Todd Glass tells jokes, stories and occasionally makes things up on the spot. He took a second of his time to answer a few questions for us. And we would like to give a big shout out to his intern Aaron Simons for helping with writing down Todd's answers.
Todd is performing in LA with his show called An Intimate Evening with Todd Glass
When: Nov 1-5 and Nov 10 2017
Where: Hollywood Improv 8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Info and tickets: Click HERE
Who are you and what do you do?
You know who I am and you know what I do. You don’t have to know everything about me, but you know I’m a comedian and you know my name is Todd Glass
Why did you decide to pursue a career in telling jokes?
From as young as eight, I can remember loving stand up comedy. I used to be obsessed with staying up and watching the comedians on the Tonight Show.
What do you love about the podcast medium?
Well I think what’s great about it, is it gave radio in one clean swoop the purity of stand up comedy. By not having any people to have to answer to, like with stand up comedy, it took the great medium of radio and made it a million times better. And the point isn’t that there’s not great radio, but this certainly makes it easier for more people to be able to do great radio.
Reality shows always seemed like a hectic and overdramatic thing. What made you go on Last Comic Standing?
Cash. No, I kid. I did hesitate doing it, because of reality shows, they try to create a lot of fake drama, and I didn’t want to put myself in the middle of all that. But, then I heard that the comedians from the year before were drawing bigger crowds, cause that’s what happens when you appear on primetime television.
What has been your best collab with another comedian?
Wow. I did a pilot called ‘Todd’s Coma.’ At the time, I did it with two younger comedians, Steve Rosenthal and Mike Koman. In the show, I was in a coma and it dealt with all of the people visiting me in the hospital. Then, when people spoke of me it would go to flashbacks. We ended up shooting a pilot on our own budget and at our own house and ended up getting some cool people involved like Ben Stiller, Ray Romano, Herb Alpert, Sarah Silverman and Fred Willard. We did end up selling the pilot to Happy Madison, TBS shot a pilot, but it never sold. There are some clips of it on YouTube. I actually think it’s an idea worth dusting off and giving another shot.
Where’s the best venue you've performed at?
It’s hard to say one, but excluding the Improv, where I’ll be doing my show November first through the fifth and the tenth, the Acme club in Minneapolis and the Helium chain are my favorite clubs. They really prove that you can run a comedy club with a creative backbone. Oh, and you know what? I gotta say the comedy attic in Bloomington. It’s magical. He’s trained his audiences to respect comedy like it’s the theater. And he’s cultivated some of the best audiences in the country. And that’s not an exaggeration. If you look at who’s performing there you’ll understand why. Because it’s fun to perform in front of audiences like that. I almost look at it as a treat for me.
The strangest story while on the job on the way to one or after a show?
I mean the one that was weird most recently, a guy next to me was watching I Am Comic, a documentary about comedy, on his computer, and never once looked over, or noticed it was me. And I’m in a reasonable amount of the documentary. And I wasn’t gonna be pathetic and be like ‘hey, do you know that’s me?’ But I thought about it.
Who are some of the comedians are you listening to right now?
John Mulaney. Rory Scovel. Paul F. Tompkins. Eliza Skinner, of course now I can’t think of any names, but I think in the last five to ten years there’s a lot of really funny new people. It’s actually inspiring.
If someone to start doing stand up what do you think they should do first to start telling jokes?
Well it’s scary, but you eventually have to hit an open mic night. I’m not a big fan of classes, but there are some that are ok if that’s what it takes to get your feet wet. A good way to force yourself to start if you really want to do it is say ‘I’ll never mention an open mic night again, I’ll just do it.” In the beginning, a reasonable amount of talking about it is normal. You need to vocalize what you want to start doing, I get it. But then there becomes a point where you should implement the...let’s not talk about it anymore, let’s just do it. One thing that I always tell people that I think are funny and want to give them some motivation to start is ‘look...it’s a bonus if the first time you perform it goes well. Of course. But even if it doesn’t, it’s three minutes, it could be two. And when you’re done, you’re part of a club, and I’m not just saying this. It’s the truth...you’re part of a club that involves everybody as far back as Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and it goes as current as someone like Aparna Nancherla. They all had to go on stage for the first time.
If you were stuck on an abandoned island what five items would you want with you?
My collapsible helicopter that fits into my briefcase. And a sandwich. A chocolate and strawberry milkshake. And french fries. And then a s’more, but instead of chocolate, it’s a Reese’s cup.
If you could a have super power what would it be?
To implement a gun where you shoot them and it gives them a lot of empathy. And it stings them just a little, not a lot, just a little.
What's your favorite kind of sandwich?
A wawa Thanksgiving sandwich. And if you were to ask me what my second favorite sandwich is...which you didn’t...I’m just saying if you did...a turkey sandwich with melted swiss and a avocado. Now...sometimes if you’re nice they’ll take a pretzel and cut it down the middle and use it as the bread. And it’s just ridiculously good. But sometimes they won’t. So it’s good with whatever bread you like.
Are tomatoes fruit?
Actually...I’m not sure. I’m gonna guess yes.
Are there life forms outside of Earth?
I would imagine there would have to be something. I’ll tell you the truth, I could do without people and their dumb ghost stories. I guess I shouldn’t call them dumb, that’s not very nice of me. But they always get to the end, the part where your jaw is supposed to drop and I can’t even give a shit...or believe them. But, yes I think there’s got to be other things out there that we’re not aware of.
UNPLANNED QUESTIONS - TODD GLASS LIKES TO JUST CHAT
6. I know you didn’t ask me this, but if number fifteen was ‘did anybody help type this for you?’ I would say Aaron Simon. And his twitter is @ernsimon. He interns at our podcast and I figured I’d give him a shoutout. He’s from Davis, CA. His parents have a carport, a Subaru and a ping pong table. That’s all you need to know.
7. And my favorite Mr. Rogers quote is “If it’s mentionable, it’s manageable.” What a short, sweet, powerful phrase. I’m gonna go get a McFlurry, goodbye.
8. Check out my new book “Hatred: What a Massive Waste of Time.” Well to be honest, I didn’t really sell it yet, but I thought it’d be a good name for my new book.