In times like these, America needs Red Green. The Canadian comedian and star of the long-running PBS series, “The Red Green Show,” Green has won over scores of us south-of-the-northern-border yokels with his patchwork brand of homespun advice (“If life gives you lemons, throw ‘em into a quart of vodka”), pithy philosophies (“Men are like gas, they take up the space available”), and most of all, fix-it tutorials.
In his new book, “How to Do Everything,” Green explores plenty of the latter, offering do-it-yourself ideas for how to fix a draughty window using mice, how to fix squeaky floorboards with a whoopee cushion, and how to lift the engine out of a car using just a nine volt cordless drill, clothesline pulleys and his famously favored fix-all, duct tape.
On Saturday, Green will appear at the Montana Theatre on the UM campus as part of his current “Wit and Wisdom” tour. I caught up with him by phone earlier this week to talk about the life experiences that brought him to where he is today, and the winding road that brings him here this weekend. [Read More...]