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Future Connector: Tom Green

September 5th, 2010
08:47 PM ET

Little is taboo for Canadian comedian Tom Green.

Tom Green is your Connector of the Day.
Tom Green is your Connector of the Day.

He has been the man behind a number of notorious TV stunts - on things that have ranged from the weird to the disgusting. Everything from pranks involving livestock to destroying his own father's car - nothing is off-limits for Tom Green.

What makes things even more entertaining is the fact that most of these stunts were for MTV series "The Tom Green Show".

Factor in his outrageous performances in "Freddy Got Fingered," "Road Trip" and "Charlie’s Angels" – in which he co-starred with ex-wife Drew Barrymore– and it’s clear why he's called the King of Shock.

Over the past decade, he’s been invited to guest-host "Saturday Night Live," and he's also been a guest on "The Late Show with David Letterman" and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

Although Green’s been doing stand-up since the age of 15, he’s not just a one trick pony. He’s also earned his stripes as a writer and singer.

In 2004, he wrote an autobiography and in 2005 formed the rap group, "The Keepin’ It Real Crew."

But there is a serious side to this stand-up star. He hosted Canadian Live 8 and made a special television feature about his battle with testicular cancer to raise awareness of the disease.

This year though, Green’s returned to what he does best, with a global stand-up sold-out comedy tour.

Here's your chance to have your questions answered by Tom Green.

Please leave your questions below and be sure to tell us where you're writing from.

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  1. Robert Beauchamp

    Why do Americians know little about Canada.

    I live in Nova Scotia Canada

    September 5, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  2. Dennis

    I would like to know why you are called a Comedian. Your not funny, actually I find you depressingly boring. I guess it is a Eastern Canadian thing, to say you are amusing. But you are just another Hump.

    September 5, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Reply
  3. David T

    If you could be invisible, what would be your first action?

    From Boston, MA

    September 6, 2010 at 12:29 am | Reply
  4. CRAIG

    What was it like working with Rip Torn. Were you afraid he was going to flip out and hurt you. Is your comic vision a lonley place to be at times?

    September 6, 2010 at 1:41 am | Reply
  5. CRAIG

    Rye, Australia

    September 6, 2010 at 1:45 am | Reply
  6. Johnny Boy

    Tom–your show in DC a few weeks ago was phenomenal. You had a terrific way of making social commentary while keeping us all cringing (and laughing). Your message of living life to it's fullest goes beyond simple comedy. Rock on–I'll be a fan of yours forever after seeing you on the live stage. Just stay away from painting my care, dude!

    September 6, 2010 at 1:47 am | Reply
  7. labden

    From Ottawa with Love. You are a homegrown weirdo!

    September 6, 2010 at 2:34 am | Reply
  8. Dave Oxner

    Will you ever bring back Organized Rhyme?

    September 6, 2010 at 2:40 am | Reply
  9. Jordan Hoy

    Hey Tom,

    Just wondering if your planning on putting out another rap cd & doing another tour? I went to one of your shows in London Ontario when Playboy Jeremy Klein was frying eggs in a lazyboy on stage! Enjoying The Channel, keep up the good work. Hope to run into you again sometime...

    – Jordan Hoy

    London Ontario,Canada

    September 6, 2010 at 3:58 am | Reply
  10. Theo Rael

    Tom, how often is your bathtub filled with jelly? What flavor would you prefer to fill it with?

    September 6, 2010 at 4:08 am | Reply
  11. shmorgishborg

    Dear Tom,
    For whatever reason, the 4chan community has singled you out and does everything humanly possible to harass you during your show. Your patience during these 4chan raids is incredible. Tell us more about your experiences with the 4chan community and what you think about the internet culture phenomena that seems to have latched itself to your show.

    Take it easy

    September 6, 2010 at 5:05 am | Reply
  12. Saltydog

    Hey Tom, will you ever do a science fiction movie?

    September 6, 2010 at 5:07 am | Reply
  13. Natalie Oliver

    What do you think of Americans overall, as a Canadian?

    September 6, 2010 at 5:14 am | Reply
  14. Martin

    Will Prankstar be released in theatres or will it be going straight-to-DVD?

    September 6, 2010 at 5:17 am | Reply
  15. Gray McCarty

    I've really admired you over the years Tom for remaining consistent – you never seem to sway away from what matters most to you, in both your comedy and in your personal life. You still have the Ontario-raised kindness and generosity about you too. How have you remained so consistent over the years? Is it ingrained in you, or is it just something you choose to do?

    Thanks,

    Gray

    September 6, 2010 at 5:17 am | Reply
  16. Rik Flare

    What was it like being married to E.T ?

    September 6, 2010 at 5:21 am | Reply
  17. Andy Deblack

    Would you ever rap on a beat made by a fan? If so, where can we submit them to you?

