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Tom Green started his comedic legacy years ago with such classics as his MTV show titled the Tom Green Show, various movies such as Freddy Got Fingered and Road Trip, and songs like the Bum Bum Song. Now he is back with a new fire for laughs as he continues with his World Stand-up Comedy Tour. Traveling to major cities all throughout the world, Tom has been on tour for two years now with many more shows in the works.
Catch up with Tom as he prepares for his upcoming shows in Burbank, CA at Flappers Comedy Club.
You have a show on July 7th and one on July 17th and Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank, CA. What can viewers expect from your show?
Viewers can expect some huge laughs. My shows are like a PARTY. I tell crazy jokes and crazy stories and just try to have a good time celebrating with everyone.
With a new website, comedy tour, and TV show, it seems like you have a whole new wave of pizazz and energy. What inspired you to take on so many new things and attack the world with your comedy?
It all started with my internet show, the Tom Green Channel. I was broadcasting around the world and getting so much positive feedback that it inspired me to go to every city and visit the people personally. It is interesting that if you focus on positive energy and chase after it, good things happen. I knew there was an audience out there and I always wanted to do stand-up. I have been having such a great time!
What do you do to prepare for a show? How do you come up with your routine?
I always try to find new, ridiculous topics that I have not yet talked about. I am always taking notes and testing out new ideas. I find the process really fun and the longer you do it, the better your gauge is for what makes a good joke. It really is an excitingly creative journey.
How would you describe the mission of your comedy? What about your shows are different from the rest of the comedic population?
I am trying to do a couple of things that you do not always see combined. I have a silly slapstick type show but I also talk about a lot of social issues. I love to critiquing and analyze the world that we live in. For example, are we really supposed to be addicted to Facebook? Are we supposed to be spending more time texting than actually talking to each other? I am very silly and I address social issues in a lighthearted way that it is very fun for the audience.
What has been your fondest memory of your comedy tour thus far?
I have had many great memories, but going to Australia was definitely a highlight. I had never been there before and sitting by the Sydney Opera House, eating oysters was an amazing time. I also met so many cool people.
Another great memory was the recent comedy show I did for the troops in Afghanistan. This was an extremely rewarding experience and I feel lucky to have seen a part of the world that most people never see.
What city do you get most excited to perform at?
BURBANK. But I actually do not have a favorite city. I love traveling to new places and I feel lucky to have loyal audiences throughout the world.
What is the most challenging thing about being on tour?
Traveling can be exhausting, but that is why it is so important to pace yourself. Don’t go out and get drunk every night! I like to think that being on tour is like running a marathon. However, it really has become a passion of mine and is something I love doing that I can’t see myself stopping any time soon. Being on stage is such an addiction. I make sure to get some sleep and stay physically healthy. My performances require a lot of positive energy but that it is a great excuse for me to practice staying in a good mood. On days I am tired, I just learn to ignore it.
What do you hope to see happen with the Tom Green Channel in the next few years?
I am not sure to be honest. I recently transitioned from doing the online show to the stand-up tour and I am having so much fun with stand-up right now. I guess I am going with the flow for the most part and just doing what I love.
Are you planning any movies for the near future?
Yes, definitely. I am working on a couple right now but we are in the early stages.