- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (June 3, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 147671441X
- ISBN-13: 978-1476714417
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #904,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 Hardcover – June 3, 2014
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“Glass is a brilliant and very original comedian…There are plenty of laughs in Glass’s stories of his fast start in comedy—he went from discovering he could make people laugh to opening for Patti LaBelle on Broadway while still in his teens—and the long, slow climb that followed. Yet his account of his lifelong struggle to be honest about his sexuality is also serious, sad and ultimately triumphant.” (New York Times Book Review)
“Glass clearly seeks to entertain with this comic picaresque, yet like his idol George Carlin, he also seeks to tell the truth, which he does with compassion and empathy throughout. A humorous, lively and humane memoir.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Unlike most memoirs by comedians, his actually addresses an important social issue…While the chapters about his career are fun and interesting, it’s the chapters about acknowledging his own truth and helping others to address theirs that makes this a great book to read and discuss with others.” (The Washingtonian)
“Todd Glass is one of my all-time favorite comedians. But he is not just a brilliant comedian, he is also a terrible friend.” (Sarah Silverman, New York Times bestselling author of The Bed-Wetter)
“Todd Glass is not only the funniest person I know, he might be the funnest. This book is like Todd: fun, engaging and honest. And having ghost written so many classic books (War & Peace, Elmo Goes Shopping, The Celestine Prophecy, The Notebook) it is nice to see Todd finally put his name on one! Also: Todd Glass is much funnier than his brother Ira.” (Jim Gaffigan, New York Times bestselling author of Dad is Fat)
"Todd is a human hurricane and comedic force of nature. And now that hurricane has written a book. HOW DID HE TYPE WITH HIS WIND-FINGERS?" (Patton Oswalt, author of Zombie Spaceship Wasteland)
“There are comics and then there are comic’s comics. Todd Glass is the rare comic’s comics comic. Which means six people find him funny.” (Norm Macdonald)
“Comedian Todd Glass has written a brave, amusing book about the hardest challenge of his life: Coming out… How he does this and how it goes are some of the most brave writing I’ve read of late…by turns funny and frank and often both.” (Blogcritics)
"A reliably funny and entertaining memoir...Glass' engaging delivery reflects his honest quest to live openly and abandon his early embarrassment about his sexuality. This memoir will appeal to Glass' fan base, as well as readers looking for stories of self-acceptance and triumph over shame." (Publishers Weekly)
“Most comedy memoirs are mediocre. And if Todd Glass had wanted to write a mediocre comedy memoir—riffing on his career, bragging about his achievements—he totally could have. . . . But The Todd Glass Situation is in a class of its own, thanks to Glass' frank and humble exploration of his lifelong struggle to be honest about his sexuality. . . . . Funny, insightful, and eye-opening.” (The Portland Mercury)
About the Author
Todd Glass is a Philadelphia native who has been performing standup comedy since he was sixteen. In addition to specials on Comedy Central and Netflix, Todd has appeared on numerous TV shows, including The Daily Show, Louie, Last Comic Standing, The Sarah Silverman Program, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Chelsea Lately, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and The Jimmy Kimmel Show. He’s also the host of The Todd Glass Show, a popular podcast on the Nerdist Network. The Todd Glass Situation is his first book.
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For me, this book was the thing that made me realize that every single person has their own story and their own problems they're dealing with, and it really isn't my place to make any assumptions or say "oh so what if you're gay? Big deal, who cares?". Because if its a big deal to them, then that is what is important and the situation needs to be treated how they want it to be treated.
I don't even know if that was what Todd was going for when he wrote this book, but I feel like it made me a better person.
This book gives some insight into Todd’s life and how he got to where he is today. If you follow him closely, you may have heard some of the stories before, but the way he words things makes me laugh no matter how many times I have heard it. Todd goes into depth about his childhood and some of his struggles with school and fitting in. He doesn’t usually talk much about being gay and it is nice to see that he went into depth on that a little more in this book. I sort of expected it to be something he briefly addressed but considering he has been gay for his whole life, it ends up coming up a lot. I appreciated this deep look into his life when it comes to this subject that he still has a hard time talking about.
I hate to say anything negative but I don’t really think this book had enough reverb. He really cheaped out on that. I would’ve paid more to get the reverb I deserve. Todd Glass has a google alert setup to notify him anytime someone mentions reverb so I know he will read this. Are you hearing me Todd??? Have your ghostwriter put that in his notes for your next book! Use some of this book money and give us some reverb next time!
Anyways… I loved reading about some of those experiences that Todd had when he was just starting out in comedy. I can hear him telling these stories as I read. Jonathan Grotenstein did a great job ghostwriting. The Todd Glass Situation made me laugh till I was crying and cry till I was laughing. Todd Glass is truly a national treasure and I have a massive lesbian crush on him.