By the time he was 11, Todd Glass already knew that he wanted to be a professional stand-up comic. Now a veteran in an industry that eats charlatans, Glass believes stand-up comedy is the best bang a person can get for their buck in the entertainment industry. “If you go to see a comedian do an hour [show], you’ll get hundreds of laughs. If you go to see a movie, you don’t get that.”
“I said a long time ago, I’m not pro-marijuana in that I want to march to get it legal. I just want to smoke it.”
Over the years, Glass has not only performed in prestigious locales across the planet, he’s also appeared on television shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the legendary Politically Incorrect, and sitcoms like Home Improvement, Friends, Married . . . with Children, his own Comedy Central special, and other shows including Comics Only and The A-List. Even after success, Glass warns that for any comedian, performing can still feel like taming a lion for the first time. “Stand-up can be harrowing. It’s like sex, you must really want to do it or you never would.”
“If someone is anti-liquor, I get it. If you don’t think pot or liquor is good, that’s OK. If a person thinks liquor should be legal but not pot, I don’t know where to start. If I go down to the beach and have a hack or wine, nobody says anything. So, I act the same way about pot.”
Stand-up comedy is still a facet of the entertainment industry, and eventually any entertainer has to either make money or settle for enjoying the ride. Glass knows. Between the internet, YouTube and other platforms, comics have more opportunities than ever to find success. “It really just takes its course. You just do it and do it. Some people take longer than others. I have friends that do it as a hobby,” Glass said. “There are a lot more vehicles than there used to be. Comedy gets better and better, more real. Acting has gotten more real.” If you’ve always wanted to check it out, now is the right time. “I think comedy is in a good place,” Glass said. “It seems like a golden age.”
Glass observes that stand-up comics should be realistic. “On one level, they all want to make a living. I’ve been doing stand up a long time. You see people who go further than you, but you also see people who quit,” Glass shared. For some, even after finding success in comedy, the fight to maintain success is one that comes with challenges. “There are actors who ended up on a series that got canceled and they are back to waiting tables. At the end of the day, people want a vehicle to get noticed, and that can be just about anything these days,” Glass says. “A podcast, Netflix and even social media.”
Glass keeps busy performing at nearly every club in Los Angeles when he isn’t touring the rest of the planet or doing his podcast. “I just got done shooting another one-hour special. I put a lot of time and work into it. My last one ended up on Netflix.” He is still thinking of a name for it. Glass is also working on a television show. “I’ve shot a pilot called ‘Camping with Todd’.” The premise involves taking various celebrities into a deep, dark forest for an interview. “We sit around a crackling fire and talk.” So far some of his guests include Jon Dore, Zach Galifianakis and Eddie Pepitone.
Part of the class Glass possesses is that he is cool with cannabis. “I said a long time ago, I’m not pro-marijuana in that I want to march to get it legal. I just want to smoke it.” Across the country, however, possession can still mean prison. “Unfortunately, it is a fight,” he says. “If someone is anti-liquor, I get it. If you don’t think pot or liquor is good, that’s OK. If a person thinks liquor should be legal but not pot, I don’t know where to start. If I go down to the beach and have a hack or wine, nobody says anything. So, I act the same way about pot. I started smoking it at 30. I don’t want to smoke it 24 hours a day. I don’t smoke seven days a week, but I like getting high, and I enjoy the people who enjoy it, too.”
Feel the Influence of Jenny Wakeandbake
Jenny Wakeandbake is exactly what the world needs. YouTuber, photographer and Instagram influencer, Wakeandbake provides helpful and informative cannabis reviews, tutorials and more on her YouTube channel. Her photos and videos are professionally executed and are entertaining, and she has a style that’s polished but approachable. CULTURE chatted with Jenny about her hustle, her life and her influence.
How did Jenny Wakeandbake come to be?
I was living in Colorado at the time, and it was the first time in my life that I felt open and free about being a cannabis patient. When I moved back to Massachusetts, the answer was really simple. I became a medical cannabis patient, and I was really one of a kind here. So I wanted to educate and show everybody what I do as a photographer and videographer.
