A stand-up comedian’s upfront account of the personal struggles with homosexuality that underlay his successful career as an entertainer.
From an early age, Philadelphia native Glass knew he was different. Suffering from undiagnosed cases of ADD and dyslexia, he was relegated to special education classes in second grade. Glass survived his mislabeling as mentally handicapped and frequent family moves, cultivating a wicked sense of humor, which eventually made him popular with other students. Entering high school, however, he faced yet another challenge: being gay in a homophobic world. A successful open mike night performance at a local comedy club launched Glass into his career at age 16. After years of being the odd man out, he writes, “I’d finally found a place where I belonged.” Glass continued to thrive on stage, but offstage, his early encounters with gay men were as furtive as they were unfulfilling. He found his first long-term partner only after he moved to Los Angeles and was nearing 30. But both Glass and his partner still felt pressure to hide their identities and resorted to elaborate ruses—which included living together with a straight female friend—to hide their relationship. In the meantime, Glass’ career took him into TV, where he did commercials and comedy performances on such shows as Last Comic Standing. Yet fame could not make up for his inability to be honest about his homosexuality. Glass finally found his motivation to come out after the nationally publicized spate of gay teen suicides in 2010. Two years later, he finally revealed his homosexuality at age 47 on the podcast of fellow comedian Marc Maron. The author 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.