Since the debut of his popular and perverse show on MTV over a decade ago and his appearances in “time defining” movies like Road Trip and Freddy Got Fingered, Tom Green seems ready to claim his role as a stand-up comic. After a lengthy battle with testicular cancer, his home burning down, a short-lived marriage to Drew Barrymore, and 5 years of popular web TV show Tom Green’s House Tonight, the ballsy comedian should surely have some things to talk about.
Green is scheduled to tape his first stand-up special on Friday, September 30th at The Wilbur Theatre in Boston, MA. If you live in the Boston area, or close enough to make a nice weekend trip, grab a $20 ticket and see one of the two scheduled tapings. As Green recently received a five star review from The Herald after his performances at Scotland’s Edinburgh Comedy Festival, I’m expecting good things from the show.
The Edinburgh Spotlight called Tom Green’s interaction with the audience “constant and intense.” Anyone who’s watched any of Green’s previous work could probably agree with the article’s choice of words. The publication continues, “He’s incredibly open and honest about elements of his past making the show much more than just hilarious antics.”
On last week’s Monday Morning Podcast with Bill Burr, Green commented on his previous shocking work in television. “Suddenly I went from being this underdog kid with a public access show that everyone’s got to see, to somebody that was sort of defending himself [. . .] Suddenly going, oh wait minute, I’ve got to maybe be a little bit more reserved now because people are going to say ‘why is that asshole putting a deer carcass on?’” Green then went on to explain his admiration for stand-up comedy. “That’s what I love about doing stand up, you get up on stage, you’re on stage for an hour, there is nobody expecting you to be reserved, you’re on stage with a mic, and let’s go.”
I would look forward to Tom Green’s live shows and upcoming special with an open mind, whether you’re a fan of his work or not. I’m personally excited to see Green in a different light, as a comic without theatrics; no deer carcass, bull penises, and etc. It’s also encouraging when a comic great like Bill Burr sounds excited to have Green in the stand-up realm. “It’s great to see a guy who actually should be doing [a stand-up special], doing one because with the technology now there’s so many people putting out specials that there not really specials anymore.”