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Did Todd Glass Step Over the Line Tonight at the Improv?

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Time:
Friday, May 16th, 2008 @ approx. 8:20pm

Place:
Hollywood Improv

Situation
Todd Glass is 3 minutes into his set when a gentleman in the front row (seated alone) reaches for his cell phone to respond to view and respond to a text message. Glass tells him very directly to put his phone away. The gentleman motions for Glass to hold on a moment. Glass forcefully grabs the cell phone out of the gentleman’s hands and puts the cell phone on the piano on stage and makes fun of the gentleman for 2 minutes.

Question
Did Todd Glass go too far?

My Opinion
First things first…if I was the dude, I would have been on stage beating Todd Glass in the head with the mic. But that’s me…you may have reacted differently.

Let’s make one thing clear, it’s rude to send text messages while a comedian is on stage (especially in the front row). It’s just rude! Repeated text messaging is grounds for a comedian to go after an audience member – verbally. Furthermore, when an audience member ignores a request from the comedian to put away the phone, he deserves to be verbally annihilated by the comedian. This guy may have been a monster d-bag for ignoring Todd Glass…but for Glass to forcefully take the cell phone out of his hand…is ridiculous. Who the hell is Todd Glass?

Maybe this guy has a pregnant wife at home who he’s waiting to hear from…maybe he’s a doctor…or maybe he’s just a dick. It really doesn’t matter. The fact of the matter is…this guy paid to be there…and Glass needs to remember that. If you are a comedian, use your verbal skills. Don’t pull some garbage like this. I like Todd Glass…he makes me laugh. But I think this was piss poor.

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Chris Rock Tonight

3 months after buying my tickets and 10 years since I last saw him in concert, I am finally going to the Chris Rock show tonight at the Gibson Amphitheatre!  Quite possibly the greatest comedian of our time.  If you are there, say hi…he’s going to kill!

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Artie Lange Line-Up for Los Angeles Show

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From what I can gather…it looks like Artie is bringing the great Greg Fitzsimmons and the Rev. Bob Levy with him to do some time at his show on April 5th at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal City Walk.  It’s going to be a great show.

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Lewis Black hits SoCal in May: Santa Barbara, Thousand Oaks, and Long Beach

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Lewis Black
Lewis Black is live in Santa Barbara, Thousand Oaks, and Long Beach this May. The string of great stand-up comedy concerts in the Los Angeles-area keeps going. I saw Black two years ago at Comedy Central’s Last Laugh. He’s great. I like those angry comedians though. It’s cathartic. Here’s the info:

On Sale Sat, Mar 15 at 10:00 am:
Arlington Theatre – Santa Barbara
Thursday, May 1 – BUY TICKETS

On Sale Sat, Mar 15 at 12:00 pm:
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
Friday, May 2 – BUY TICKETS

On Sale Sun, Mar 16 at 10:00 am:
Long Beach Terrace Theater
Saturday, May 3 – BUY TICKETS

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We Were Live On the Web: My first Interview on theStream.tv

I sat in with Stuart Paap on his show on theStream.tv on Tuesday. Check the link below for the segment. Good times all around.

“Live From the Future with Stuart Paap”

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Watch Me Tonight on “Live From the Future with Stuart Paap” on TheStream.TV

I will be talking comedy with Stuart Paap on his talk show “Live From the Future”. You can catch it online at www.thestream.tv

Starts at 8pm PST. It’s live folks…and I should be on at about 8:15.

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Best FREE Comedy Show in the City Set for a Killer Line-up This Tuesday

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If you are a fan of stand-up comedy or just feel like a good laugh this week…Ballgame’s Laugh Lounge at Red Rock is set for killer line-up. Brian Scolaro, Tom Segura, and Jeff Short are simply 3 of the best stand-up comedians in the country…let alone Los Angeles. It’s FREE, there’s no drink minimum…and you can park in the $4 lot across the street. Take a cheap date…hell…take your wife…and get some laughs on the cheap. But I promise you…this is the real deal. Check out this VideoShot of Segura…and I’ll see you on Tuesday at 8:30 at Red Rock.

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