For those who don’t know what Trailer Park Boys is, it’s an irreverent mockumentary comedy series from the mind of Mike Clattenburg that follows the criminal misbehaviors of best friends Ricky (Robb Wells), Julian (John Paul Tremblay) and Bubbles (Mike Smith). The characters, Ricky specifically, are typically high and their criminal plans are hatched with limited intelligence. Each season some sort of new and hilarious criminal enterprise scheme is the central plot and usually ends with the boys serving yet another prison sentence. As the title suggests, it takes place in Sunnyvale Trailer Park located in the foreign but familiar land of Nova Scotia.
I fell into the world of Trailer Park Boys through a drunk and high multiple season binge watching session. While I knew what I was watching was pure comedy, the reality TV feel combined with a cast that is so believably perfect in their respective roles made me forget I was watching fiction and fully sucked me in.Their live performance was pretty much an extension of that world.
Within minutes of the trio reaching The Orpheum’s stage, I again forgot that I was watching fictional characters and it felt like Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles were just real dudes. On stage, the three carried a camera, with the overall plot surrounding Bubbles trying to capture a talent reel of himself through a series of failed attempts. The performance never really extended beyond the basic set-up, and a variety of set pieces played out over the some what long two hour plus runtime. One of my favorite bits was Julian opening up a pop-up burger shop on stage and selling them using a George Foreman grill. We later find out during a Skype call with two other cast members, Trailer Park Supervisor Jim Lahey and his shirtless assistant/gay lover Randy, that the grill was in fact stolen from the burger loving Randy. There were also several other bits, involving the Ricky, Julian and a increasingly horny Bubbles ogling over a big-breasted audience women in a feeble attempt to get laid. Ultimately, the show ends with Bubbles’ last attempt to capture some worthy footage with a triumphant performance of “Closer to the Heart” with none other than Skid Row‘s Sebastian Bach.
For fans of the show, seeing Trailer Park Boys live is a no-brainer if you can get tickets, although I think the show could be cut by a solid 30-45 minutes. However, if you have never seen the show, or are not high, I would suggest you do one of those two activities first, and then decide if Trailer Park Boys is right for you. All 8 seasons, plus the upcoming season 9 (drops March 27), can be viewed on Netflix.