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May 29th, 2000

Tom Green’s Nuts

I’ll admit, Tom Green makes me laugh. And when I heard that he had testicular cancer, I was really curious to see how he’d deal with it. Surely, a disease like that changes your perspective on everything, your outlook on life. But how would it affect the man who was famous for interviewing people with a microphone that had feces on the end of it?

Well, it did affect his life. Apparently, he was deeply depressed and quite scared (in addition to having one of his testicles removed, he had to have his lymph nodes removed as well). But, he dealt with it the best way he knew how: he documented it on film in classic Tom Green style and set up a research fund called “The Tom Green’s Nuts Fund.”

I watched the hour-long special the other day and I was impressed with the delicate balance between disgusting humor (sidekick Glenn holding Tom’s removed testicle in a baggie proclaiming, “I can’t believe I’m holding Tom’s balls!”) and informational instruction (how to check oneself for warning signs). It’s not easy to deal with such a sensative, but important, subject on a station that’s geared towards short-attention spanned teenagers who probably don’t think much about cancer, even though this cancer typically strikes men between ages 16 and 35.

I guess Tom said it best in his latest musical masterpiece, debuted on this show:

Rub your balls,
So you don’t get cancer.
Rub your balls,
Squeeze your balls,
Tease your balls,
Please your balls.


Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: Robert
DATE: Monday May 29, 2000 -- 11:44:57AM
I saw a bit of it and I was amazed at what MTV was allowing itself to broadcast. Normally they're the most retarded network casting its feces on the masses. But for the nuts special, they took a step back and let things go up to that edge because it was all in the name of something serious. Applause to them, for once.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Monday May 29, 2000 -- 12:55:43AM
Man, that special was incredible - simultanously funny, disturbing, and disgusting. That's television.

Back when Tom announced this, I wasn't convinced he was full of truth serum - I thought he might be trying to pull a Kaufmanesque stunt. Obviously I missed the call on that (and I liked how he alluded to this in the special, too.)

FROM: The Juggler
DATE: Friday February 22, 2002 -- 7:06:22 pm
Can you pleas e-mail the lyrics to "Rub your balls". // the juggler. PS: Tom Green rules! DS.

FROM: lula jackson
DATE: Monday December 15, 2003 -- 7:12:34 pm

DATE: Saturday April 17, 2004 -- 4:04:19 pm
I have 13 balls

FROM: Boobs [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday May 6, 2004 -- 7:53:27 pm
my balls are being sucked by your mom

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 2:26:19 pm

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 2:26:20 pm

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