Glass and Zach Galifianakis in 2012
December 16, 1964 |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, Television, Podcast|
|Genres||Observational comedy, Surreal humor, Alternative comedy, Absurd|
|Subject(s)||American culture, pop culture, everyday life, human behavior, impersonations, self-deprecation|
Life and career
Glass was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He first began performing stand-up comedy in Philadelphia in 1982 while attending Conestoga High School. He made his earliest television appearances in the late 80s on A&E's An Evening at the Improv and in the early 1990s on several Comedy Central stand-up programs.
Glass is perhaps best known for his appearances as a contestant on the second and third seasons of NBC's Last Comic Standing and has appeared regularly on programs such as Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, The Dennis Miller Show, Politically Incorrect, Louie, Tosh.0, Mr. Show with Bob and David, Preston and Steve and had his own Comedy Central Presents special in 2001. He co-hosted the podcast Comedy And Everything Else with fellow comics Jimmy Dore and Stefané Zamorano, but left the podcast in September 2009. His departure was officially announced on November 28, 2009 episode. However, he has returned as a guest on several episodes since leaving.
In 2001, Glass released his debut stand-up album called Vintage Todd Glass and Other Crap and was also featured on the two CD set of the Comedy Death-Ray, a compilation album of various stand-up comics performing at the popular Comedy Death-Ray comedy showcase at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles. His most recently released album Thin Pig, was released on July 7, 2009 on Comedy Central Records.
In August 2011, his new podcast The Todd Glass Show debuted on The Nerdist podcasting network. He hosts the show along with frequent co-host Daniel Kinno and a regular lineup of guests and crew including comedians Rory Scovel (and his wife Jordan) and Blake Wexler, audio engineers Chris Burden, Katie Levine, Aristotle "Jet Ski" Acevedo, Jake Adams, Nick Lepa, and Eric Ohlsen, and musicians Lynn Shore and Joe MacKenzie, who write and perform many of the show's various "jingles" and audio cues.
On April 16, 2010, Glass collapsed backstage at a Los Angeles comedy club after suffering a heart attack. Glass appeared on The Bonnie Hunt Show only nine days later, talking about his recent "brush with death". Glass said he found out he had 100% blockage in his arteries and following an angioplasty, declared that he was doing fine. Glass blamed these health problems on bad genetics. Both parents had a history of heart problems; Todd's father had his first heart attack at age 30 and died of a subsequent heart attack at age 46. On December 20, 2012, Glass talked about his heart attack on the Adam Carolla Show, and said that he had lost 30 pounds since the incident. He had also stopped smoking (he previously maintained a "pack-a-month" habit), and that he had started taking the drug Lipitor to prevent further heart attacks.
Glass came out publicly as gay on January 16, 2012 episode of fellow comedian Marc Maron's WTF podcast. The information had previously been known to friends and family, and Glass explained that he was worried about coming out publicly, but the recent string of suicide among LGBT youth motivated him to do so.
- Vintage Todd Glass and Other Crap (2001)
- Thin Pig (2009) Comedy Central Records—Digital Album
- "Todd Glass Talks About Stuff" (2013)
- 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. Simon & Schuster, 2014. ISBN 978-1-4767-1441-7.
- Comic Todd Glass Comes Out as Gay | Advocate.com. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
- Klein, Michael (2010-04-22). "Todd Glass: Funny as a heart attack". Philly.com. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
- Gross, Dan. "Paoli native comedian Todd Glass reveals he's gay". Philly.com. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
- "You Made It Weird podcast, timestamp 08:30". Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- The New Todd Glass Podcast Archived March 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
- Letter-perfect honor for Kate Smith[dead link]
- Todd Glass Doesn't Let Heart Attacks Get In His Way Archived May 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- Carolla, Adam. "Todd Glass Live From the Hollywood Improv". The Adam Carolla Show Podcast. Carolla Digital. Retrieved December 29, 2012.
- Maron, Marc (January 16, 2012). "Episode 245 – Todd Glass". WTF. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
Todd Glass returns to the garage for a very different conversation than the one he and Marc shared the last time. It’s an honest, open discussion unlike any other heard on WTF.