Interview: Tom Green

By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 3, 2010

In any part of your act — television, movies, stand-up — what's off limits for you? Do you have to keep some things sacred?
I don't like to ever have rules — I like to break rules. But I do try and cover different aspects of my life and styles. There's a very physical side to my show, and there's social commentary, but the best answer is that I've more or less stayed away from being in the political arena. My show is political, but as far as that right-versus-left and Democrat-versus-Republican, that Fox-News-versus-CNN dialogue — I stay out of that.

How do you describe Tom Green the stand-up comic to people who know you only from your movies and television shows?
This is the first time I've ever done comedy as a full-time thing, and it's a more traditional stand-up set than some might be expecting from me. I did stand-up for a few years when I was about 15 back in Canada, but I stopped doing it when I started my public-access show. That's how I ended up on MTV, but I've always wanted to go back and devote the time to doing it right. I really don't think it's just for fans of my shows and movies, either — even just fans of stand-up comedy could come out and enjoy this.

Tom Green is at the Wilbur Theatre September 10

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