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Hot Entertainment: Tom Green Chats to Us About Comedy and Canada

Tom Green

Tom Green is no stranger to Vancouver, having filmed Freddy Got Fingered and Bob the Butler here, so he’s looking forward to spending a few days in the city this winter and perhaps snowboarding in Whistler. “It’s going to be a party!” he says by phone from his home in LA—a place he rarely sees, ever since embarking on an “ongoing and never-ending tour” a few years ago. The tour has taken him all over Canada and the US and to countries as far flung as Australia and Afghanistan. “It’s not officially a tour anymore,” he says with a laugh, “but I love it.”

While growing up, Green moved around a lot, thanks to his father’s job in the Canadian military. Green was the class clown, a hyper kid who “didn’t want to have to get a real job.” Watching funny Canadian folks such as Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, John Candy and Dan Aykroyd, he realized “wow, you can make a living acting silly and goofy.” Though he became known for over-the-top antics such as drinking milk directly from a cow’s teat, Green’s comedy has matured and his stand-up act now comments on “the absurdity of the world we’re living in.” He hopes to “open up the audience’s mind a little bit.”

Catch his act at Yuk Yuk’s (Jan. 24 to 26), look for his guest appearances on the TV show Seed and the upcoming Trailer Park Boys movie, and check out his YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/tomgreen.—Sheri Radford

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