Comedian and duct tape-artisan Red Green to perform at Stephens Auditorum


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Steve Smith, better known as his duct tape-loving stage persona, Red Green, will be performing at Stephens Auditorium on April 17. 

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During what could be his comedic swan song, legendary long-time Canadian-American funny man Red Green is stopping by Ames on April 17 for a performance in Stephens Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Steve Smith, better known as title character of “The Red Green Show” and leader of Possum Lodge, has been making laughs since 1979 when he started on “Smith & Smith,” a sketch comedy series starring Smith and his wife. Since then, he’s either written, produced or starred in many more comedy shows such as “Me & Max,” “Laughing Matters” and “Top Cops.”

“The Red Green Show” started in 1991 and ran for 15 seasons with 305 episodes. Sitting somewhere between a sketch and a sitcom, the show draws on parody comedy that makes fun of home improvement, D.I.Y., fishing and other outdoors shows.

It was centered around handyman Red himself and the often-hilarious shortcuts to his projects. His favorite of which is duct tape, or what he likes to call “the handyman’s secret weapon.”

This show attracted about a million viewers a week, according to CBC Television and has a fan club with around 100,000 members. On the end of the show, Smith had stated that he wouldn’t miss being Red Green. 

“It’s been so great, honestly,” Smith said in an interview with the Hamilton Spectator. “It’s all positive memories for me, and if I felt sad, it would be kind of like I’m greedy, that I wanted more of that. I don’t think there is more. I don’t think there could be more, and I sure don’t need more or expect more.”

However, since the end of the show, Smith has gone on three tours as Red from 2013 to 2016 and it seems he is picking up the mantle yet again for his “This Could Be It” tour, introducing it in classic Red Green fashion saying, “If you’ve ever wanted to see me live, or see if I still was alive, I’m doing a brand new one-man show.”

He will be touring both America in the spring and Canada in the fall for what could be his last time on stage. 

This one man show mixes together the comedy style of Red Green and Steve Smith, with sections on new handyman projects, advice to men of all ages, what he’s learned from getting old and Red’s final wish to all of his fans.

Rough, gruff and hilariously endearing, Red’s handyman humor takes the stage for what may be the last time. So, if you plan on going, don’t forget to bring your duct tape.

Tickets start at $59 and are available through the Stephens Auditorium’s box office, online at or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Doors will open at 6 p.m.