Todd Glass as seen on Netflix
Hey hey, Minnesota, here comes Todd Glass fresh off his newest special, Todd Glass: Act Happy, that came out January 23rd on Netflix.
Todd Glass's bio could go on forever. You name it, Todd has been on it, mention a comedian, Todd has worked with them.
So instead here is a well written review of his newest special by Sean L. McCarthy for Decider.com:
"If there’s one thing you learn very quickly about Todd Glass, it’s that he doesn’t have to act happy. Unless it’s all just an act.
The Philadelphia native, now 53, is a bit of a hero in the Los Angeles indie comedy scene and a “comic’s comic” everywhere. You may have seen him livening up the house on season two of NBC’s Last Comic Standing or heard him on a variety of podcasts, but for his first Netflix stand-up special, Todd Glass: Act Happy, he goes very big in a relatively small room. The special opens with Glass delivering a pep talk to his quintet of merry musical pranksters on a tour bus, telling them the Lyric seats only 75, “but play like it’s 80.” They’re on board, but the bus driver (played by Jeff Garlin) remains skeptical.
But if there’s one thing you’ll remember about Glass, it’s that he knows how to entertain. The man puts on a show. He may want you to think he’s ad-libbing because he DGAF, demonstrating that by riffing a song about the fans in the front row to the tune of a public domain song. However, Glass delivers an elaborately scripted, highly energetic performance, night-in, night-out, complete with sound cues and backtalk dialogue from his band.
“That’s right everybody. I know what I’m doing,” he says in an aside.
So when Glass works the crowd, it’s far from the usual, where-you-from, what-do-you-do-for-a-living, who-you-with interrogation prompting punchlines. Instead, he’ll have the band play The Battle Hymn of the Republic to crescendo to prove that he won’t offend anyone. Or he’ll ask an audience member to play along as he demonstrates his foolproof technique to cover for when he misidentifies an acquaintance. “Have fun, don’t worry about it!”
That could be the dominant theme of Glass’s comedy, too.
He ensures that everyone falls in line acting happy along with him with maximum effort. That effort comes with a massive trade-off, though, as Glass explains by telling the story of the night he suffered a heart attack onstage after performing for a show with Sarah Silverman. He uses that story to also divulge his decision to no longer live as a closeted gay man. Although coming out of the closet isn’t his preferred terminology. “Maybe ‘Busting out of the shed’ would work a little better. I’d feel a little cooler.”
Truth is, Glass always has been cool.
He may think he needs to “stage” his refrigerator to impress his guests, or launch into song and dance to impress a crowd.
But even into his 50s, he knows better than many in Generation X not to dismiss millennials as “these kids today.” Rather, Glass argues that young people of every generation turn out to be on the right side of history, and a bit that in the wrong hands just leads to clapter (applauding in agreement instead of laughing) here gets wound up and thrown about, quite literally, with Glass tossing the mic aside in a huff. When he says older people only think they know better because they’re not even trying – “the way you become prejudiced to a group is you have none of them in your life” – his example reveals widespread relevancy.
Unlike comedians who rail against political correctness, Glass objects loudly: “It’s not PC! It’s just f—ing kind!”
Even if you can’t get on board with some of Glass’s longer more involved routines, he’ll always change it up with another musical cue or a segment allowing him to throw one-liners your way.
And comedy fans will surely love his references comedians, which here include a chant for his friend Rory Scovel, a series of Mitch Hedberg jokes as told by the Rodney Dangerfield, and a bit about man caves that he writes with another comedian in mind. “I’m thinking about giving this bit to Brian Regan. I think he could do a lot with this.” Glass then launches into a Regan impersonation for the bit.
Turns out Glass could do a lot with anything, if you’ll give him the opportunity."
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