By Beth d’Aoust
VANCOUVER — A prankster at heart, Todd Glass is famous among friends for surprising guests with absurd, perplexing twists at his dinner parties. From mariachi bands parading through the house, to grilled cheese chefs emerging from the bushes, to trumpet players bursting into song from the roof of his garage, Todd Glass reveals how cultivating play, silliness, and authenticity have dramatically improved his life. When asked about his antics, Glass attributes his quirkiness to his line of work. “I genuinely love most stand-up comedians, because they don’t let go of that silliness,” explains Glass. “Comedians sort of get to be like we’re in tenth grade. You can drive… you have your license… so you can go do things, but you’re still silly. Most comedians haven’t let go of that juvenile side which I really cherish. For comedians, you know, we get to be adults and we certainly have a different depth as we get older… which I’m glad about… But you can do all that without letting go of the silliness and the playfulness of being a child.”
Switching gears for a moment, Glass speaks from a place of wisdom after having spent the vast majority of his 30-year stand-up career hiding his sexuality, declaring that “Always truth is better in life. Life was good for me before I came out. I had enough friends that knew, but it’s definitely better now. In my case I was hiding that I was gay, but it’s bigger than that. It’s whatever you’re hiding. It could be something as simple as you got a DUI ten years ago and you’re embarrassed to talk about it. Whatever it is that you’re hiding… life is always better when you’re not keeping a big secret.” Glass is emphatic about collectively creating open, accepting, non-judgmental environments where people feel safe to celebrate their differences and insists that “instead of telling people to come out, we should just… as a world… put out a welcome mat.” That being said, Glass is no fan of censorship. “I don’t mind offending people. I just don’t want to offend the brilliant people. I want to make fun of the right people. When you do stand-up comedy and you pick on the wrong people you tend to not be proud of that years later in your life. Whatever you’re doing, make sure it’s right. Be proud of it.”
This very same uplifting attitude and zest for life spills over when Glass speaks of recent comedic ventures. Camping With Todd, the pilot he just shot with friends Jon Dore and Zach Galifianakis in the Angeles Forest, and his podcast, The Todd Glass Show, allow plenty of time for silliness. Evidently, Glass rarely slows down for long and is already planning the next adventure. “To do my own tour in a tour bus, and bring my band with me across the country, is absolutely… number one… the only thing on my bucket list, when it comes to comedy, that I’ve never done.” We look forward to the full-scale Todd Glass tour in years to come, but in the meantime we highly recommend checking out one of five Vancouver shows Glass is set to perform with local favourite, Chris James, as part of the JFL NorthWest Comedy Festival.
Head down to Yuk Yuk’s in Vancouver, from February 23-25, to soak up some characteristic Todd Glass hilarity in person. Visit http://www.jflnorthwest.com/ for tickets.BC, British Columbia, JFL Northwest, Todd Glass, Vancouver Yuk Yuk's, Yuk Yuk's