Carry On, Wayward Sons of Sunnyvale….

Posted: October 27, 2010 in events, TV

Last Thursday night was incredible, as my younger brother and I sat and watched three Canadian TV icons perform at TCU Place in Saskatoon.

Specifically, we watched the Trailer Park Boys take the stage in a two-hour show.

Dubbed “The Ricky, Julian and Bubbles Drunk, High and Unemployed Tour”, Canada’s favorite drinking, smoking, swearing, dope-growing boys out of Nova Scotia put on a show that can only be described as a live and in-person version of the original TV show.

The premise of the comedy act is that all the guys are broke and looking for ways to make money; not that different from any past seasons of the show. Ricky wants to open a school to teach people about growing dope, Julian lowers his standards way, WAY down and photos are shown of him working for Randy, but Bubbles’s way of trying to hit it big is pretty much the running theme of the live show.

What Bubbles is trying to do is put together an audition tape for an upcoming project by Jackie Chan, and to do that he gets Ricky and Julian to help him stage reenactments of Apollo 13, play Are You Smarter Than A First Grader? with audience members and host Bubbles Idol with more people in the crowd.

I won’t go into so much detail, but overall the show was a fucking blast. It’s a great mix of character acting on the part of Ricky, Julian and Bubbles, audience participation and comedy that is 100% uniquely Canadian and true to Trailer Park Boys.

Among the highlights:

– Ricky getting a piss jug stuck to his hand at the start of the show
– Julian’s 400,000th moneymaking idea: selling BBQ hot dogs to audience members that were willing to part with their $10
– Ricky’s answers during Are You Smarter Than a First Grader?
– Julian working the camcorder during the game and focusing in on one girl’s ‘ample assets’

Just an amazing show and all three guys have to be commended for their hard work.

But the best part was afterward, as Brendon and I made our way behind TCU Place and waited with a group of about 20 other fans to meet the guys.

Mike Smith & myself

Sure enough, Mike Smith (Bubbles) was the first one out and I managed to grab a photo with him. I will say that even though he was gracious, easy to talk to and more than willing to pose for photos and sign autographs, I got the feeling that Smith is ready to put the Bubbles character on the shelf permanently. Perhaps he’s come across enough people in the past that don’t decipher Mike from Bubbles and expect him to be that kitty-loving, googley-eyed bastard outside the show. To him, it’s a character and nothing more. I respect that though, cuz the biggest fear out of playing a well-known TV character for nine years is that you’ll be typecast in the future.

John Paul Tremblay, myself and Robb Wells

Admittedly, I’m a bigger fan of Ricky and Julian so when Robb Wells and John Paul Tremblay came out and started meeting people, I was psyched and completely marking out. Nevertheless, I kept my cool when meeting the pair and both guys signed my Scarface cap I was wearing. And of course, the photo I took with the guys will be the coolest image I’ll have ever taken part in, unless The Undertaker or Wes Craven is cool with a photo op someday. Robb and John were very friendly, approachable and down to earth guys and they seem genuinely grateful for all the success that they’ve had with Trailer Park Boys over the years. Julian particularly liked my Scarface cap and he wanted to make sure he signed big next to Tony Montana’s head.

Overall, it was a very cool night that started with a very funny comedy show and ended with a meet and greet with three of my all-time favorite TV characters. Definitely one for the record books, folks!

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