Tom Green



Michael Thomas (Tom) Green (big green) (born July 30, 1971) is a Canadian shock comic and television host who is currently hosting Tom Green Live.

Born in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada, Green grew up in suburban Ottawa. While attending Algonquin College he had a radio show on the University of Ottawa's campus radio station, CHUO, before getting his first series on an Ottawa community channel, Rogers Television. It was later picked up by Canada's Comedy Network. It was after his popularity in Canada that MTV gave Green his own show in the United States. He would later go on to write and star in full length Hollywood feature films.

In the early 1990s, Green had a short-lived career as a rapper in a group called Organized Rhyme. He came back in 2005 with his rap group, the Keeping it Real Crew. In late 2005, Tom released his first solo rap album, titled Prepare For Impact. He has received offers from such rap artists as Spice 1 and Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boys to appear on his raps.

The show began in September 1994 as a cable access program on Rogers Television 22 in the Ottawa region until 1996. The show would later be picked up by Canada's Comedy Network in 1997 and then MTV in January 1999, where he gained popularity in America. The Tom Green Show was a variety show format, where he would have guests visit the studio and bands play before a live audience. He also had taped segments that typically consisted of stunts played by Green on unsuspecting people. A number of them involved Green's parents, Mary Jane and Richard Green, who consistently appeared to be unamused and occasionally angered by Tom's antics. In a March 2000 episode, Tom brought Monica Lewinsky to their home in Canada in seach of fabric for her new business venture in designing handbags. In a similar vein to his later faux attempt at an on-air marriage to Drew Barrymore on Saturday Night Live, Tom and Monica fooled local reporters with an "important announcement" which turned out to be nothing more than a request for more fabric for Monica's business.

Some of Green's most notable skits include pretending to "hump" a dead moose (referenced by rapper Eminem in The Real Slim Shady), having an X-rated lesbian scene painted on his father's car (labeled the "Slut Mobile"), drinking milk by sucking a cow's udder, and putting a cow head in his parents' bed while they slept because his father was a fan of the Godfather films. Green also hung his own unauthorized piece of art in the National Gallery of Canada (which remained untouched for days), similar to the subsequent exploits of British graffiti artist Banksy, with the added twist of later coming back and vandalizing it to the horror of onlooking patrons. In one segment, Tom went to the press conference of Grey Owl where he serenaded and kissed Pierce Brosnan. Brosnan, thinking Green was a journalist, advised him not to give up his day job. Green also did many segments humiliating his co-host and longtime friend Glenn Humplik; even after the pair had become well-known Humplik continued working at his phone company job, fearing that his entertainment career might not last. Green teased him about this often, and once gave out Humplik's office phone number on the air.

After the show moved to MTV, Green became famous in the United States. This fame soon netted Green roles in several Hollywood movies, including Road Trip, Freddy Got Fingered (which he also directed), and Stealing Harvard. Freddy Got Fingered "won" in five categories at the 2001 Golden Raspberry Awards, given to the worst movies of the year. Green appeared at the ceremony to accept his awards, making him the second recipient to do so in the award's twenty-year history, following Paul Verhoeven for Showgirls in 1995.

He also wrote a song called "Lonely Swedish (The Bum Bum Song)", which he composed during MTV's Spring Break while doing a show on a cruise ship. After airing the music video on his show and appealing to his audience to request it, the song became an instant number one hit on Total Request Live. He quickly called for the video to be retired because "it's not fair to 98 Degrees." Later, in his autobiography, he revealed that MTV had pressured him to do so in order to maintain the image that Total Request Live was, in fact, a live request show (the next week's episodes had been pre-taped on location, and the producers of the show were completely unaware of "The Bum Bum Song" at the time).

Green's increasing fame made it harder for him to ambush people on the streets, leading him to target mostly seniors and non-English speakers. After he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in March 2000, he stopped production on his TV show, but continued to appear on the channel via reruns and other promotional materials. He made a one-hour special on his ordeal with cancer, including graphic footage of his own surgery. The episode received wide critical acclaim for revealing a vulnerable, human side of an otherwise juvenile television personality. In March 2002 he also starred in and directed a one-hour special called The Tom Green Subway Monkey Hour, where he tormented strangers in Japan.

Green has been frequently compared to Wesley Gautier, whose comedic methods are similar.

In July 2000, Tom Green became engaged to actress Drew Barrymore. Green and Barrymore met after Barrymore, who was a fan of Green's show, asked Green to appear in Charlie's Angels which Barrymore starred in and produced.

