Tom Green, 2006
|Born||Michael Thomas Green
July 30, 1971
Pembroke, Ontario, Canada
Michael Thomas "Tom" Green (born July 30, 1971) is a Canadian actor, rapper, writer, comedian and media personality. He is best-known for his MTV television show The Tom Green Show and playing in roles in such films as Freddy Got Fingered, Road Trip, Stealing Harvard and Charlie's Angels. He currently hosts his internet talk show Tom Green's House Tonight from his living room and as of January 2010 has started performing stand-up comedy on his world tour.
Green was born in Pembroke, Ontario, the son of Mary Jane, a communications consultant, and Richard Green, a computer systems analyst and retired army captain. He grew up on a Canadian Army base and later lived in suburban Gloucester, Ontario were he attended Colonel By Secondary School. During his mid-teens Green performed stand up comedy at local clubs.
In the early 1990s, Green had a short-lived career as a rapper in a group called Organized Rhyme. The single Check The O.R. were nominated for a Juno Award in 1993 for Best Rap Recording and won the MuchVibe Best Rap Video award in 1992. In 1998, Not The Green Tom Show was released in 1998, as Green's alter-ego MC Face. He came back in 2005 with his rap group, The Keeping it Real Crew, featuring DJ EZ Mike of the Dust Brothers where they did two Canadian live tours (June 2005 and January 2006). On December 6, 2005 Green released his second solo album in Canada entitled Prepare For Impact, which came with a bonus DVD that included footage from his live tour.
He has received offers from such rap artists as Spice 1 and Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boys to appear on his raps. He has performed with Too Short, Flava Flav, Grand Buffet, Mickey Avalon, People Under the Stairs, Xzibit, and other popular rap artists on his Tom Green Live show. In early 2008, a second solo rap album titled Basement Jams was released in download only format. On his website, Green has stated intentions of releasing a new rap album in 2010.
While attending Algonquin College, Green hosted an over-night call-in show on the University of Ottawa's campus radio station, CHUO. The show, originally a rap music show, was followed by an electronic music show hosted by Glenn Humplik. Through the proximity of their shows, Tom and Glenn met and became friends, based on a common love of zany antics. Tom's radio show soon shifted formats to a call-in show (upon the discovery of how to operate the studio's call-in lines) and the two joined forces to host The Midnight Caller Show. The basic format of The Midnight Caller was to have listeners call-in with Tom and Glenn making fun of them (or "razzing" them) and soon after hanging-up on them. The show's novelty and originality made it an underground hit in the Ottawa area.
The first incarnation of The Tom Green 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 in Canada by The Comedy Network in 1997 and then MTV in January 1999, where he gained popularity in the United States. 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 unamused and occasionally angered by Tom's antics.
As an example of his audacity, in a March 2000 episode, Tom brought Monica Lewinsky to his parents' home in Canada to search for 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 Lewinsky's handbags.
Some of Green's most notable skits include pretending to "hump" a dead moose, having an X-rated lesbian scene painted on his father's car (labeled the "Slut Mobile"), drinking milk by sucking on a cow's teat, 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, Green 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.
Green's increasing fame made it harder for him to ambush people on the streets, leading him to target mostly senior citizens and non-English speakers. After he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in March 2000, he stopped production on his TV show, but he 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.
Although it was Green's cancer that caused The Tom Green Show to cease production, a frequent rumor says that the show was cancelled because of an alleged segment where Green shows up at a bar mitzvah, or another Jewish event, dressed as Adolf Hitler. Green, however, has repeatedly denied that such a segment exists, and there is no evidence to suggest otherwise. He mentions the rumor in his 2004 autobiography, Hollywood Causes Cancer, stating that it apparently started when some Boston teenagers were caught videotaping themselves performing a similar stunt and, when asked by security, they used the name "Tom Green." Green says, "I would never do a mean-spirited, anti-Semitic joke like that - it's both abhorrent and not funny...To this day I still get asked about it, and it's annoying. So again, for the record, it didn't happen. There is nobody on this planet that has ever seen this bit on tape because it does not exist. If it did exist, it would have certainly reared its ugly, hateful head on the Internet by now. But it won't, because it doesn't exist. I've never put on a Hitler costume. In fact, I've never even been to a Bar Mitzvah."
In 2002, Green starred in and directed a one-hour special called The Tom Green Subway Monkey Hour, where he tormented strangers in Japan.
In 2003, he also had a nightly talk show, The New Tom Green Show, in the style of Johnny Carson, at midnight on MTV. The show lasted several months, and was similar to his later Tom Green Live format. Jesse James Dupree, the frontman of the Southern rock band Jackyl, made the ill-advised decision to take a chainsaw to Tom Green’s new desk when he appeared on Green’s short-lived MTV talk show in 2003. The unplanned stunt clearly irritated Green and he made no attempt to hide his displeasure. He eventually began his planned musical performance (himself on drums and Dupree on guitar) but continued to verbally spar with Dupree for a short period before abandoning the drums mid-song in apparent disgust and walking off stage. Later on in the evening, he again insulted the band by holding up Jackyl's most recent album and advising viewers to "check it out if you like music that was cool fifteen years ago" and then proceeded to smash it with a hammer.
