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Tom Green
In The Magazine Studio

Tom rules. Pretty much all I can say about him as a person. Very cool, laid back guy. Has no fashion sense whatsoever, but no loss. There are people for that.

This was a simple chill moment at the magazine offices in LA. Just a few shots, cigars, pizza and beer.

While attending Algonquin College, Green hosted an over-night call-in show on the University of Ottawa's campus radio station, CHUO. The show, originally a rap music show, was followed by an electronic music show hosted by Glenn Humplik. Through the proximity of their shows, Tom and Glenn met and became friends, based on a common love of zany antics. Tom's radio show soon shifted formats to a call-in show (upon the discovery of how to operate the studio's call-in lines) and the two joined forces to host The Midnight Caller Show. The basic format of The Midnight Caller was to have listeners call-in with Tom and Glenn making fun of them (or "razzing" them) and soon after hanging-up on them. The show's novelty and originality made it an underground hit in the Ottawa area.

The first incarnation of The Tom Green Show began in September 1994 as a cable access program on Rogers Television 22 in the Ottawa region until 1996. The show would later be picked up in Canada by The Comedy Network in 1997 and then MTV in January 1999, where he gained popularity in the United States. The Tom Green Show was a variety show format, where he would have guests visit the studio and bands play before a live audience. He also had taped segments that typically consisted of stunts played by Green on unsuspecting people. A number of them involved Green's parents, Mary Jane and Richard Green, who consistently appeared unamused and occasionally angered by Tom's antics.

As an example of his audacity, in a March 2000 episode, Tom brought Monica Lewinsky to his parents' home in Canada to search for fabric for her new business venture in designing handbags. In a similar vein to his later faux attempt at an on-air marriage to Drew Barrymore on Saturday Night Live, Tom and Monica fooled local reporters with an "important announcement" which turned out to be nothing more than a request for more fabric for Lewinsky's handbags.

A frequent rumor says that the show was cancelled because of an alleged segment where Green shows up at a bar mitzvah, or another Jewish event, dressed as Adolf Hitler. Green, however, has repeatedly denied that such a segment exists, and there is no evidence to suggest otherwise.[3] He mentions the rumor in his 2004 autobiography, Hollywood Causes Cancer, stating that it apparently started when some Boston teenagers were caught videotaping themselves performing a similar stunt and, when asked by security, they used the name "Tom Green." Green says, "I would never do a mean-spirited, anti-Semitic joke like that - it's both abhorrent and not funny...To this day I still get asked about it, and it's annoying. So again, for the record, it didn't happen. There is nobody on this planet that has ever seen this bit on tape because it does not exist. If it did exist, it would have certainly reared its ugly, hateful head on the Internet by now. But it won't, because it doesn't exist. I've never put on a Hitler costume. In fact, I've never even been to a Bar Mitzvah."

Some of Green's most notable skits include pretending to "hump" a dead moose,[4] having an X-rated lesbian scene painted on his father's car (labeled the "Slut Mobile"), drinking milk by sucking on a cow's teat, and putting a cow head in his parents' bed while they slept because his father was a fan of The Godfather films. Green also hung his own unauthorized piece of art in the National Gallery of Canada (which remained untouched for days), similar to the subsequent exploits of British graffiti artist Banksy, with the added twist of later coming back and vandalizing it to the horror of onlooking patrons. In one segment, Green went to the press conference of Grey Owl where he serenaded and kissed Pierce Brosnan. Brosnan, thinking Green was a journalist, advised him not to give up his day job. Green also did many segments humiliating his co-host and longtime friend Glenn Humplik; even after the pair had become well-known, Humplik continued working at his phone company job, fearing that his entertainment career might not last. Green teased him about this often and once gave out Humplik's office phone number on the air.

In 2003, he also had a nightly talk show, The New Tom Green Show, in the style of Johnny Carson, at midnight on MTV. The show lasted several months, and was similar to his later Tom Green Live format. Jesse James Dupree, the frontman of the Southern rock band Jackyl, made the ill-advised decision to take a chainsaw to Tom Green’s new desk when he appeared on Green’s short-lived MTV talk show in 2003. The unplanned stunt clearly irritated Green and he made no attempt to hide his displeasure. He eventually began his planned musical performance (himself on drums and Dupree on guitar) but continued to verbally spar with Dupree for a short period before abandoning the drums mid-song in apparent disgust and walking off stage. Later on in the evening, he again insulted the band by holding up Jackyl's most recent album and advising viewers to "check it out if you like music that was cool fifteen years ago" and then proceeded to smash it with a hammer.

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