    September 6, 2010 at 5:27 am | Reply
  18. Peter Hutchison

    Hey Tom, I've been a fan of yours since your show first aired on the Comedy Network here in Canada. All your stuff, from Rogers TV to Tom Green's House Tonight and Prepare for Awesome, is just great.
    I know this may be going a bit back now, but I have always wondered what changes you had to make to your show when you transitioned to MTV? Did MTV give you much freedom? Also, did it get harder to make your show once it got popular, with all the people recognizing you?
    One more thing, what are your plans in for the future? Will your comedy tour come to Barrie Ont.? Anyways, best of luck in the future, its been awesome to see you do your thing over the past few years.

    PS. Is "Tom Green Land" still in Mexico?

    September 6, 2010 at 5:28 am | Reply
  19. Peter Hutchison

    opps!
    "Prepare of Awesome" is supposed to be his rap CD "Prepare for Impact"

    September 6, 2010 at 5:30 am | Reply
  20. Danica orr

    when u gonna star n another film ? freddy got fingered 2

    September 6, 2010 at 5:32 am | Reply
  21. Nancy Jerman

    I'm writing from Colorado. Tom, how does your behavior and personality at home in private compare to your public persona?

    September 6, 2010 at 5:36 am | Reply
  22. David

    The question I have for Tom is whether he sees himself building on the tradition of Jack Parr, Hunter S. Thompson, or Jennifer Ringley? I have seen examples of all three on his channel.

    The best moments are true to the form:
    Parr – Norm Macdonald telling a rehearsed story to and interested Tom.
    H.S. Thompson – Tom unsuccessfully mediating hurt feelings of two commedians (Steve-o and Neil Hamburger) as their antics break off the rails.
    Ringley – Lonely Tom touchingly opens a Chrismas package from his mother containing chocolate bars and other kind-hearted gifts.

    I think the most troubling moments combine two or more of these forms. I would suggest the famous "Monday meltdown" as a cry for help masking as spontaneous edgy entertainment. Tom needs to decide whether he aspires to be an entertainer or an exhibitionist.

    I wish you well, Tom.

    September 6, 2010 at 5:40 am | Reply
  23. BILL TROAST

    1. WILL YOUR COMEDY TOUR EVER COME TO LAS VEGAS ?
    2. WILL TOM GREENS HOUSE TONIGHT EVER COME BACK ON A REGULAR BASIS ?
    BILL from VEGASSSSS
    peaCe--->

    September 6, 2010 at 5:42 am | Reply
  24. Mister Lister

    I was wondering why there is such a widespread belief that in West Philadelphia (born and raised) playing b-ball is how you spent most of your days?

    -theMisterLister, Brooklyn, NY

    September 6, 2010 at 5:49 am | Reply
  25. jeff

    hey there i have some questions for mr tom green. iam looking for any episodes of the green show that aired on mtv back in 2003. i cant find any copies of the show anywhere. can you please add midnight caller radio shows on your channel sometime in the future. also some vintage rogers 22 videos like french clowns gloucester leprechauns xmas special covered with flour the pineapple pals sk8city many more. tv interviews as opra interviews march 1999 regis and kathie lee april 1999 off the record superstar much special the gemni awards. thank you.

    September 6, 2010 at 5:52 am | Reply
  26. Michael

    please dont tell me that pauley shore will be your opening act.. no one will show!

    September 6, 2010 at 5:54 am | Reply
  27. Manny Lerma

    Hey Tom, who do you find to be the most annoying person in the entertainment industry today?

    Inglewood, Ca

    September 6, 2010 at 5:54 am | Reply
  28. Michael Clift

    Hi Tom, do you have any water cooler bottles?

    Regards, Mick
    (Melbourne Australia)

    September 6, 2010 at 5:57 am | Reply
  29. Rawley C, Boston, MA

    Looking back on "The Tom Green Show," do you have any regrets? If you could go back and do it over, what would you do differently?

    September 6, 2010 at 5:59 am | Reply
  30. Michael

    Have you ever been arrested?

    September 6, 2010 at 6:07 am | Reply
  31. MP

    Writing from Long Island, NY. Where do you get your favorite chicken sandwich?

    September 6, 2010 at 6:10 am | Reply
  32. Joe

    What is your absolute number one favorite part about being famous?

    September 6, 2010 at 6:12 am | Reply
  33. lele

    how low is your self-esteem?

    really low?
    super low?
    anna nicloe smith low?

    September 6, 2010 at 6:17 am | Reply
  34. Cara B.

    As a survivor of cancer...how has this disease changed you and your outlook on life?

    September 6, 2010 at 6:33 am | Reply
  35. Eduardo Navarro

    How could you deal with cancer in such a way that you could make jokes about it, and still look as if you were completely strong and healthy? It makes me very happy that you made it through!
    Cheers from Venezuela!
    Ed

    September 6, 2010 at 6:40 am | Reply
  36. Cavin Lyons

    After going to the Gathering Of The Juggalos 2010, how do you feel about Juggalos?

