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Tom Green biography

Date of birth : 1971-07-30
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Pembroke, Ontario, Canda
Nationality : Canadian
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2010-07-30
Credited as : Actor comedian, Host of TV's Tom Green Show, screenwriter and singer

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Tom Green, born July 30, 1971 in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada is a Canadian TV host, Actor, Director, Musician, Radio host, Screenwriter, Singer, Stand-up comedian.

A lanky, bearded comedian famous for his envelope-pushing man on the street stunts, comic TV host and sometime actor Tom Green began honing his oddball humor on a local call-in radio show. From there this former comedy rapper discovered the power of community public access television, where "The Tom Green Show" reigned on Ottawa's Rogers community cable 22 for three years beginning in 1994. Green became something of a cult hero and drummed up enough local interest that national channel The Comedy Network took notice and picked up the series for Canada-wide broadcast. Pranks like painting his parents' house plaid while they were on vacation, depositing the severed head of a cow in their bed as they slept, and acting the part of an all-out nuisance to the unsuspecting general public entertained audiences and earned celebrity status for two successful seasons on the Canadian cable channel for the show's namesake host and mastermind.

In 1998, MTV took notice and paved the way for Green's nationwide US debut. Selected to bring his inane humor to MTV, he filled the void left by animated anti-heroes "Beavis & Butthead" and had amassed a large and loyal audience soon after the show's January 1999 debut. With fans came detractors, not surprising considering that featured stunts, including interviewing pedestrians with an excrement smeared microphone and launching cups full of exotic cockroaches tied to helium balloons over his studio audience, proved that Green's humor wasn't for everyone. A young man with a strange speaking cadence that inappropriately stressed and lingered on inconsequential words, and an even stranger sense of humor, Green had an odd appeal that drew even those outside the 13 to 21 male demographic into his fold. His undeniable talent for charming people and catching them unawares was only surpassed by his eager willingness to humiliate himself beyond all reason for a laugh. People fell into Green's set-ups and went along with his jokes not because he was lucky in finding extremely gullible participants but because he had a remarkable talent for disarming people. Green, a devout fan of David Letterman, emulated his hero's shtick by basically replicating Letterman's now practically nonexistent forays out of the studio, taken more than a few steps beyond reason.

In 2000 Green was diagnosed with testicular cancer and underwent treatment that included the removal of one of his testicles and a section of afflicted lymph tissue. The severity of the surgery led Green to come clean about his affliction. His skewed sense of humor reminded people of Andy Kaufman, who had recently been profiled in the 1999 feature "Man on the Moon". This and the sensitive location of his cancer left many hesitant to believe that his admission was honest and not just another joke taken too far. Determined to make the best of his second chance at life, Green started the Tom Green's Nuts Cancer Fund to aid similarly stricken men and taped "The Tom Green Cancer Special" which included a documented chronicle of his operation and a public service announcement in the form of a catchy folk song encouraging scrotal self-examination.

In the midst of this illness-related media saturation, Green had a movie to promote, the crass college comedy "Road Trip" (2000). He took a supporting role as the narrator of the film and tour guide to the fictional University of Ithaca and was given the unique opportunity to play a scene wherein he places a live mouse in his mouth. In keeping with Green's brand of comedy, the mouse defecated while in his mouth, excellent fodder for both the film's trailer and subsequent promotional interviews surrounding "Road Trip"'s release. Having played it safe with a small and amusing role, Green had no worries that the film would have any significant negative effect on his career. When audiences and several critics applauded the somewhat tasteless but genuinely funny film, it was merely affirmation of an already flourishing professional and personal life.

This auspicious start soon took a downward turn with the 2001 release of "Freddy Got Fingered." Starring, written and directed by Green it received a tremendous amount of coverage in the press, mostly for being horribly unfunny and way beyond the limits of tastelessness. It received a fair amount of cult following for being so incredibly bad and some supporters said Green was being unfairly pummelled by an eager media looking for a scapegoat to use as the definitive end of the so-called "gross-out" flicks. Either way, Green's repuation was hurt by this flop and to add to his troubles, his marriage with Drew Barrymore had fallen apart. Redemption was not out of the question, however, as Green came back to star in the comedy "Stealing Harvard" with Jason Lee in 2002.

CHRONOLOGY

* 1978 At age seven, family settled in Ottawa (date approximate)
* 1983 Won a school speech competition in grade six (date approximate)
* 1987 Began working as a stand-up comedian at age 15
* 1990 Hosted the radio program Rap Show , a community college radio show that started out as a rap music program and evolved into a comedy call-in show
* 1992 After signing to A&M and scoring a Juno (Canada s equivalent of the Grammy) nomination, Organized Rhyme disbanded
* 1993 Returned to the radio, changing the format from Rap Show to the comedy talk program The Midnight Caller
* 1994 Debuted The Tom Green Show on Rogers community cable, an Ottawa public access channel where it ran for three years
* 1995 The Tom Green Show aired in a shortened half-hour format in NYC on the public access Manhattan Neighborhood Network
* 1998 Brought out the rotting carcasses of a long dead raccoon and squirrel while appearing as a guest on the Canadian talk show Open Mike (also on The Comedy Network), causing host Mike Bullard to leave the set and a public outcry against Green s shock comic persona
* 1998 Had a cameo in the Canadian independent film Clutch
* 1998 The popular local series was picked up by Canada s The Comedy Network, where it aired nationally for two seasons
* 1999 Had a cameo in the film Superstar , produced by Lorne Michaels and directed by Kids in the Hall alum Bruce McCulloch
* 1999 Landed a sponsorship deal with Pepsi One
* 1999 The Tom Green Show aired on MTV
* 2000 Four days after surgery to remove a cancerous testicle, accompanied girlfriend Drew Barrymore to the Academy Awards
* 2001 With Derek Harvie, co-wrote the screen comedy Freddie Got Fingered ; also starred and made feature directorial debut
* 2002 Acted in Stealing Harvard
* 2002 Headlined the MTV special Tom Green s Subway Monkey Hour
* 2003 Returned to MTV with the all-new talk show The New Tom Green Show.
* 2004 Hosted the Fifth Annual Golden Trailer Awards show
* 2006 Will host Tom Green Live a weekly call-in show on the web at ManiaTV.com live from his living room in the Hollywood Hills
* Was part of the absurdist comedy rap trio Organized Rhyme
* Was virtually an army brat, living all across Canada

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