My family’s connection with The Red Green Show began 12 years ago when my teenage kids began watching it on PBS after I’d gone to bed. One night, after hearing their howls of laughter from down below, I headed downstairs to see what the commotion was. ‘Just another dumb show’, I thought.
Was I wrong.
The Red Green Show has a consistently odd, quirky style that may not fit everyone. But it fit our family. The lead character named Red Green has a beard and wears flannel and suspenders (one red, one green) reminiscent of a backwoodsman.
He functions as a cheapskate handyman-cum-philosopher who offers advice on everything from aging ("Remember you may have to grow old, but you don't have to mature") to endurance ("When the going gets tough, switch to power tools"). He and his crew of even odder friends, including an animal controller who is afraid of all four-legged creatures, believe 'anything is possible if you use enough duct tape'.
We so loved the show that my two daughters and I attended the viewing of Red Green’s first film, ‘Duct Tape Forever’ at the Embassy about a decade ago. Hilarious!
Sadly, after running on PBS stations in the US since 1993, The Red Green Show went off the air in 2007. Reruns are still available and episodes can be seen on Youtube and the Red Green website (www.Redgreen.com).
The great thing is Red Green (the character) will be in Fort Wayne to perform his one-man Wit & Wisdom Tour at the Embassy Theatre. He did a similar tour here in 2010 and I missed it. I’m getting tickets today. I can't wait to hear him say in person : “Keep your stick on the ice.”
What: RED GREEN'S WIT & WISDOM TOUR
When: Wednesday, April 25, 7 p.m.
Where: Embassy Theatre
Ticket Prices: $48.25. Credit card fees apply. Tickets on sale at the Embassy box office, all other Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com.
Kayleen Reusser has written children’s books and had stories in Chicken Soup books. She writes features for the News-Sentinel newspaper and profiles for the Ossian Sun Riser. She loves to travel and write about her experiences at her website: www.KayleenR.com