How did you build your following?
I found as many other people like me on social media based platforms as I could, and started engaging with them. Also just engaging with different groups and tribes on Instagram, Happy Tokes and the Happy Tokes tribe has done so much for me, and the cannabis community. So I really just followed in those footsteps of being myself, and sharing myself with the internet. The people followed, the more open and honest I was, the more people could relate.
Has being a cannabis influencer affected your everyday life, if so how?
I wake up every day blessed. I have a house, a roof over my head, food in my refrigerator, my dog has food in his bowl, and I get to spend my days creating cannabis content. I’m no longer in the dark place I was before I found this wonderful opportunity to have a career in cannabis.
What do you hope to accomplish with your work as a cannabis influencer?
Just really help to break the stigma. To show everyday people that may not use cannabis, or may have negative feelings towards cannabis, that just because I smoke weed everyday doesn’t mean that I’m not a professional and not worth hiring. Or that anybody who is like me, and uses cannabis cannot be professional and just as capable as someone else in the conference room. To show that cannabis is not a scary thing, and that it can be so helpful to so many people. It took me years to convince my mom that CBD helps with inflammation and pain, and she now uses CBD cream on her knees and happily walks to work.
Jenny Wakeandbake is constantly posting fresh, original content to her accounts, so give her a follow, or subscribe.
Does Super Troopers 2 Live Up to the Hype?
Comedy sequels are a hard trick to pull off. Many don’t know where to draw the line between new material and recycling the hits that made their predecessor a success. So, when compared to other comedy sequels, Super Troopers 2 is a victory. However, when compared to the comic mastery of the original, it leaves a lot to be desired.
The film reunites our favorite former Vermont highway patrol officers: Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar), Mac (Steve Lemme), Farva (Kevin Heffernan), Rabbit (Erik Stolhanske) and Foster (Paul Soter), 15 years after the events of the original film. The group has been fired from the Spursbury Police Department after a mysterious disaster involving Fred Savage. They’re given a new lease on life when it’s discovered that a Canadian border town is actually part of the United States, and they have been chosen to patrol the new area. Unsurprisingly, the locals are not keen on becoming Americans, and whacky mayhem ensues. Throw in some disgruntled Mounties and a cache of smuggled goods and you have all the makings of a great comedy.
Of course, like all of Broken Lizard’s films, the main through line is rarely of any consequence. For the most part, it is used to get us from one absurd encounter to the next. The film revels in making Canada the punchline of many of their jokes without seeming mean-spirited about it. It’s more akin to picking on a younger sibling.
For their part, the Broken Lizard quintet do more of the same from the original, yet this time around it seems a little more forced. A standout of the film is Rob Lowe, who plays the mayor/strip club owner of the town. He seems to be having a blast with his outlandish character who is equal parts goofball and antagonist. Mad TV alum, Will Sasso, also shines as one of the Mounties constantly butting heads with the team.
Where the film seems to lack is in its execution. Sure, the pull-over gags are there, but with the exception of a great French-Canadian exchange, the others seem far less inspired than those of the original. And that is where the problem lies. Anyone who sees the film will inevitably compare this to Super Troopers, and if you are seeing the sequel, it’s safe to assume you were a fan of it. Such a comparison is not fair to this film. We’ve had 16 years of “meow,” “shenanigans” and “liter of cola” to enrapture the film as one of the all-time comedy greats. We often forget that the original film was only a moderate success originally. It didn’t find mythical status until it was released on home video. Needless to say, it is impossible to evaluate the sequel on its own merits, without comparing it to the original. Also, things that worked sixteen years ago don’t necessarily work today. And even if they do work, they seem less special because we have seen them before.
In the pantheon of comedy sequels Super Troopers 2 fairs better than major stinkers like Zoolander 2 and Caddyshack 2, and lands more in the Wayne’s World 2 or Hangover 2 territory. It pales in comparison to the original, but has enough laughs to make it worth checking out.
Read CULTURE‘s exclusive interview with four of the five members of Broken Lizard here.
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