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Red Green's How To Do Everything Tour stops at Living Sky Casino on Oct. 1

Steve Smith will be bringing his one-man show Red Green's How To Do Everything (From the Man who should know) to the Living Sky Casino stage on Oct. 1.

After a successful first foray onto the road, Steve Smith is embarking on a second North American one-man tour with Red Green's How To Do Everything Tour which launches next week.

Red Green (aka Steve Smith) will bring his humorous view of things to the Living Sky Casino on Oct. 1 for a 7 p.m. show. He made his Living Sky Casino debut in Sept. 2011 during his Wit and Wisdom Tour, but he promises totally new material for his return stop.

"When this promoter wanted to do another tour I said to him, 'OK, but it has to be all new stuff. I'm not a musician. I can't do my greatest hits - remember this one you laughed at 10 years ago?" Smith said during a recent phone interview.

"It seemed like a good idea at the time, but then when you've got to start from zero and to go 90 minutes it's a bit of a job," he said of the writing process to get ready for a tour which will take him to 29 Canadian cities from Sept. 19 to Nov. 1. He then tackles an extensive US tour in 2014.

Despite the fact that the last episode of the Red Green Show was filmed seven years ago, Smith continues to enjoy the opportunity to tour and bring his Red Green character to live audiences.

"It really is fun. I think I can say this is the most fun part of my life to be honest with you… it's something that's just pure joy."

His debut tour gave him the inspiration to return to the road for a second time.

"It was just a whole lot of fun. I was absolutely surprised at how much I enjoyed it. In fact it's the most enjoyable experience of my career, doing these one-man shows."

In gearing up for the new tour, Smith had to be cautious not to mix his own sense of humour and Red Green's outlook on things.

"I have to be careful of that. I wrote this whole new show, I wrote the whole thing, and then what I do is everyday I go into my garage and I do the show in my garage," he explained. "I do it in character, and there's things that Red just doesn't say that I had written down, and he just changes them. So it very much has to be filtered by the character. I had to be doing the character to really know what he would say."

He notes that his brand of humour touches a note with a lot of people for a variety of reasons.

"People probably have a Red Green in their family that they kind of like, so I kind of remind them of an uncle or father or brother or something. Then another aspect is there's no 'f-bombs', you're not going to be cringing in your seat."

As a family-friendly performer, he recalls that The Red Green Show was a rare family viewing opportunity, with the characters appealing to everybody from children to seniors.

"A lot of girls will say to me that they kind of grew up and this is the one show they watched with their dad every week. That's kind of neat."

Between the two tours, Smith had a chance to write his third Red Green book, Red Green's Beginners Guide to Women (For Men Who Don't Read Instructions). He finished the book on New Year's Eve, with his material fine-tuned from the reactions to his live performances.

He admits to having had fun with this chance to jot down his knowledge, or lack thereof.

When asked if the book contains good advice, he commented "Well, you know, it's advice. I think the good advice is clear and the other advise is even clearer," he laughed.

"If your wife's having a hot flash, don't try to use her as a pool heater."

With these two new Red Green projects, one couldn't help but ask when he would be releasing a Red Green movie to follow up 2002's Red Green's Duct Tape Forever.

"I tell people if they want another Red Green movie to watch the existing one backwards, it has a different ending," he said with a chuckle.

Because of his dedicated fan base, Smith hopes to connect with his fans during his Swift Current concert.

"I feel like I have a constituency. There are people like me out there in the world, and we know we're a little bit odd, and sometimes we just need to get together once every couple of years just to reaffirm that we're not the only ones like this. I think that most people that come to my show think they'll be the only ones there. I know I do."

For more information on tickets contact the Living Sky Casino at 306-778-5759 or order online at http://tickets.siga.sk.ca.

Geographic location: Swift Current, Canada

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