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Tom Green blending rap and comedy in Snow Jam Tour

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Comedian Tom Green distills the essence of a 30 year manic career including rap, prank comedy and stand up comedy into  “Tom Green’s Snow Jam Comedy and  Hip Hop Tour, which comes to Studio, Feb. 18.
“I’m super excited about this show,” said Green, who is excited to snowboard, as he has lined up several B.C. shows within easy reach of ski hills.Comedian Tom Green comes to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Neil Visel

“We have shows around Whistler and in the interior of B.C. and we‘re going to  do something special during them. We‘re going to give out  secret locations so you can come and snowboard with us,” said the Ottawa born Green, who has called Los Angeles home for the past 17 years.

“I like it a lot. It is a really creative city. I have a lot of great friends there. It is a great place for stand up comedy,” he said.

 Green , who began his entertainment a career in the early ’90s as a rapper, was  an immediate hit in the 1990s with his Tom Green Show on MTV and on the big screen in movies like “Road Trip” and “Freddie Got Fingered.” He also made an impression with appearances on The David Letterman Show and Saturday Night Live.  In recent years he has been spending a lot of time  on the road, touring comedy festivals from Melbourne to Montreal and all over the United States.

“I haven’t been to Lethbridge for a few years. Last time I was there was probably five years ago. Down by the railroad trestle there’s a lookout . I tried parachuting off of it. It didn’t work . I ended up rolling down the hill. If I tried that today, I probably wouldn’t bounce as well,” he recalled.
“It’s been exciting. I feel very fortunate. I developed a show for MTV, I’ve had films shown all over the world. So it really has been exciting,” he said.
“I was on the Saturday night Live 40th anniversary show. It was spectacular. I was surrounded by all of these legends like Paul McCartney, Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy. It was a surreal experience,” he enthused, adding he has been blessed.

He was even supposed to marry her live on Saturday Night live to Drew Barrymore, but she didn’t show.

 “That was a bit. We decided to have some fun with it. We actually got married after that, then we got divorced, so thanks for bringing that up,” he said, adding he’d rather accentuate the positives of the past 30 years. 

“I got to host Saturday Night Live, I got to guest host the David Letterman show, one of my idols, I’ve toured all over the world. It’s been amazing  I feel very grateful for all of the things I’ve been able to do,” he said.
His most recent achievement was getting fired  by Donald Trump on Celebrity Apprentice.
“I know the president. He’s my old boss. I got fired by Trump because I went out drinking with Dennis Rodman on the night I was the project manager,” he said.

“It was a very interesting experience,” he said.

Last year before the election, he released a rap video called “Do The Donald,“ to have some fun with Trump and his presidential bid.

Green was also doing regular podcasts in which his fans could call him up and talk to him. The last one was about trolls on social media.
“If you are  an entertainer or  in politics there are people like that. If you can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen. Some people are just sad and lonely. I actually feel bad for them. They don’t have much else going on,” said Green, who considers himself to be a positive person.

“ I actually stopped doing the podcasts because I wanted to focus on this show,” he continued.

“ This tour is going to be different than anything I’ve done. There’s stand up comedy and I’m touring with DJ Richie,” he said.

“I just built a studio, so I’m recording a new CD which is both comedy and rap, but it totally won’t be out  this year,” he said, adding it reflects his many diverse interests. He also has a “top secret” project coming up for 2018.
“ I like having a positive attitude. There are a lot of feel good fun in the show. It will be the most amazing thing Lethbridge has seen ever,” he promised.

“I’m taking the past 30 odd years in the entertainment business and turning it into a 90 minute show,” he said, adding there will be something for fans of all the different aspects of his work.
“It’s a challenge, but I love a  challenge. it’s going to be ridiculous and it’s going to be amazing, he said..

 He keeps an active presence on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Tom Green brings the Snow Jam tour to  Studio, Feb. 18. Tickets are $30 in advance. Doors open at 8 p.m.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
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