Day: September 23, 2008

Interview: Todd Glass

I saw Todd Glass on film at an Improv before I ever saw him onstage. The comedy club chain had employed Glass to deliver the all-important pre-show announcements for audience members to turn off their cell phones and pagers, sit back, "laugh, shut up, laugh, shut up, laugh, shut up." His conversational style and humor would put folks at ease. Then I saw Todd Glass onstage six years ago. Funny, funny, funny. Jokes upon jokes, jokes about jokes, and Glass had an extra guy on tour with him just to set up all the bells and whistles (and sometimes, seemingly actual bells and whistles) that accompanied his headlining stand-up act. "I used to sometimes have the middle help me out," Glass (captured in photographic glory by Steve Agee) explains to me in the here and now. "I would go, get 33 ready! Get 22 ready!" A Philadelphia native now based in Southern California, Glass often works the road, but makes a fairly rare New York City appearance this weekend at Comix (Sept. 26-27). You can read part of our interview in today’s NYC editions of the Metro paper. Glass said he stopped doing all of the music and sound cues "when I was trying to get a special ready for Comedy Central," and began concentrating more on his stand-up material. "I’ve had two years where I haven’t done any...

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Chris Rock talks “Kill the Messenger” on Letterman

Last night’s The Late Show with David Letterman was a real winner, with several segments of serious talk time with former President Bill Clinton, followed by a discussion with Chris Rock, who ably poked fun at the Clintons before promoting his upcoming HBO special, Kill The Messenger (debuts 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27). "All around the world," Rock said. "New York, Johannesburg and London. And then we cut it so it looks like one special. If your eyes are closed you can’t really tell. It’s like white people laughing at stuff in London, and then black people laughing at that exact same joke in Harlem. It’s kinda cool." What did he learn? "Here’s the thing they’re not telling you about the economy. The dollar is worthless…I gave a lady $3,000 American dollars. I figured there’s going to be some happy strippers when I leave London, right? (laughter)…She gave me back a loaf of bread." What else? "I learned people are the same everywhere, Dave. Wherever you go, Dave, they are the exact same people. People love Carrot Top all over the world,...

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