It takes a lot to make us wait outside in -16°C weather for half an hour. But the chance to see Tom Green headlining at the intimate Yuk Yuk's Downtown was worth risking frostbite.
The former shock comic, TV and movie personality and current web host delivered four shows last weekend, and (once inside) we caught the final one late Saturday night. He was in a great mood, accepting the occasional shot from the audience - we're talking booze, not heckling, although there were those, too. And along with his easy one-liners ("Half the cast of Predator has been elected governor," he quipped), he showed a new depth and maturity.
Much of his act centred on his dissatisfaction with technology. He turned 40 this year, and while some of his references failed to resonate with the crowd - no one laughed at his Beachcombers theme music joke - he got lots of laughs from his bits on land-line telephones, stupid candy and school compasses.
His two standout jokes involved how humans will evolve with texting (great physical bit with a stool), and a way-politically-incorrect-but-funny section on who still buys magazine porn.
He ended with a carpe diem bit about surviving testicular cancer and enjoying life. Green's come a long way since his shock-tactic days.
Opener and host Mark DeBonis, who was Yuk's featured act earlier in the week, struggled initially with the loud, sold-out crowd, but his likeability and casual banter warmed us up after waiting outside.