    Bakersfield, CA

    September 6, 2010 at 6:57 am | Reply
  37. Said Lissone

    Hi Tom,

    This is Saïd, writing to you from Amsterdam. I was wondering what happened to your masterpiece, 'Tiger Zebra'? Is it still on display somewhere? Did it get auctioned off? I would really like to own a copy or print for my apartment. Much love!

    September 6, 2010 at 7:22 am | Reply
  38. Lesley from NYC

    Hi, Tom. I wanted to start off by saying that your humor has brightened many of my darkest days. I love the way you make the mundane absurd and the absurd mundane. Did you ever expect your life to end up the way it is today? What do you do to cheer yourself up during your darkest moments? People say that humor comes from a place of sadness. Do you believe that is true? How do you keep a straight face during your man on the street sketches? Do you think you've pulled a fast one over the entertainment industry by making money and gaining fame from mocking social norms? Is there a great deal of irony to your humor or are you silly for silly's sake? I'm sorry, that's a lot more than one question. If you even answer one of them I'll be grateful. Thanks for taking the time to do this. I hope you come back to New York so I can see your comedy show again.

    September 6, 2010 at 8:30 am | Reply
  39. Sean Kinn

    Tom,

    I loved Road Trip, when can we expect to see more movies such as these?

    Sean / Freelance Writer / Bamberg

    September 6, 2010 at 8:31 am | Reply
  40. Larissa james

    Hey Tom

    As a Girl I would really like to know..If you are still single..And what kind of Girls do you like?!
    What should she look like?!

    From

    Phoenix AZ

    September 6, 2010 at 8:54 am | Reply
  41. Zac Grills

    I'm currntly living in Pembroke, Ontario. Any plans to ever come back to your hometown of Pembroke? It would be great to have you perform at an event or in one of the bars here, rapping or standup. Also, what do you feel is your greatest achievement so far in the entertainment industry? And finally, do you regret that things didn't work out between you and Drew Barrymore and are you two still friends?

    September 6, 2010 at 10:06 am | Reply
  42. Nancy Jerman

    I'm writing from Colorado. Why aren't you friends with Glenn Humplik anymore? You guys don't even follow each other on twitter!

    September 6, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  43. Ian

    Are you going to do the South Pole Crew dance in London at the comedy festival?

    September 6, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Reply
  44. Tibi

    hey TOM! This is Tibi from Paris! U the best man, can wait u get live again on the tom green house tonight

    September 6, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  45. Mister Lister

    Your show, when it is running, is more mature and interesting most other current, late-night interview shows, the long-form interviews yielding honest and insightful looks at both the guests and the host that are unparalleled in contemporary american late-night.
    Do you think advertisers see the market trending increasingly AWAY from traditional broadcast media, and if not, how big do you think the viewership will have to get before major corporations will see no choice but to invest the low-overhead, high-quality content developed by talented, self-motivated narrowcasters? Barrelroll.

    -theMisterLister, Brooklyn NY

    September 6, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  46. Scott Woll

    I remember you wrote online that you filmed your stand-up show in Australia and it was going to be put on dvd. Is this still happening, and if so, when?

    I'm from Hazelwood, Missouri

    September 6, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  47. Joe

    Will your film "Prankstar" ever see the light of day?

    September 6, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  48. Josh T.

    Hey Tom, thinking about staring in any more movies?

    From Nelson, NH

    September 6, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  49. Amy

    Why don't you like exercise? Do you want to be fat?

    September 6, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  50. Gregory Travis

    Hi Tom,

    I recall the episode of TTGS when your grandmother taught about how to properly brush one's teeth. I learned a lot from that. I've remembered to always brush my tongue too, ever since. My friends and family want to know, "Do you brush your tongue"?

    Gregory Travis
    Locust Valley, NY (Long Island)

    September 6, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Reply
  51. Aaron

    Are you a mynah bird?

    – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

    September 6, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Reply
  52. Joe

    Do you realize you have a weight problem? You are fat. Get in the gym!

    Edmonton, Canada

    September 8, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Reply
  53. Marisa

    I just read your book and absolutely loved it. I like u, despite the fact you're Canadian. Rock on.

    September 9, 2010 at 4:47 am | Reply
  54. Jurgen Brul

    Hello Tom and CNN friends,

    What can we do to really achieve a Smilling Happy World, because a smile a day keeps the doctors away?

    What can we expect from you in the comming years?

    I am looking forward to hear from Tom soon.

    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Paramaribo
    Suriname

    September 10, 2010 at 9:58 am | Reply
  55. Santino

    Is there going to be a freddy go fingered directors cut ?

    September 10, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  56. Santino

    Is There going to be a freddy got fingered directors cut?

    from houston

    September 10, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Reply

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