By Amber Harper-Young
VANCOUVER — At 15 years old, Tom Green first set foot on a stand-up stage in Ottawa, Ontario. It is now 30 years later and he’s on a world tour that’s landing in Vancouver in early November.
Green first got his start in Canadian show business through rap group Organized Rhyme, and soon after began working for Much Music, studying broadcasting and hosting CHUO Radio. After college his cable access show, The Tom Green Show, which eventually catapulted him to stardom, was picked up by The Comedy Network. The show presented guerrilla-style street interviews, risk-taking pranks, and disgustingly hilarious behaviour; it was the first of its kind. Eventually plucked by MTV, Green went on to work with the infamous American Music Channel before his untimely testicular cancer diagnosis at the age of 28. In innovative form, Green insisted on televising the life-saving surgery that enabled his return to writing and acting in film and television. Before streaming was common practice, Green hosted Webovision’s Tom Green Live!, interviewing the likes of Norm MacDonald and Bill Burr. Green has also appeared on the late night television programs of numerous other comedians, from Conan O’Brien to David Letterman (Green’s all-time hero); once even hosting the show before Letterman’s retirement.
The Pembroke, Ontario-born comic admits that in the past he has had other projects to deter him from constantly performing stand-up but, says “It’s all part and parcel of the same thing. I never really feel like I’ve stopped doing anything, you know? I’ve been doing music, and the stand-up, and the TV, and my web show. It really feels like it’s all sort of the same thing.”
Green’s website, TomGreen.com, features “Do the Donald,” a dark, catchy, satirical rap video highlighting Trump’s idiocy as an entertaining warning to all Trump supporters. Living in LA, Green expresses concern for current political situation in America: “I think that’s the sort of sad thing about Hollywood in general, is so many people who are completely adamantly against Donald Trump still stay quiet. They don’t want to upset their fans that are Trump supporters. People should really stand up for what they believe in when it’s important. There’s a moral issue here. They don’t want to offend their fans because they want to make money. I feel a responsibility, with Trump having been racist and using bigotry and racism to fan the flames of division in America. I just think it’s so disgusting that I have to, like, let people know that I’m not cool with that. And hopefully, you know, some of my fans who may have been Trump supporters might look at it differently. That would be good.”
How does Green feel about coming back to his home country? “I can tell you I’m excited about coming to Vancouver. I love Vancouver! I put out a skateboard this year with Vancouver-based company, Skull Skates. I love being up in Canada. It’s been too long and I’m looking forward to coming back.” It might be a good chance to welcome him back and he will prove to you that “he’s not just the guy from Freddy Got Fingered.”BC, British Columbia, Donald Trump, stand-up comedy, Tom Green, Yuk Yuk's