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Tom Green Likes Being Separate From the Pack

tom greenTom Green’s enjoying the latest permutation of his eclectic career — commuting back and forth each week between Las Vegas, where he recently started a four-month engagement at the Hard Rock Hotel, and Los Angeles, where he does his weekly live talk show on Mark Cuban’s AXS TV.

“I’ve toured around the world doing stand-up the last few years. So it’s kind of cool, it’s kind of nice to be able to have a little consistency as to where I am,” notes the funny man, whose global itinerary ranged from Australia to Afghanistan, where he entertained troops. Now, “I can do my interview show here in Los Angeles on Thursday nights and then we fly down to Vegas on the weekends and do my shows there. And it’s turning out great.

“I love playing in Vegas because you’ve got people from all over the world and you’re already accepted,” he adds. “It’s kind of a great mixture of people that come out to the shows and that makes it fun.”

His “Tom Green Live” was recently renewed for its third season. The show, which has a hip alternative vibe, devotes an entire hour to one subject, live and impromptu — a sort of homage to one of Green’s favorites, the late Tom Snyder.

“This show that I’m doing on AXS TV is what I’ve always wanted to do. With the long format interview I can get into really interesting conversations with my guests,” says Green. “You know what it’s like to get the opportunity to speak to really interesting people and pick their brain about things. To have time to let a guest actually speak and tell a story and get into detail is really exciting.”

Green’s talk with esteemed CBS anchor emeritus Dan Rather included shots of Wild Turkey and ranged from journalism and broadcasting topics to a demonstration of how Texans chew tobacco. “That was awesome,” says the Pembroke, Ontario, Canada-born personality, who rose to fame with his trailblazing and frequently tacky MTV “The Tom Green Show” that ran from 1999 to 2003.

Other recent guests include Dr. Drew Pinsky talking celebrity-obsessed culture — and a bunch of Green’s favorite comedian pals like Richard Belzer, Andrew Dice Clay, Seth Green, Norm MacDonald, Howie Mandel and Comedy Central’s The Workaholics.

“It’s really neat to have this interactive experience where viewers can call in on Skype and talk to the guests,” he notes.

Talking about Green’s wish list of guests for future shows — how about Mark Cuban himself?

“I’d love to interview Mark Cuban! He’s certainly a great guy to have running this network,” notes Green of the billionaire internet mogul, Dallas Mavericks owner and “Shark Tank” personality. He adds that Cuban has “really been supportive of what I’m doing. It was cool that he was able to see what it is that I’m trying to do and to step up and support me in a bigger way with this outlet.”

Green has made a habit of taking a path apart from the mainstream. He was all over the internet, doing his talk show from his living room, before many in entertainment were paying much attention to the immense possibilities of the medium. Then, when there was a mass rush to the web, Green did live stage shows for audiences around the world. Now others are going short on interviews — and he’s going long.

“I like to do things that are different,” he acknowledges. “I’ve always found success in sort of separating myself from the pack mentality things. My early show was very different. It was before reality TV and it was sort of opening a way to make a show nobody else was doing. I think it found success because it was different from what anybody else was doing. I think people are responding to this show for the same reason. We’re taking it back old school.”

Could he have done this show back in his manic twenties — or is the in-depth interview best served by 42-year-old Tom Green of today?

“Well, when I was in my twenties, interviewing was sort of secondary to the show which was more about pranks and out in the street stuff,” he responds. “Certainly being older and having a different perspective on the world, and probably being closer in age to my guests so I can relate to them more, is helpful. And just having been through more of life personally and understanding human beings a little bit more — how people think and how they want to be treated. And how to make a comfortable environment for them on my show and get the most out of people.

“Certainly being older in those regards has been helpful, and also in interviewing people. But, really, the internet show prepared me for this in so many ways,” he adds. “Having done so many shows and having had so many people coming to the house were I was doing the show. There were really no executives or television people overseeing it, so I was able to really experiment and learn a lot of things. I’ve had a lot of growth and learning in the last 10 years.”

