A noted purveyor of fin-de-siècle shock comedy, Canadian Tom Green aimed to transform his gross-out TV stardom into movie fame (or infamy) with his 2001 directorial debut, Freddy_Got_Fingered.
Raised in Ottawa, Green began to hone his comic skills as a teenager, pulling gags for the amusement of his friends. Along with doing stand-up while in college, Green released a rap album and created a hit radio show at the University of Ottawa. After graduation, Green managed to get the first incarnation of his signature TV series, The_Tom_Green_Show, on local Ottawa television in 1994. A hit, The_Tom_Green_Show landed on Canada's Comedy Network and officially hit the big time when MTV bought it and began airing it in the U.S. in 1999. During its two years on MTV, the show garnered high ratings due to Green's penchant for pushing the limits of taste with such gags as shagging a dead moose and delivering animal parts to his parents' house, and for involving innocent bystanders in his "confrontational comedy." Green even managed to top the episode featuring his trip home with Presidential paramour Monica Lewinsky when he transformed his spring 2000 battle with testicular cancer into the infamous "Cancer Special" for MTV.
During Green's MTV tenure, he moved to films with a small role in theSaturday_Night_Live-based comedy Superstar (1999). Green's antics as a nerdy college student, particularly placing a live mouse on his tongue, subsequently became one of the main draws of the raunchy teen hit Road_Trip(2000). A cameo as Drew_Barrymore's sad sack boyfriend Chad in the blockbuster Charlie's_Angels (2000) paid off personally when Green andBarrymore became an offscreen item; after much hedging and a faux jilting at the altar on Saturday_Night_Live in November 2000, the two married quietly in 2001.
After The_Tom_Green_Show ended, Green turned his attention to his first movie vehicle, co-writing, directing, and starring in Freddy_Got_Fingered. Avowedly intended to be the most disgusting film possible, Freddy featured such set pieces as Green swinging a baby by its umbilical cord, doing unmentionable things with horses, and many creative uses for meat. Although Green's cinematic escapades earned a few comparisons to 1970s performance art, Freddy_Got_Fingered was mostly blasted for its technical crudity and general witlessness, and died a swift death at the box office.