During the build up to their wedding Green and Barrymore frequently joked with the media about when and where they were going to wed. The most notable incident came on November 18, 2000 when Green hosted Saturday Night Live. During the monologue, Green brought Barrymore on stage and teased the audience about the couple marrying at the end of the episode. Ultimately, the stage was set for a wedding before Barrymore in the end, got "cold feet." The SNL incident initially left viewers and the media confused about whether the couple had actually planned to marry on live TV, or were simply staging a publicity stunt. Eventually, Green also went on The Tonight Show to toy with the public once again, this time claiming that his bride might be pregnant.

On February 18, 2001, there was a housefire at the residence of Green and Barrymore. Their dog Flossie woke them around 3:30 a.m. when she barked and "literally banged on their bedroom door." Firefighters estimated damage at $700,000 in the two-story, 3,500 square foot (325 m²) home located north of Beverly Hills. The incident was soon spoofed on Saturday Night Live with guest host Katie Holmes playing Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon playing Tom Green.

Green and Barrymore married on July 7, 2001, but filed for divorce on December 17, 2001, citing irreconcilable differences. Their divorce became official on October 15, 2002. Some speculate that the marriage failed because Green wished to settle down and begin raising a family while Barrymore still had a high profile film career to maintain and still wanted to go out with her friends and have fun.

According to some tabloid reports Green grew annoyed by Barrymore's increasingly neurotic behavior in private. On October 13, 2001, Drew Barrymore hosted Saturday Night Live and Tom Green appeared in the audience wearing a gas mask. The episode came just a month after the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York City, where SNL is produced. Reportedly, Barrymore was already anxious about flying to New York. When news broke that NBC's Rockefeller Center studios where they were rehearsing had received a package containing anthrax, Barrymore fled the set in tears, vowing not to return.

Green would later claim that, at their wedding, most of Barrymore's show business friends (among them, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, Courtney Love, and Molly Shannon) paid no attention to Green's own friends and family since they "weren't famous." Drew Barrymore appeared in her then-husband's infamous 2001 film Freddy Got Fingered.

In 2003, Green returned with a nightly talk show on MTV called The New Tom Green Show. Although the show had its own quirks (including a regular segment where Humplick was sent to sleep in various uncomfortable places) it was more of a conventional talk show and generally less confrontational than Green's earlier work. It started with strong ratings and was a hit with many critics, and Green was compared in print to a young Johnny Carson or David Letterman. Nevertheless, it was abruptly cancelled by MTV a few months after its premiere due to MTV deciding that wasn't the direction they wanted to go in.

In recent years, Green has tried to put some of his more controversial material behind him and become a more mainstream entertainer. Currently, Green is a recurring contributor to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno; he has done many segments where he travels across America looking for "interesting people", typically bringing the most colorful person with him back to the studio. In these segments, the focus is more on the odd behavior of the interviewees, with Green generally playing the straight man. Green has also attempted to build on his teen and child audience with more wholesome material. In 2005, Green starred in a children's TV movie, Bob the Butler, and he has made guest appearances on various kid shows. Green has one film scheduled for release in 2006. Furthermore, Green is editing a new film which he also directed and starred in tentatively titled Prankstar. No further details about the film have yet been released.

In 2003, Green visited troops in Kosovo on a USO tour. He visited troops in the Persian Gulf on a 2004 tour.

Tom Green's autobiography, titled Hollywood Causes Cancer (ISBN 1-4000-5277-7), co-written with Allen Rucker, was released on October 12, 2004. He also maintains a blog on his official website.

Green has acted as host for a variety of special events, including the 2005 Canada's Walk of Fame induction ceremony, the Canadian Live 8 concert, and the 2005 CASBY Awards. Also, in early 2006, Green appeared in several commercials for the Canadian Cable Public Affairs Channel promoting both the channel and for voters to vote in the forthcoming federal elections which took place on January 23, 2006.

On December 6, 2005 Green released his second solo album Prepare For Impact, his first being Not The Green Tom Show released in 1998, as his alter-ego MC Face.

Although he has kept busy, Green's career is currently in something of a fallow period. A recent Simpsons gag had Krusty the Klown considering taking Green on as a co-host, because "he's not doing anything." Green has also been struggling with his weight, something he jokes about in his talk show appearances.

On August 3rd 2006, Tom appeared on America's Got Talent. He rode a skateboard through a flaming hoop and appeared to be on fire for a few seconds and put out with extinguishers. It was confirmed on the August 3rd episode of Tom Green Live that it was a stuntman, not Green, that did the stunt. The show contained a behind the scenes look on how the stunt was done. On the first season finale of America's Got Talent, there was an unaired segment that was scheduled to appear after singers Ally and AJ. The segment featured Tom Green dressing in a Parrot costume, and "squalking" with a live parrot, to communicate "telepathically". Green than proceded to fly up above the audience, and shot confetti streamers out of his costume onto the crowd below. This occurred at a taping at 3:30 P.M. PST.

