Our friends out at Image Entertainment sent over something…something that just defies description. They sent over a copy of “Tom Green Live”, which will be hitting stores March 26. In perhaps the grandest Tom Green tradition, watching him live will be…well…I’ll try not to spoiler too hard.
“Tom Green Live” will be roughly one hour–the box calls it at 54 minutes–of Tom Green. “Tom Green Live” will cover a load of topics, from Tom Green’s Internet show to his connection with Donald Trump to his testicular cancer and pretty much everything beyond. He’ll talk about his life and career, and cover a surprising amount of ground in just those 54 minutes.
Oddly, “Tom Green Live” is a lot funnier than some might have expected. Indeed, Tom is beginning to confront his mortality here, his aging, and the fact that his career seems to be going in the opposite direction that most would prefer. There’s actually a great joke early on about how he started his career on public access in Canada, got picked up by MTV, and is now doing a show on the Internet set in his living room, so his career’s going “great”. That’s not much of a spoiler to those who remember Green’s overall career.
Frankly, I had not expected this level of sober reflection out of a man who made a career out of tormenting his parents and exposing Rip Torn’s naked behind in movies. But for those freaked out by sober reflection, don’t worry; there will be a cloud of obscenities as well as a lot of unalloyed screaming in which he reduces his rate of blinking to somewhere around three per minute. Plus a lot of repetition; Green will go into several bizarre fugues in which he starts repeating words and phrases, increasingly emphatic, for little or no real reason. The farther in he goes, the more emphatic these fugues seem to get. Frankly, by about the halfway point, all I could think was “Man, I’m glad I’m not in the room with this guy.”
Notably absent from “Tom Green Live” will be anything about 4Chan or anything about Drew Barrymore, which could easily be figured as targets of opportunity, but apparently never made it into the field of worthy target. Frankly, this is a shame, because it would have been more fun than listening to him recount his early career and quote “Freddy Got Fingered” with the last ten minutes or so.
Special features here will be limited to one featurette about the history of “The Tom Green Show”. No trailers, no subtitles, nothing. Kind of bizarre, but then, trying to subtitle this one might well have driven someone insane.
“Tom Green Live” is going to be pretty much what you’d expect an hour of Tom Green to look like: screaming, non sequiturs, self-referencing, occasional laughs, occasional insights, and not a lot of blinking. There will be some surprises, which is great, but frankly, this one’s not worth much more than a rental for all but the most rabid Tom Green fans.