August 10th, 2012
01:30 PM ET
Tom Green has been around for so long that it's hard to believe he's never had a stand-up comedy special before.
"I've been doing comedy in one form or another since I was a kid, for the last 20 years or so," the funnyman told CNN. "I started doing stand-up when I was a teenager, and got into broadcasting with my television show. I started touring two or three years ago and I've really thrown myself into stand-up comedy."
After those years of touring and writing, Green is rectifying his lack of a special with "Tom Green Live," which is set to debut on Showtime tonight at 10 p.m. ET.
Not only will fans get a taste of his jokes, but there is also a short documentary chronicling Green's pioneering days as an outrageous trickster who would film everything from turning his parents' car into a "Lesbian-mobile," to setting his boots on fire and running down the street.
The man who many view as leading the way for the success of "Jackass" with MTV's cult-classic mid-'90s program, "The Tom Green Show," said looking back on those memories that he's "really proud of all those funny, crazy moments.
"It was a different time in the media in the early '90s when I started the show on public access TV in Canada, because there wasn't reality TV then," Green continued. "People weren't used to seeing small video cameras, certainly not barging into their bedrooms in the middle of the night. This kind of prank, guerrilla humor didn't really exist in any mainstream way yet."
Green said comedy has changed so much thanks to technology, from being able to connect directly with your audience via social media to being able to easily film and edit your own shows. No longer do aspiring artists have to go to broadcast school or learn how to use equipment by way of interning at a TV station like Green did. He himself is pretty plugged in with his site TomGreen.com, an online show and a popular Twitter account.
The underlying theme of his Showtime special, Green said, is that technology, for all of its good, has some negatives.
"We are giving away too much of our information, our privacy is being taken away, people are not socializing the way they used to anymore and not communicating the way they used to," he said. "We are always evolving, and [being] able to communicate with the world at lightning speed, there's going to be some downside to that."
Something that hasn't changed, he said, are the rudiments of stand-up.
"It's a time honored tradition of getting up on stage with a microphone," he said. "The only thing that has changed is the subject matter."
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