Stand up comics often hit the Las Vegas strip for a weekend gig headlining casino showrooms and comedy clubs. And every so often a comic will launch a residency with their own one-man (or woman) show. Rita Rudner, George Wallace, Carrot Top, Rich Little, and Vinny Favorito are just a few that have been able to launch long-running shows in the destination. Now, comedian Tom Green will bring his unique brand of onstage hilarity to Las Vegas with “The Tom Green Show.”
Tom made his mark as a hilarious TV talk show trickster and comedic film actor. He’s also an interactive internet pioneer. When it comes down to it, Green is a true stand-up comedian with his own unique style. In the past few years, the innovative, willfully off-the-wall performer has reinvented and reinvigorated himself with live comedy gigs across the world as the lunatic sage of the digital era.
Now, he brings his show to Las Vegas, where he will incorporate video, music and special guests. Let the party begin.
“Excited to announce my first standup permanent residency at Bally’s Las Vegas. Here I come!” said Green on his twitter feed.
Sharp, funny and provocative in concert, Tom reels off a stream of hilarious insights about the ways technology has changed us all since the turn of the century — a wealth of observational humor that could never have existed before the rise of computers, the web and social media.
With his cynical, finely-tuned rants about the etiquette and evolutionary dangers of texting, the pitfalls of Facebook, the death of privacy and the slippery slope of digital camera convenience, Tom picks up the satirical, profane torch once borne by Bill Hicks and updates the cynically nutty view of society that fueled George Carlin’s classic routines. His subjects can be raw — drugs, suicide, war and pornography — and they can be topical — the economy, politics and the strange ascent of his former employer on TV’s “The Celebrity Apprentice,” Donald Trump.
Tom also deals with the pitfalls of celebrity, a topic he knows all too well, as well as his battle with cancer and the reality of being in his mid-40’s without having had children. He finds the laughs in all of the above.
If Tom’s occasional explosions of righteous anger recall the howl of Sam Kinison, they are leavened by his sometimes wistful recollections of a simpler time when he was growing up suburban in the last days of the Cold War. As frenetic as Tom can get, his genial, impish side continues to pop in and out during his set, insuring that the crowd is on his side. And, of course, he delights in occasional, absurd interaction with his audience.
As Tom has honed his material on national and international tours of theaters and comedy clubs, his fans have come to see someone who has gone beyond his movie roles and video persona while still staying true to the hilarity and anarchy that first brought him fame. And those fans have been right in tune with their trailblazing hero as he wins new admirers with his wit, energy and range.