Ira Glass Makes Balloon Animals and Gives NSFW Advice to Teens — At the Same Time!!

Prior to public radio superstardom, Ira Glass enjoyed modest success as an amateur teenage magician with a side in balloon animals. At the behest of Rookie, an online magazine by and for teen girls, Glass shared some trade secrets gleaned from the 1974 pamphlet, Roger’s Rubber Ark, Volume II. Ignore the diabolical squeaking, and you’ll come out of this video knowing every step that goes into a seated Snoopy and a surprisingly elegant French poodle.

Even better than the balloon how-tos are Glass’ straightforward responses to Rookie readers’ questions, a challenge previously faced by Jon Hamm and Paul Rudd.

He applauds the courage of “Anonymous,” who revealed her true feelings to a crush via text message. But, when presented with the facts, Glass concludes unequivocally that her sentiment is not shared. (It’s not.)

The entirety of womankind will embrace him for what he has to say to nerdy girls and those with short hairdos.

And when the topic turns to condom etiquette and fellatio, well, let’s just say that the teenagers of the world could use more sex educators like Ira Glass.

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  1. Daniel Stevens says . . . | November 30, 2012 / 3:47 pm

    Ira is a weird dude, but I like him. I don’t think I like him enough to watch this video, though, lol.

  2. Bix says . . . | December 2, 2012 / 2:18 pm

    This is a very cool video–Ira handles the questions beautifully! He gives brilliant advice to the young ladies, and bravo for him for being so classy.

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