SUMMERSIDE — Steve Smith is bringing his popular Red Green character back to Summerside for a one-night-only performance at Harbourfront Theatre.
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Steve Smith is bringing his Red Green character back to the Harbourfront Theatre stage on Oct. 28. Tickets are still available by contacting the theatre.
The “How to do Everything (From the Man Who Should Know)” tour stops in Summerside on Oct. 28, and features all-new jokes and stories, along with advice and, as Smith put it, a little bit of BS.
And, for diehard fans, one of Red Green’s biggest secrets will be revealed.
“One of the unique things about this tour is for the first time ever, and I am talking ever, ever, ever, I explain why I fix things with duct tape. That’s a huge breakthrough,” explained Smith in a recent telephone interview. “There are handyman tips in there. Certainly the wheelhouse of what I am talking about is to guys like myself, but what I find is that other people relate to that — women and guys in their 20s because they have a guy like me in their lives.”
That’s why, Smith believes, the Red Green character has been so popular, even now, 34 years after the fictional well-intention bumbling handyman with a penchant for duct tape was first introduced on “Smith and Smith.”
“People can relate to the character because they have somebody like that in their lives,” said Smith. “Anybody who is from suburbia and from rural areas has an uncle or a grandfather or dad or somebody who has the Red Green attitude. They recognize that character and relate to it.”
Red Green began as a skit mocking popular fishing show host, Red Fisher, a “’Saturday Night Live’ caricature” that grew in popularity, spawning a show of his own and, in recent years, cross-country tours.
The character is one, said Smith, who feeds off the audience.
“When I started doing the show in front of a live audience, which wasn’t until the third season, I could feel the audience wanting the character to be real. They would push the character and pull him and make him do things,” he added. “If I said something or did something they felt didn’t fit the character they would feel it and I would adjust it. They forced me into making the character more three dimensional.”
As a result, Red Green has become Canada’s most well known handyman, although Mike Holmes may dispute that.
Having lived with the character for three and a half decades, Smith admitted all of Red Green is in him but there’s a significant part of Smith — the businessman, entrepreneur and performer — that’s not a part of Red.
And, admitted, Smith, “I really envy Red. His life is much simpler than mine.”
The veteran performer said, on the “execution level,” he may be a better handyman than Red but when it comes to creativity Red takes the cake.
“It’s hard to top his creative imagination.”
The tour, surprisingly, is only Smith’s second as Red Green.
This time, he’ll be talking about almost everything imaginable.
“Some of it is handyman stuff. I also talk about men and women stuff that everybody can relate to. I have advice on how to deal with teenagers. I have advice directly to teenagers,” he added. “The show is about 90 minutes long and there are probably about 100 topics in there.
“If you have ADD, this is the show for you.”
This will be Smith’s second time bringing Red Green to the Harbourfront Theatre, stage, the first with the “Wit and Wisdom” tour. It’s a venue, he said, nurtures the character.
“A lot of times when I go into these theatres, the actual theatre has a huge effect on the show because you need to fit there. I think I am more of the guy you would have sitting in your living room, talking to you. I need a venue that’s kind of cozy, and that’s what the Harbourfront Theatre is,” said Smith. “That really helps the audience because their attitude is enhanced by the venue itself. Once you buy a ticket, you must want to be there unless you’re crazy. It’s a great filtering process. When I walk on stage, in my mind, I am just getting together with friends. The people in P.E.I. are like that. They don’t dare you to entertain them, they want you to entertain them and they are helping you entertain them.”
Tickets for the Oct. 28 show are still available. For more information, visit www.harbourfronttheatre.com.
Showtime is 7 p.m.