Comedian Tom Green to Perform at Liquid Laughs 

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Troy Conrad

The late 1990s were a golden age of immaturity, and people who lived through them may fondly remember the early days of South Park, Blink 182's Enema of the State and, of course, Tom Green, the radically immature personality behind MTV's The Tom Green Show, who will perform at Liquid Laughs in Boise on Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18.

For folks who don't remember Green, here's a recap: The Canadian-born comedian and former rapper's public-access variety show, The Tom Green Show, was picked up by MTV in 1999. That's when "Tom Green" became a national byword for crass, puerile humor. In one skit, he dry-humped a dead moose. In another, he had an x-rated lesbian scene painted on his father's car. Famously, he installed his own art at the National Gallery of Canada, which was only removed when he returned to the gallery and defaced it.

At the height of his popularity, Green seemed to be capable of anything, especially if it offended, disgusted or insulted; but in 2000, doctors diagnosed him with testicular cancer. The Tom Green Cancer Special, which aired later that year, showed the lead-up to his surgery, and included some footage of the operation itself. It garnered Green critical acclaim, showing another side of the comedian.

Green started his career as a stand-up comedian, but after years of performing on television and in music acts, he returned to the stage in 2010 with a much-subdued personality. In Boise, he'll perform four shows. Tickets are $25. Attendees should be sure to congratulate Green: He became a U.S. citizen earlier this year.
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