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January 9th, 2010
John Breech / Staff

Tom Green: MTV Host, Movie Star and now Standup Comic


If you’re between the ages of 25 and 34, you might remember Tom Green as the guy who humped a moose on MTV...

Tom Green

If you’re between the ages of 25 and 34, you might remember Tom Green as the guy who humped a moose on MTV. On the other hand, maybe moose humping isn’t your thing; in that case, you might remember him as the guy who married Drew Barrymore in July of 2001. However, if you don’t remember Green’s wedding to Barrymore, it’s not a big deal, he probably doesn’t either, the marriage only lasted five months.


What you do probably remember Green for is this: the Canadian native was one of the hottest comedians in the early 2000’s. He graced the cover of Rolling Stone, he guest hosted for David Letterman and he even hosted Saturday Night Live.


For the past few years, as far as the mainstream goes, Green has been lying low. He’s done occasional stints on Jay Leno’s old Tonight Show, but for the most part Green has stayed out of the public eye. However, that’s all changing now.


In 2006 Green launched a show on the web, ‘Tom Green’s House Tonight.’ The show, on Tomgreen.com, is now the internet’s longest running and most watched program. Green’s guests have included Val Kilmer, Jimmy Kimmel and Carson Daly. Green’s show is completely interactive. If you have Skype and a web connection, you could find yourself actually talking to Green’s guests on the show. Late last year, Green decided to he wanted to try something even more ambitious.


On January 7, Green began a worldwide standup comedy tour. The comedian, who hasn’t done standup in over 20 years, will be kicking off the U.S. part of his tour here in Roswell. The tour itself began Thursday in Canada, which makes sense because Green is from the Great White North.


Green, speaking on the phone from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, is thrilled to be heading south for his tour. “It’s exciting to be coming down to the states,” the seasoned star says. “This is the first real standup comedy tour I’ve done.”


The last time Green did standup?


“I did standup when I was a teenager in high school,” Green says. “I did it when I was very young when I was 15, 16, 17-years-old in Ottawa. I stopped doing it when I got a record deal with a rap group that I was a part of in Canada.”


Unlike other white rappers (think Vanilla Ice), Green actually had some talent. “We got a Canadian record deal. When that fizzled out, I went back to school for broadcasting. I never really went back to standup. On my [MTV] show I would do a monologue and of course write a lot of crazy comedy bits, but I’ve always kind of had an itching desire to go on the road and play in theaters and comedy clubs all over the world.”


Over the next four months, Green will finally get to scratch his itching desire to do standup.


Green’s Roswell tour stop will take place at the revamped Funny Farm which is now located on Highway 9 inside of Andretti’s. If you head out to see Green in action this Friday, Saturday or Sunday, Green says to expect anything, “I’ve definitely been through a lot of crazy things. First I had cancer; testicular cancer, which of course is ripe for comedy,” Green says with complete sarcasm in his voice. “There’s a lot of funny stories. I touch on my personal life. In the traditional sense, I enjoy talking about current events and making fun of some things that are going on in the news and media and my web show. I’ll be talking about all sorts of things.”


“It’s also going to be a very interactive show, I like to talk to the audience,” says Green, who actually did survive a 2001 bout with testicular cancer. “I did my first show [Jan. 7] and it was a blast. We had a full house and people were having a great time. It was a crazy show. I did a little bit of music. I have a guitar on stage and I pull that out and play a couple of songs from movies I’ve done. Who knows, I might do a surprise song from Road Trip.” 


Green’s U.S. tour starts in Roswell on Friday and ends on March 27 in Tempe, Ariz. After the Arizona stop, Green will head to Australia. Wait, what? “That just sort of happened,” Green says of the Australian leg of the tour. “It seems like I have a pretty good following in Australia, I’ve never been there. But based on my twitter account and the emails I get to Tomgreen.com, I’ve gotten tons of response from Australia. My show aired on MTV over there. The last season of celebrity apprentice even aired in Australia (Green was a contestant). Hopefully that will help, but who knows, I mean I got fired after the third episode. But I’m excited about [Australia]. I’ve never been there, it’s really truly going to make it a real world tour.”


Tom Green will be at the Funny Farm in Roswell January 15-17. Show times are 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $25 on Friday and Saturday and $20 on Sunday. For more information on Tom Green’s web show and Comedy Tour check out Tomgreen.com. For more information on his weekend shows in Roswell check out www.funnyfarmcomedyclub.com.

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