Mark Cuban Has Silly Side says Brad Sherwood

The Mark Cuban you see gleefully muscling other people out of deals on “Shark Tank” is not the same guy you’ll see on ABC’s “Trust Us With Your Life” show Tuesday (7/17).  “He’s actually very fun and outgoing and nice,” claims “Trust Us” talent Brad Sherwood.  “I think on their show, his persona is that of the completely hardcore businessman.  He has a totally different persona on our show, telling his stories from his life.  You’ll see on the show — he has a silly side.”

He certainly has a lusting-for-fame side.  Cuban evidently enjoys getting face time on television — don’t forget “Dancing With the Stars” — even though he obviously doesn’t need it.  This is the guy who owns Landmark Theaters and the Dallas Mavericks among many other things.  He’s worth a reported $2.3 billion, for crying out loud.

And now he’s landed on “Trust Us With Your Life.” For those who have yet to sample the ABC summer offering, it has Fred Willard as host and reteams Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Sherwood from “Whose Line is it Anyway” as well as other improvisational artists.  They apply their skills to re-enacting stories that celebrities tell about themselves — or at least, they use the real-life situations as a starting point for their wild improvs.

“We’ve all been together so many different times, not only on ‘Whose Line,’ but performing live together, and other stuff.   It’s nice to get the whole gang back on a show with improv, which is what we love to do,” Sherwood says.

Eight segments were shot.  “They’re going to run them, and depending on how they do,” Sherwood says, “they’ll decide if they want to do some more.”

‘Shark Tank’s’ Daymond John ‘Quicker to Go for the Jugular’ These Days

Daymond John ABC photo

“Shark Tank” entrepreneur Daymond John and his fellow shark, $2.5 billionaire Mark Cuban, are working out the details for their planned “Twittch” — that is, Twitter pitch — event April 9 at the Reality Rocks Expo at the L.A. Convention Center.  Business wannabes will have the chance to pitch their products to the potential investors in 140 characters or less while the duo talks about the use of social media to build brands.

The FUBU founder and CEO admits that when he was starting out, he couldn’t have sold an investor in 140 characters.  “I got turned down by 27 banks, so it didn’t matter whether I had 140 words or 140,000.”

Still, he’s into social networking for fun and profit now.  He gets around 200 pitches via Facebook, Twitter and email per week, and “I do look at most of them.  Mark Cuban says he’s backed products by people he’s never met through Twitter and e-mail.  I’m not going to do that.  I want to meet people before I give them any money.”   As for whether any of those pitches have been effective, John says he’s consulting with a handful of people who began with an unsolicited pitch to help them develop their goods or services.  Products from another few “are in my portfolio in case I meet with a company that might work a good deal with them.”

MEANWHILE:  With Season 2 of “Shark Tank” underway, John has sharpened his game.  Now, when he sees a product that he wants that other sharks also want, “whether I have a good or bad feeling about the shark, I’ll go for the jugular quicker.” Now, he has attorneys at the ready “so I’m better equipped to structure these deals.”  John also has “strategic partners in place” to help him carry through deals faster.

He tells us he’s glad for the addition of recurring sharks Cuban and Jeff Foxworthy.  “It makes it more fun and brings more eyeballs.  When Jeff came in, we didn’t know what to expect, his having been in show business for more than 25 years.  But you can’t be an idiot and be as successful as he is.  We were like, ‘Wow.  He gets it.  He understands.  He’s a businessman.’  We were pleasantly surprised.

“And with Mark, we expected him to come in and start throwing chairs and screaming,” he says of the fiery founder of HDNet and owner of the Landmark Theater chain and the Dallas Mavericks.  “But he’s been great.   He also created a different challenge in that he is perceived as Mr. Moneybags.”  But that can be used against him, John believes.  “I’ll say to people, ‘When you have to pay for the gas in his jumbo jet for him to come in for a meeting, what’s that going to do to your budget?’  And when you need to reach him and can only get his secretary, what are you going to do then?’  It’s all about playing a smart game.”

And for the sharks, it really is about the fun of playing the game, for, as John notes, none of them “has to work another day of our lives.”