STATELINE, Nev. - Word within the comedy community spreads very quickly.
Of course being on "WTF with Marc Maron" with a followup on Jimmy Fallon pretty much solidified any and all rumors that comedian Todd Glass had come out. By and large support for Glass has been pretty positive, especially when you consider the reasons for going public.
Todd said he couldn't hide the fact he was gay when kids were committing suicide being bullied because they were gay. So I applaud Todd and can't wait to chat with him on my radio show. Glass has his own podcast ("The Todd Glass Show") on the Nerdist network in addition to all the stuff he does relating to his stand-up career.
Todd headlines this week through Sunday at the Improv inside Harveys Resort and Casino. Daniel Kinno opens and I am the bearded host.
Todd opened for Sarah Silverman the last time he was up here over at MontBleu Casino, and before that David Spade when he was last here over at Harrah's Lake Tahoe.
He did pretty well on NBC's "Last Comic Standing" seasons 2 and 3, been on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," HBO, "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," "Showbiz Show with David Spade," and before that "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn" on Comedy Central and "Politically Incorrect," to name but a mere few.
With regard to his stand-up, Todd is very improvisational and other comics will often talk about him and some of the outlandish things he does on stage. For the record I have to tell you, though, that he's not really popular with some sound and lighting techs, because he'll often incorporate them into his act but and not always in a flattering light (no pun). If they just realize that he's just messing with them they won't take it too personally and just go with it.
Hey, the last time Todd performed up here he sat in the front row during my set and when I started grabbing the guitar to do a parody song, he yelled out, "Oh, great. What is this? A (blanking) folk festival now?"
Of course later when the audience saw Todd on stage they realized that they had in fact been had. I don't use the guitar much anymore since being scarred by that incident.
Well, here's a guy who also hasn't been at our place in some time: Daniel Kinno; former citizen of the former Soviet Union, Daniel started out doing a lot of material being from Russia.
He has these great, insightful observational experiences first-hand that only someone who grew up in that environment could pull off.
Before making a go of it in standup, Daniel was an artist and actor. He then branched out into doing sketch comedy, performing every week in Moscow schools.
He did this one bit where he poked fun at Soviet elected-officials and because of that was not allowed to return. Oops.
At the age of 16, Daniel moved to America where he was free to say whatever he pleased settling in the Boston area where he enrolled himself in classes with Tom Kemp, an acclaimed Emerson acting teacher.
He's been featured all over cable including MTV, the Oxygen Network and made a pretty decent impression when he performed at the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal.
Daniel has also performed in Afghanistan where he part of a USO tour entertaining U.S. and international forces.