After the show moved to MTV, Green gained fame in the United States. This fame soon netted Green roles in several Hollywood movies, including Road Trip, Charlie's Angels, 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 the first performer to do so in the award's twenty-year history, and the second recipient to do so following director Paul Verhoeven for Showgirls in 1995. Green arrived at the awards ceremony in a white Cadillac, wearing a tuxedo and rolled out his own red carpet. After accepting the awards, Green stated "When we set out to make this film we wanted to win a Razzie, so this is a dream come true for me".
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).
In recent years, Green has tried to put some of his more controversial material behind him and become a more mainstream entertainer. During the Leno era of the Tonight Show, Green was 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 colourful 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 attempted to build 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's shows.
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 encouraging voters to participate in the forthcoming federal elections, which took place on January 23, 2006.
On August 3, 2006, Green appeared on America's Got Talent. He rode a skateboard through a flaming hoop, appeared to be on fire for a few seconds, and was put out with extinguishers. It was confirmed on the August 3 episode of Tom Green Live that it was a stunt man, 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 Aly and AJ. The segment featured Tom Green dressing in a parrot costume, and squawking with a live parrot, to communicate "telepathically." Green then proceeded to fly up above the audience, and shot confetti streamers out of his costume onto the crowd below.
In April 2008 it was announced that Tom Green would be hosting a game show on the Discovery Planet Green television network. The show is titled Go For The Green! (formerly titled Green's Got Game) and premiered during the fourth quarter of 2008.
Green has made several appearances as a celebrity contestant on the ABC reality game show Wanna Bet?, including the show's premiere episode in July 2008.
Green was a celebrity contestant on the 2009 season of The Apprentice, which premiered in January 2009. Throughout the season, each celebrity raised money for a charity of their choice; Green selected the Butch Walts and Donald Skinner Urologic Cancer Research Foundation. Green was fired on the March 15 2009 episode.
On August 4, 2009, Green made an appearance on the American version of Hell's Kitchen as a celebrity guest diner.
On June 5, 2006, ManiaTV.com announced they had formed a partnership with Green to host a live talk show from his own living room in the Hollywood Hills overlooking the San Fernando Valley. The first show aired live on June 15, 2006 at 11pm EST and was originally called Tom Green Live. In January 2008, shortly after Green's split from ManiaTV the show was renamed Tom Green's House Tonight. The shows are broadcast live at TomGreen.com. A pared-down version would later broadcast on The Comedy Network, until Green stopped syndicating the show to television.
Guests on the show have included stars such as Adam Carolla, Val Kilmer, Thora Birch, Pamela Anderson, hip-hop artists Blackalicious and Xzibit, skateboarder Tony Hawk, stunt man Steve-O, former TRL host and talk show host Carson Daly, guitarist Dave Navarro, actor Crispin Glover, Digg.com founder Kevin Rose, comedic musician "Weird Al" Yankovic, as well as comedians Neil Hamburger, Andrew Dice Clay, Joe Rogan, and Andy Dick. Due to 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", despite the show having a worldwide audience.
Production of Tom Green's House Tonight resumed following his firing from The Apprentice on March 15, 2009. During the following episodes, Green complained of feeling unwell and having a sore throat as the result of a recurring bout of strep throat. On March 19, 2009 Green told viewers that doctors had in fact discovered a small tumor inside his throat and he had undergone surgery to remove it earlier that day. Green has since recovered and the tumor was found to be benign.
On numerous interviews, Green has stated that he started doing standup comedy at the age of 15 but stopped after he started his public access show. Green said that going back to standup comedy was something he always wanted to do.
In September 2009, Green performed several standup comedy shows in Los Angeles, and later appeared at a MySpace secret stand-up event in New York. On November 10, 2009, Green announced his first ever world stand-up comedy tour and as of January 2010, Green has been touring the world along with comedian Shawn Halpin going to countries such as Canada, USA, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Australia and more.
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 the American television show 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 house fire at the residence shared by 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 at 9500 Cherokee Lane. The incident was soon spoofed on Saturday Night Live with guest host Katie Holmes playing Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon playing Tom Green.
Barrymore appeared in her then-fiance's infamous 2001 film Freddy Got Fingered. Green and Barrymore married on July 7, 2001.
On October 13, 2001, 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. Barrymore and Green filed for divorce on December 17, 2001, citing irreconcilable differences. Their divorce became official on October 15, 2002.
|1998||The Chicken Tree||Bus Driver|
|2000||Road Trip||Barry Manilow|
|2001||Freddy Got Fingered||Gordy Brody|
|2002||Stealing Harvard||Walter P. 'Duff' Duffy|
|2003||Grind||Colorado Skate Shop Owner|
|2005||Bob the Butler||Bob Tree|
|Freezer Burn: The Invasion of Laxdale||Bill Swanson|
|Sweet Baby Jesus||Joe|
|2005||Prepare For Impact|
|1998||Not The Green Tom Show|
|1992||Huh? Stiffenin Against The Wall|
|1999||"Lonely Swedish (The Bum Bum Song)"|
|2005||"I'm an Idiot"|