I first came across Tom Green on college radio in Ottawa, when he had a Friday midnight show called midnight caller. He'd call up donut shop workers to ask them strange questions, or make fun of the giggling teenagers who dared each other to phone in. When he moved his act to local community access TV, I figured he'd hit the end of his rope soon... But I guess I'm wrong about a lot of things. His early cable show was a lot like his current MTV show with taped public weird-out segments, but it was an hour long and actually attempted to be a talk show, with real guests and a guest band in-studio each week. The oddest talk show moment came the week his guest was the editor of Canada's libelously satiric magazine "Frank", and the band was the True Grit Band, a garage band composed entirely of Liberal government Members of Parliament (including Julian Reed). The editor looked genuinely alarmed to be wedged between Green and all those MP's. Green was wise to downplay the talk show angle. Nobody wants to be interviewed by someone who's just smeared blood on his head.
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