When Metro asked Tom Green about embarking on his latest endeavour in Edmonton, he said he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Though not by design, the gonzo entertainer’s global stand-up tour begins tonight at West Edmonton Mall, a trend not uncommon to Green. “All roads seem to always lead me to Edmonton — it’s amazing, actually,” he said.
The Ottawa native holds tight to his Canadian heritage. That was a fact proven positive two weeks after the deaths of three Canadian soldiers last March, when a FOX News Channel talk show host mocked the Canadian military on-air.
Green fired back at Red Eye host Greg Gutfeld. He shared his disgust with the world in no uncertain terms while filming his in-home web show Tom Green’s House Tonight, vowing never to appear as a guest on Red Eye again.
“It pissed me off — I have to be honest,” said Green, who was raised an army brat. “It definitely was not comedy at that point. I felt it was pretty ignorant.”
He says heated confrontations aren’t a habit, and he’s focusing on new challenges.
“I’m trying to be more positive and do things I’ve always wanted to do, like a stand-up comedy tour.”
Edmonton shows scheduled for Red Eye panelist and comedian Doug Benson were cancelled over the controversial remarks, after The Comic Strip management received threatening phone calls preceding his appearance.
Ironically, Green will embark on his stand-up tour on the very same stage tonight. The endeavour is a first for Green, whose resume, padded with music, television and film experience, hasn’t included on-stage comedy since high school.
“I want it to be really fun. I want to keep it fresh and keep it real.”
The show, which will be filmed for a behind-the-scenes DVD, runs twice nightly starting today until Saturday.