Honesty in comedy and in oneself

I had the recent privilege of writing an article for Austin daily digital magazine CultureMap on comedian Todd Glass’s decision to publicly come out on the immensely popular comedy podcast WTF with Marc Maron.  In it I also consider what comedians (myself included) might make in our language choices in comic material.

The embed function on the site is not working on my laptop for some reason so I went ahead and pasted an excerpt below.

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Comedian comes (out) clean: Todd Glass announces he’s gay on WTF with Marc Maron

BY JOE FAINA
01.19.12 | 11:45 am


Comedian Todd Glass made waves in the comedy world on Monday by using Marc Maron’s widely popular WTF podcast to publicly come out after over 20 years of silence. In doing so, he’s created one of the most memorable moments in recent comedy history.

Since premiering in late 2009, Maron has interviewed hundreds of comedians he’s met over 25 years of performing stand-up comedy. The WTF podcast is known for its frankness and honesty; while he and his guests always talk comedy, conversations tend to veer towards what’s going on underneath the surface in their lives.

The recent interview with Glass, however, is sure to go down as one of the most significant moments from the podcast’s 240+ episodes. That Glass specifically chose Maron’s show to come out is only the tip of the iceberg — Glass repeatedly mentions his decision was motivated by the increasing trend of gay teen suicides.

Stand-up comedy is an art form predicated on brutal honesty — many of the most celebrated comedians are the ones who embrace their struggles and fears for the sake of laughter.
“This is the reason that motivated me to do it. I cannot listen to stories about kids killing themselves any longer and not [think] ‘when are you going to have a little blood on your shirt for not being honest about who you are?'” Glass admits. “And if I do it in a public forum, as opposed to just doing it privately, I can then maybe do something to help kids.”

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Read the rest of the story at CultureMap Austin.

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About Joe Faina

Rhetoric & Media Professor, Writer, Humorist

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