A comedian, actor, late night host and even rapper, Tom Green has done it all. You know him from MTV’s “The Tom Green Show” or maybe MTV’s “The New Tom Green Show.” He’s acted in feature films such asÂ “Road Trip,” “Freddy Got Fingered” and “Stealing Harvard,”or maybeÂ youâ€™ve checked out his brand new (aptly named) podcast â€œThe Tom Green Podcast.â€Â I recently spoke withÂ Green on his way to the airport, to help promote his two special appearances this Friday, March 13 at The Laughing Derby.
Chris Humphreys: You started by performing stand-up comedy at 15, you’ve filled in on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” you’ve released rap albums and acted in films – you’ve done it all. Is there one medium that attracts youÂ more than the rest?
Tom Green: Iâ€™m having a lot of fun doing stand-up, itâ€™s the most fun. Getting laughs from everybody and having a good time, itâ€™s literally like going to a party every night for your job. So itâ€™s fun and Iâ€™m excited to be traveling around the country and performing for audiences all over the world.Â I was doing an internet show a few years agoÂ …Â I had been doing the show for a while and I had started seeing all the requests from all over the world from people saying “you should come out perform out here!” and thatâ€™s sort of what got me back out on the road and Iâ€™m having a blast doing it.
Humphreys: You just relaunched yourÂ podcast,Â “The Tom Green Podcast.” In the first episode you mentioned that you want to make it stand out and be different from every other podcast out there. How are you going to do that?
Green: Honestly, I have no idea (laughs). Iâ€™m just kind of experimenting with it now and I think thatâ€™s kind of the fun of it. I have a studio in Los Angeles that we built last year and weâ€™re just basically starting to do a regular podcast and a regular web broadcast, which is more television, I call it “Webovision.” But yeah, itâ€™s going to be in the experimental phase starting now, so Iâ€™m not sure where itâ€™s gonna go, but I definitely know weâ€™re going to do some innovative stuff that you donâ€™t see much.
In the podcast, itâ€™s probably just going to start getting really weird. Thereâ€™s something fun about the theatre of the mind of radio and podcasting where people canâ€™t see you. So much of theÂ (podcast)Â comedy is going to come from just silliness and strange characters, and weird things that I do on the podcast that I maybe wouldnâ€™t do on the Webivision show. Itâ€™s going to be fun.
Humphreys: What can people expect from the Webivion show?
Green: The Webivision show is in this evolution right now where weâ€™re literally going on the air and trying to figure out how to turn the microphones on. Myself and a couple friends are building the studio from the ground up, all by ourselves â€¦ so itâ€™s going to look very gorilla and very raw and very real and thereâ€™s going to be a lot of really weird stuff going on in there â€¦ itâ€™s essentially a talk show on the internet and weâ€™re going to start having a lot of really cool guests on there.
Humphreys:Â Growing up as a 13 year old boy, I was a huge fan of “Road Trip” and “Freddy Got Fingered.” When will we get to see you on the silver screen again?
Green:Â Iâ€™m shooting a film this year called â€œIron Sky,â€ actually the sequel, â€œIron Sky 2.â€
Humphreys: Nazis on the moon, right?
Green: Yeah, except now theyâ€™re in hollow Earth. Iâ€™m playing a Steve Jobs inspired cult leader, thatâ€™s going to be really cool. I did a movie last year â€œTotal Frat Movie,â€ and itâ€™s really funny – like a â€œRoad Tripâ€ kind of movie, I play the dean in that one. And then Iâ€™m in the new â€œTrailer Park Boysâ€ movie “Swearnet,” which was a lot of fun.
Humphreys:Â What would you tell someone that’s never been to a stand-up comedy show before to get them to come out and see your show?
Green: I want people to know, if youâ€™re expecting it to be a one man show or me talking about stories from my life – thatâ€™s not really what it is. I do a little bit of that at the end of the show to satisfy the hardcore fans of the older stuff, the TV shows and movies and stuff. But really it is a stand-up comedy show. Iâ€™m talking about social issues, and the media, and observations on life and relationships – itâ€™s a very in your face, interactive show where if youâ€™re sitting in the front row, youâ€™re probably going to be part of the show. If youâ€™re sitting in the middle or back, you can sit back and enjoy and watch the absurd ways I mess with the crowd. Thereâ€™s a lot of improv, itâ€™s very high energy and itâ€™s a hilarious show.Â I performed at the Edinburgh Festival in ScotlandÂ last year and got five star reviews. Youâ€™re going to laugh harder than you ever have before in your entire life for a solid hour and a half.
Tickets are available online at www.laughingderby.com or by calling 502.459.0222.