Who knew that the week after Canadian Comedy Week would be so busy?
Ottawa's shock comic-turned-internet-broadcaster, former Mr. Drew Barrymore and onetime NOW cover boy Tom Green brings his show to the Phoenix this Saturday (October 23), while Comedy Channel laconic alt-superstar Demetri Martin joins a lineup that includes Steven Wright and Mike Wilmot for fundraiser Stand Up For Kids on Tuesday (October 26) at the Koerner Hall. We pit them against each other for this Q&A. See listings.
This week is packed with other comics (Margaret Cho, Brian Posehn, Gerry Dee). Why should we see your show?
Green: I've had an amazing year playing to over 200 sold out crowds around the world. (Look at where I have been at tomgreen.com/tour). I'm sincerely very proud to be bringing this show to Toronto for the first time. Plus I am Canadian, like Gerry Dee.
Martin: What a very demanding question.
If all of you got into a wrestling ring, who'd win and why?
Green: It would only happen if Gerry Dee and I could phantom tag those Yankee pricks.
Martin: So, we're fighting? Or are we just in the ring, hanging out?
Any special green room rider?
Green: Three Red Bulls, a bottle of Crown Royal and a pound of Canadian grass.
Martin: No. Any green is fine.
How will you kill time in Toronto before and after the show?
Green: Walking down the street with Kensington Market hipsters attempting the swagger of Al Waxman in his prime. And showing off this amazing city shooting videos for Tomgreen.com The Channel.
Martin: I will fight comedians in a wrestling ring.
Celebrity Apprentice or Dancing With The Stars: which would you rather?
Green: Thanks, NOW, this is almost like having to choose between a poke in the eye or a kick in the nuts.
Martin: I will fight them all in a wrestling ring.
Lindsay Lohan: where will she be in five years?
Green: Sitting by a fireplace staring happily at her Oscar on the mantle.
Martin: In a wrestling ring?
Where will you be in five?
Green: Living in Toronto so I can be closer to the person who wrote these questions.
Chilean miners: what's next?
Martin: Dancing Celebrity Apprentice in a wrestling ring with stars and packed with comics.