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Tom Green Biography

Birth Name:
Michael Thomas Green
Birth Place:
Pembroke, Ontario, Canada
Actor, comedian

Fast Facts

  • Began performing stand-up comedy at age 15
  • Hosted a comedy-oriented radio call-in show at the University of Ottawa while attending Algonquin College
  • Was part of an absurdist rap trio called Organized Rhyme, which picked up a record deal with A&M and a Juno nomination before disbanding in 1992
  • First debuted The Tom Green Show on Ottawa and then New York public access before it was picked up by the Comedy Network in Canada
  • Underwent surgery in 2000 to remove a cancerous testicle
  • Published his memoir, Hollywood Causes Cancer: The Tom Green Story, in 2005
  • Claims to have invented "planking," a comedy bit that requires the performer to lie facedown and motionless to get an audience reaction