Tuesday, June 27, 2017 This Week's Paper

Arts& Entertainment: Tom Green plays Tacoma Comedy Club Sept. 27-29

You probably remember Tom Green as the offbeat comic who may or may not have placed his bum on various items while filming a music video in Seattle. Others remember his memorable performances on the big screen in “Road Trip” and “Freddy Got Fingered,” which he also co-wrote and directed. Although it seems Green has been out of the public eye for a while, his hugely entertaining Internet talk show, “Tom Green’s House Tonight,” became the highest rated show of its kind, keeping die-hard fans happy with his own personal brand of comedy.

Green took a break from the talk show in 2011 to go back to his roots in standup comedy, embarking on a critically acclaimed world tour. He makes a stop at Tacoma Comedy Club Sept. 27-29.

“What’s fun about coming out to my shows is that I’ve been doing comedy in one form or another for over 20 years,” he said. “But, I haven’t been on the road for 20 years, so I still have a lot of enthusiasm for standup.”

Although the infamous “Tom Green Show” was an epic hit that led to movie deals and more, he calls standup comedy one of his first loves. “This is the most direct connection you’ll ever have with your audience, and I love it,” he said. “I’m proud I’ve been able to keep it going as long as I have.”

Green’s first TV stand-up special, airing on Showtime, has Green launching into the social and political topics of the day, ranging from Internet privacy issues to his own personal health struggles. “I cover all sorts of topics in the shows, but I think all comedy is at its best when it’s honest and authentic,” he said. “I talk about my own personal experiences, but it is still an outrageous show. The things that are happening in society today are shocking, and it’s a great time to be in standup.”

Green is playing at the Tacoma Comedy Club on Sept. 27 at 8 p.m., Sept. 28-29 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$20, available at