Over the course of his career, you could call Tom Green more than a few "un" words: Unhinged. Unusual. Unconventional. Unpredictable.
But when it comes to the talk show host, actor and stand-up comedian, one "un" word you can't use to describe him is "unmotivated."
"The hardest part (of show business) is finding what you want to do, doing what you want to do and never quitting," Green says.
Since he first appeared on TV screens with his mold-breaking variety show on public access television in his native Canada, Green, 43, has been making people laugh behind the desk and on the stage thanks to his relentless drive and ability to push boundaries. Before he makes his second appearance in Lexington to perform this weekend at Comedy Off Broadway, we thought we'd share a few fun facts about Green at this point in his career.
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His new talk show could revolutionize the format
Just like his popular MTV talk show, anytime Green gets behind a desk, expect the unexpected.
While you may have seen him more recently during his show Tom Green Live on AXS TV, where he did in-depth, one-on-one interviews with celebrities ranging from comedic actors Steve Carell and Bob Sagat to news anchor Dan Rather and astronaut Buzz Aldrin, he relaunched Tom Green's Webo-vision online talk show this year.
When it debuted in 2010, it was one of the first live interactive talk shows on the Internet. In its current incarnation, the show has a DIY, work-in-progress feel where viewers can watch the show live on Tomgreen.com or YouTube and call in to ask Green or his celebrity guests questions via Skype on what he calls this "anarchy-type of environment that I created."
Green has always been ahead of the curve online, interacting with his fans in the early '00s through blogging before social media was commonplace. He believes this format has the potential to be the new normal for talk shows.
"I've always looked outside the box for what is available to me personally and taken advantage of those opportunities," he says. "This is the direction I'm going to go. This is happening right now and it's working."
He's back on the big screen ... and this time, he's serious.
While some may remember Green as the guy who nearly ingested a live mouse in Old School or played piano with meat attached to his hands on Freddie Got Fingered, Green's next foray in movies finds him going out of character by playing...well, an actual character.
Green plays a psychiatrist in the upcoming independent horror film Bethany, which also stars Stephanie Estes, Zack Ward and Shannen Doherty.
A chance meeting with the film's director, 23-year-old James Cullen Gressack, went well and once again allowed Green to try something different.
"When I was in my 20s, I just wanted to smash the conventional method of filming," he said. "This allowed me to stretch the limits of what I do."
Stand-up comedy is Green's new drug of choice
While most people know Green from The Tom Green Show and his various acting roles, his first taste of comedy came when he began doing stand-up at age 15.
Green got reacquainted with the thrills of stand-up comedy later in his career and now, he can barely stop.
"If I'm not on the road for two weeks, I start to get a little antsy," he says.
Green has been going strong performing for the past seven years. While that is a relatively short amount of time compared to other comedians with decades of stage experience, Green says his incredibly busy stand-up schedule has taken him all over the world and sped up his maturity as a comic.
"I think it makes it seem like I'm kind of new to this, which is pretty inaccurate," he says. "In the last six or seven years doing stand-up, I've probably done the amount of stand-up most people do in 20 years."
Green says his comedy has surprisingly serious undertones to it (a lot of material comes from his personal life and people's increasing addiction to technology) but it's Green and it's delivered with a high level of energy, crowd interaction and overall spontaneity that will shock those in attendance.
"It's not just a show, it's a performance. It's like a rock concert," he says. "I intend to surprise people with it and that's my goal."