Following in the footsteps of fellow late-’90s MTV mainstays Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys, Canadian comedian Tom Green has just announced his own Las Vegas residency, set to kick off at Bally’s on October 29.
And if your immediate reaction to this news was, “Tom Green? Really?”, well, the PR person who wrote the show’s press release is here to put your worries at ease, because Green—who’s been doing stand-up regularly since his old “The Bum Bum Song” days—turns out to be imbued with the influence of every great comedian of the 20th century, rolled into one Freddy Got Fingered package. “Tom,” the press release writes, “picks up the satirical, profane torch once borne by Bill Hicks and updates the cynically nutty view of society that fueled George Carlin’s classic routine.” Meanwhile, his “occasional explosions of righteous anger recall the howl of Sam Kinison,” presumably that time Sam Kinison went on Celebrity Apprentice and then talked about Donald Trump.
Which isn’t to say Tom Green’s not funny—he frequently is—but just that that’s a pretty hefty bill of goods to attach to anyone who’s not somehow Bill Hicks, George Carlin, and Sam Kinison, brought to life and smashed into one very angry, sarcastic person who nevertheless probably has some pretty good Rip Torn stories to tell.