to anything but something positive, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a scary road."

Testify, Todd.

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Very glad this is not an article about juice fasting, as the headline quote led me to originally fear.


@evil melis I thought it was going to be about yoga.


I LOVE TODD GLASS. His podcast is amazing. It's full of his passion for serious issues like hate speech and gay rights and then it can turn around on a dime and be silly and light. So, so recommend it.


And by the way, if that doesn’t prove how much same-sex couples are the exact same as heterosexual couples, not once in my career did anyone ever hear a story I told and say, “Wait a second, that doesn’t sound like anything we … ” It’s all the same.

Hah, maybe this is true for happy gay couples and happy straight couples, but speaking from a similar perspective, I've found some shitty boyfriends rather difficult to translate into gender ambiguity for discreet posterity. :P Men have some very particular ways of being shit. Still, good on him, and nice interview.

Maybe I am just sick of "we are just like the straights! We are! Love us!" from other queers.


@ourlightsinvain There is truth to what you say. As a lady who dates men, I am all too familiar with their particular patterns of juiceboxery...
But how did I not know about Todd Glass until RIGHT NOW? downloading his podcast as I type.


@ourlightsinvain When he came out he'd already been with his partner for something like 15 years, so you may be onto something there.

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Also, if you aren't already listening to Marc Maron's podcast, stop what you're doing and get involved right now.

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Serious question: is there anyone named Glass who is not wonderful? Todd, Ira, Philip...


@fondue with cheddar - Zooey.


@fondue with cheddar Of Water.

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@leon s Fictional!

@Decca Are you insinuating that glasses of water are not wonderful?


@fondue with cheddar My last name is Glass! Thanks.

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Oh, and I just remembered Nancy Glass! I don't know what she's up to these days, but I watched her talk show Attitudes religiously as a teen. With Linda Dano!


@leon s Seymore.


@Decca Hey, some of us like water.

(Good luck for tomorrow! In a non-creepy way.)


@Verity Just saw this now - thank you! I'm sure you've heard how it went already. I don't have any great hopes, but I enjoyed it regardless.

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I saw Louis CK the day after this post and GUESS WHO OPENED FOR HIM. Granted, it's Philly so it's not that surprising, but still. :)


I went to junior high and high school with him. He used to stand up on the cafeteria tables at lunch and do a Don Rickles style insult act, calling *everyone* out on their shit, which was brutal and hilarious. Proud of him now!


And no one thought he was gay?


@Beericle Nooooo. But this was late 70s, early 80s; completely different era. (I old.)


@lizziebell Oh I am in same age bracket as you. But, there were kids like that in my school, and now I am like, OOH THEY WERE GAY. (Usually coupled with) No wonder they were so much fun.


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