PICTOU – Duct tape’s popularity could likely be traced back to Red Green.
Steve Smith will take the stage as Red Green at the deCoste Centre on Saturday. SUBMITTED
For the first time in 25 years of being Red Green, Steve Smith has revealed why it’s his preferred method to fix everything, but you’ll have to go to his How to Do Everything show in Pictou on Saturday to find out.
“It’s basically 90 minutes of untested waters, which is basically my wheelhouse.”
Although all the material is different, it’s still the same character.
“Anyone that likes Red Green doesn’t want him to have a major change anyway.”
This is his second tour as the beloved main character that kept his show running for 15 seasons.
His Wit & Wisdom tour went to 139 venues across Canada and America in 2011 and Smith says he was shocked at how much he enjoyed it.
“I’m just a little older, a little wiser and probably a little more informed about how to do a one-man show from doing the first one.”
The audience seems to agree. Smith says everyone who shows up seems to really want to be there, no matter how big or small.
One thing he’s noticed compared to the last tour is the age of viewers.
He says they’re getting younger and he thinks it’s because The Comedy Network airs re-runs before school.
He suspects his presence on YouTube and the content has something to do with it as well.
It stays timeless because it doesn’t refer to specific events.
“I don’t exactly know why it connects with people. My guess is that they have a Red Green type person in their family. A father, or an uncle, or a grandfather. So they relate to the character. I’m not sure how many fans I have in downtown New York, but I can tell you in Minnesota, I’ve got a ton.”
Part of the reason Smith is able to play the part so well is because he strongly identifies with Red Green.
He says all the aspects of the do-it-yourself handyman are present in his own personality, but he has other layers outside of the character.
“I’m quite comfortable being Red Green. He can say things in a way that people will listen.”
He based the role on The Red Fisher Show, which ran on CTV from the late 1960s until the late 1980s.
Smith was inspired by Fisher’s discussion about a fishing trip where he didn’t catch anything.
“It was mind-numbingly boring. And I thought, what a great approach to life. He just assumed that you could be boring and have a career. I was making fun of him and it took on a life on its own.”
Smith says Fisher was aware of him, but they never got to meet.
The pair was supposed to do a joint interview many years ago on a radio show in London, Ont., but Fisher never showed up.
He’s looking forward to bringing the show to Pictou.
He’s received a lot of support, including in the Maritimes.
“It does tend to be suburban and rural audiences that relate better to that sort of self-sufficient kind of character.”
The show starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the deCoste Centre. Tickets are $56.50.
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