‘Red Green’ back with more advice in book, on tourWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The cover of “Red Green’s Beginner’s Guide to Women (For Men Who Don’t Read Instructions)” shows Steve Smith wearing a plaid shirt, khaki pants, those familiar suspenders and hat, and a knowing smile as he holds an old vacuum cleaner with a handwritten “Happy Anniversary” sign duct-taped to it.
Is it a good indicator of what’s inside the 248-page book?
“Yeah, it is,” Smith said and laughed. “Wrong but not in doubt.”
That philosophy — and Green’s passion to use duct tape to fix anything — made millions laugh for 15 seasons and elevated Smith to comic superstar. His likeable handyman on Possum Lake in Canada’s cottage country on “The Red Green Show” continues to win fans in syndication on PBS stations, including WBGU 27.
“I stopped doing the show eight years ago, and I think the brand is as strong if not stronger now than it was back then,” he said during a call from Florida. “It’s just an unusual type of humor and for whatever reason, thank the lord, it kind of caught on and we found an audience.”
Two years ago, Smith brought Red Green’s Wit & Wisdom Tour to the stage.
“Whenever I started talking about things between a man and a woman, especially if they’d been married for a while, you’d just feel [audience members] sitting up in their chairs and starting to press some buttons. So that kind of led me to write this new book,” he said.
Smith has been married to his wife, Morag, 48 years. Coincidentally, that’s the same number of years Green has been tied to Bernice.
“There’s a part in the book where I talk about if you placed an ad to try to replace your wife, what she does now, how would the ad be worded? And it was pretty scary, I mean, it’s 24 hours a day, there’s no pay,” the Toronto native said. “Good luck getting anybody to apply for that job.”
Taking Green on the road has been a blast for Smith.
“It’s just the most enjoyable experience of my whole career,” he said. “It’s just like being with a bunch of friends for a couple hours and enjoying the same type of sense of humor.”
Smith will bring the How to Do Everything Tour to Stranahan Theater at 7 p.m. April 11. Tickets are $50.
“People seem to have a Red Green in their family — an uncle or brother. I say that if you don’t have a Red Green in your family, it’s probably you,” he said and laughed. “I don’t think it’s a bad thing.”