In March 2000, TV personality and general disruption specialist, Tom Green, was diagnosed with testicular cancer. In May of that year, his host network, MTV, aired a one-hour special of the Tom Green Show, following him through the entire treatment process, even showing the surgical removal of his right testicle. Throughout the whole event Tom did his level best to see the funny side of it all.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Green commented: “Having cancer was a very scary, shocking experience for me. But I could find the comedy in it. And I talk about it a lot in my stand-up. Believe it or not, testicular cancer is great for stand-up comedy material.
My point is, everything’s fine. I’m doing great. I’m able to do what I want to do, independently and with a sort of rawness to it that I never had before. When you get sucked into the machine, all of a sudden you’re getting dragged around by the nose and told what movie you’ve gotta do, what TV shows you gotta do, and it can be unfulfilling.“
Tom Green was extremely popular in the 1990s and early 2000s due to his sick sense of humour and clowning but has since arguably faded. His abrasive humour earned him the love of countless teenagers in the US and his fame was such that he even married Drew Barrymore.
With a clean bill of health and one testicle lighter, Tom is able to enjoy his creative freedom again. He has since published his own online show , Tom Green’s House Tonight, which was well received, if not staggeringly successful.
Testicular cancer is one of the most common cancers in men between the ages of 15 and 35.
The ACS reports that the cure rate for the disease when detected early will soon reach 100%, and 90% for testicular cancer of all stages.