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March 27, 2014

Red Green, the man with all the answers, comes to town on Tuesday

Niagara Gazette — In Red Green, alter ego of actor Steve Smith, men have found something of a comic confidante, by no means a superhero but a guy with a creative way of coping with life. He builds things, he has friends, he offers advice; he is something of a big brother willing to confide on the topics of what can, has, and will go wrong in a man’s life.

Back at North Tonawanda’s Riviera Theater for a live, on-stage show on Tuesday called “How to Do Everything,” Green, on this tour, concentrates on the topic of women, “advice not to men,” he said in an interview, “but explaining men to their wives. It’s a one-man show and I’m the man.”

Indeed he is. Green, or actually Smith, admits to being 68 years old and in a 48-year marriage. “The Red Green Show,” a staple of CBC and PBS broadcasting from 1991 to 2006 was something of a rural “Home Improvement,” with demonstrations, for example, of building things (like a children’s riding toy, made from a barstool, an old washing machine agitator and yards of that all-purpose fix-it, duct tape), interspersed with sit-down attempts to dispense a little wisdom about a man’s need for endurance, patience and whatever else is required these days.

So consider him a sensible but slightly crackpot older relative, ready to shield you from error and explain the joys in life lessons learned in making a few mistakes along the way.

The 32-city tour is also in support of a new book, “Red Green’s Guide to Women (For Men Who Don’t Read Instructions), with all new material. A stand-up, on-stage storyteller “cannot do his greatest hits. It’s one hundred percent new,” he said.

Smith, the actor, is practically a Buffalo guy. Born in Toronto, the exactly 300 episodes of the television show were produced at CHCH-TV in Hamilton, Ont., his longtime hometown. He knows a few things about Buffalo.

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