He even appeared on GSN's I've Got a Secret, where he revealed his secret of his pet bird being able to clean his master's (Tom Green's) teeth.

On June 5, 2006, ManiaTV.com announced they had signed Green to host a live call-in show for their website called Tom Green Live. The show takes place in his own living room in the Hollywood Hills overlooking the San Fernando Valley. He has been signed to do 32 episodes starting on June 15 at 11 p.m. EST. The show airs every Monday - Thursday night (and also whenever Tom feels like going on the air, such as Monday Funday and Freestyle Fridays), with re-runs playing throughout the week, including original Tom Green Show footage. Tom will occasionally cancel shows before they are scheduled to end as well, such as when a caller mentioned Tom's one testicle and hairloss, and claimed his career was ailing. People often call into the show to make pranks. Guests on the show have included skateboarder Tony Hawk, stuntman Steve-O, former TRL host and talk show host Carson Daly, guitarist Dave Navarro, actor Crispin Glover, Digg.com founder Kevin Rose, and comedic musician "Weird Al" Yankovic. For lack of an established term, Tom often refers to his live streaming broadcast as "Web-o-vision". He also jokingly says he is broadcasting to "the national Internet".

Tom Green Live is seeing early ratings success, with some shows beating TV network Fuse in total number of viewers. With viewers in 90 countries and more than double the amount of viewers than The Late Show with David Letterman.[citation needed]

Also featured on TomGreen.com is a section titled "Deputy Blogs" devoted to a group of people Tom has "deputized". Each deputy is given a page on the site to post personal videos. He has also assigned his friend, Jack Cooper, to the position of "The Sheriff". The Sheriff gives the deputies assignments; videos of themselves performing certain tasks. An example of this was Assignment #1 when all deputies were to go to a neighbor's house at exactly 11 pm eastern time and film themselves trying to get the neighbor to tune into Tom Green LIVE. High quality videos have a chance of being aired on Tom's show. Deputies that have been given air time on the show include: Corey Mixter from Michigan, Don Sibley from Sydney, Australia, Zack Scott from Oklahoma, Macht Smith from London, England, and Einar Kuusk from Estonia.

Filmography

* The Chicken Tree (1998)
* Clutch (1998)
* Superstar (1999)
* Road Trip (2000)
* Charlie's Angels (2000)
* Freddy Got Fingered (2001)
* Stealing Harvard (2002)
* The True Meaning of Christmas Specials (2002)
* Grind (2003)
* Bob the Butler (2005)

* Tom stands 6' 3" (191cm) tall.
* Tom is a skilled skateboarder, and is close friends with professional skater Tony Hawk.
* Tom can execute a perfect barrel roll, and does often to deflect enemy lazors
* He is fluent in French.
* He was permanently banned from the Open Mike with Mike Bullard show after he made host Mike Bullard puke from showing him roadkill (aka. Rocky the Raccoon)

Tom Green Show 2009 Campaign

* Three of Tom Green's Deputies, The Three Amigos from Pittsburgh (Eric Politowski, Richie Stark, and Joey Politowski), have started an online petition which will be sent to NBC Studios in the year 2009 to persuade the producers to give Tom Green a slot on NBC Late Night air. In 2009, when Jay Leno retires, Conan O'Brien replaces Jay's time slot, leaving an open slot. They believe that Tom Green would be perfectly suitable for this job, and the Petition is located at www.tomgreenshow2009.com. Tom Green is well aware of the on-going campaign and is supportive as his dream is to have a late night talk show. The Petition has currently collected over 1,700 signatures in the database. The official Myspace page of this petition and campaign is www.myspace.com/tomgreenshow2009.

"Legendary signatures" of this Petition include

* Andy Milonakis
* Andy Dick
* Christa Campbell
* Christopher McDonald
* Howard Stern
* DJ Cheeba
* DJ Ready Red
* Dick Green (Tom's father)
* Joe Green (Tom's brother)
* Nirvan Mullick
* Zack Wolk
* Darren Martinez

Albums

* Huh? Stiffenin' Against The Wall (1992) As member of rap trio Organized Rhyme
* Not The Green Tom Show (1998) Performed as MC Face
* Prepare For Impact (2005)

Singles

* "Lonely Swedish (The Bum Bum Song)" (1999)Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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