- Tom Green is at the Rivercenter Comedy Club this week on Monday, June 29.
Update: June 28, 2015, 3:07 p.m.
Tom Green and River Center Comedy club announced today that his show has been rescheduled until September.
@SAcurrent So sorry this show has been rescheduled. Back in September!!— Tom Green (@tomgreenlive) June 28, 2015
Since breaking out in the U.S. in the late 90s with MTV’s The Tom Green Show, which lasted three seasons and featured the titular host perform a series of controversial pranks, Canadian man-child Tom Green, 43, has experimented with a number of talk show formats over the years and has also found his way back to his stand-up roots.
Aside from performing around the world, Green is busy producing his own internet TV talk show series Webovision and hosting a weekly podcast on TomGreen.com. Green will make his stand-up debut in San Antonio at the River Center Comedy Club on June 29.
He talked with the San Antonio Current last week about his return to the stage, what fans can expect from his stand-up show, and explains what a movie like Freddy Got Fingered was intended to do for the comedy genre.
Do you remember the last time you were in San Antonio?
It’s been a few years. I’ve never done stand-up in San Antonio, so that’s exciting for me. I was in San Antonio a few years ago when I was working with The Tonight Show and we did some filming there. I really like San Antonio a lot. I love the River Walk. I remember we stayed at one of those beautiful, old hotels that’s supposedly haunted. I can’t wait to get back to Texas and perform.
You returned to stand-up in 2010 after being away from it for a while to pursue other things, but it’s where you started your career back in the 80s as a teenager. What was it about getting back on the stage five years ago that attracted you the most?
Well, I started doing an internet TV show a few years back and it generated such a huge following. People started asking me to come to their city. It occurred to me that it would be a great time to do stand-up again. It’s something I was always meaning to get back to. As you get older, you start to get more opinionated about things. Stand-up is definitely a great forum for opinions. I’m excited to be doing it again. It’s been amazing. I started touring again about six years ago and have just been on the road traveling and having fun with people all around the world.
You’ve been performing for live audiences in some manner your entire career. Has that made the transition back to stand-up easier? Do you find it similar in any way to what you did before?
You know, I didn’t realize it was going to be as smooth of a transition as it was. I have such great fans that have fond memories of my old show on MTV and some of my films like Road Trip and Freddy Got Fingered. I’ve spent a lot of my time focusing on writing and coming up with new ideas for my stand-up. It’s been great.
Over these last five years, do you feel like you’ve found your voice as a stand-up comedian? A lot of stand-ups I’ve interviewed in the past tell me it might take 20 years before they know what kind of comedian they are on stage.
Well, I consider that I’ve been doing comedy for 25 years already, so I think I’ve found my point of view a long time ago as a writer. I started doing stand-up when I was 15 years old and stopped for a while to do TV and write movies. I’ve basically been developing my comedy my whole life. There’s no question I have a very strong point of view. People can expect to see a very polished, hilarious, incredible show. People are literally going to come out laughing harder than they’ve ever laughed in their entire lives. We’re going to have a blast.
I really enjoyed what you did on Tom Green Live on AXS TV. Were you disappointed the show wasn’t renewed for a fourth season?
You know, it was really exciting to work with AXS TV. I’m still working with them, actually. We’re developing other projects. It’s a great network that has gotten behind me and supported me. We have a new idea we’re working on. I still have a great relationship with them.
What’s Mark Cuban like as a boss?
He’s a great boss. He’s been really supportive of me. He’s a great guy. I love Mark Cuban. He’s the coolest.
I have a friend who is convinced that Freddy Got Fingered was you doing a performance art piece. How close is that to being true?
Call it what you want, but it was obviously an out-of-the-box performance. It definitely has a cult following now. It really took off and found a huge audience. I always try to do things that are different and unconventional. On my Webovision show I’m trying to reinvent the way television is made. Freddy Got Fingered was definitely meant to sort of destroying the conventional way of making the modern Hollywood comedy. I love the term “performance art.” That’s what it is, right?
Do you consider your new internet TV show unconventional?
Yeah, I think it’s ahead of the curve. It’s a lot more complicated to do an online television show than it is to do a podcast. I have a podcast, too, actually. The online show is not in the mainstream yet, but it’s something I want people to check out now before everyone starts doing this sort of thing.
Speaking of being ahead of the curve, you started TomGreen.com back in 1996, which was fairly early for a celebrity to be promoting themselves on the internet. Do you feel like you were a groundbreaker in that aspect? Is it something you still embrace now that everyone is online and there are so many platforms?
I think it’s a very exciting time. We’re in a world where people can go directly to their fans. As a stand-up comedian now, it’s really beneficial to me to be able to engage with my audience online. Basically I’m building my own internet television network. Now is the time to embrace it.
$20.00, 7pm June 29, Rivercenter Comedy Club, 849 E Commerce, (210) 229-1420, rivercentercomedyclub.com.