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Red Green's Wit and Wisdom Tour
WHERE: Clay Center
WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.orgCHARLESTON, W.Va. --Six years ago, after 300 episodes of "The Red Green Show," Steve Smith, the guy who created the eponymous, irascible handyman, decided to call it a day. After 15 years of playing Red on Canadian and Public Television, the 65-year-old retired.
Smith, who returns to Charleston as Red Green for the Wit and Wisdom tour, said, "Yeah, I hung it up, went to Florida and played 162 rounds of golf in 180 days."
One of those rounds of golf was with the head of book publisher Random House. Smith said he was made an offer he could scarcely turn down.
"He said if I wanted to write anything as Red Green, they'd publish it."
Smith had already written a couple of books, including "Red Green's Duct Tape is Not Enough: A Humorous Guide to Midlife" and "We're All In This Together," his biography.
Writing those books, however, was more of a chore.
"I was always writing when I was doing the show, and it was a lot of work," he said. "But [now] I wasn't doing anything and it sounded like fun.
"Plus I thought if I said no, he'll never ask again!"
The first book he wrote post-Red Green was "How To Do Everything: (From The Man Who Should Know)." Smith called the book "pretty successful," but said part of the business of getting the book published meant he had to go out and promote it.
Usually, he said, authors are asked to make public appearances and sign copies of the book. Smith opted to take the book out on tour with him as part of a one-man show.
Things just snowballed from there, and Smith was back in the Red Green business.
"It was a little like sticking your toe in the water," he said. "The next thing you know, you're up to your neck."