What are friends for? If you’re Bubbles, Ricky or Julian, aka the “Trailer Park Boys,” friends are for cursing you out, cheering you up and getting you into (and out of) trouble with the law.
The Canadian comedy series about the down-and-out misfits of Sunnyvale trailer park has grown into a worldwide hit. Now, in preparation for the show’s upcoming ninth season, the stars will take to the stage at the Mahalia Jackson on Feb. 25 as part of their “Still Drunk, High, and Unemployed Tour.”
“Trailer Park Boys” documents the lives and petty crimes of bespectacled cat-lover Bubbles (Mike Smith), the often homeless Ricky (Rob Wells) and schemer and tough guy Julian (John Paul Tremblay), who literally always has a rum and Coke in hand.
“It kind of reminds me of that show ‘Cops’, except the cameras are following us around instead of the police. That’s what I always thought of it as,” Smith said.
The fictional origins of the show’s mockumentary format come from an encounter Wells’ character Ricky had with a fortune teller.
“I was talking to this psychic and she told me I was gonna die soon. So I got these camera guys together to document my life before I died. … As long as the cameras still want to follow us, I’m game to do it forever, as long as people are still watching us,” Wells said.
Now eight seasons in and counting, the show has become a hit around the world. Bubbles confirmed that fame has in fact corrupted at least one member of the gang.
“As far as affecting anybody, Julian definitely walks around pretending he’s Clint Eastwood pretty much all the time now. …
“I had to put a bigger door on my shed so Julian could fit his ... head through there,” Smith said.
Not one to be left behind, Smith plans on using the live show at the Mahalia Jackson as a staging ground for his escape from the trailer park to Tinseltown.
“There’s a chance that I could get into a big Hollywood movie. I’ve just got to get a demo reel in to them, and I believe that I could really nail it. … I will be running the show because I need to shoot my demo reel and make sure nothing goes wrong. It’s all about me,” Smith said.
Meanwhile, Wells will take the stage to single-handedly reform the broken education system of this country and presumably all countries around the world.
“I don’t like the way the school system works right now. They fill your head with a bunch of big words and dumb numbers. They don’t teach you the stuff you really need to know about life, so I’m going to try to change all that. … As I get older and I’ve got grandsons and stuff showing up, you start realizing the world isn’t working so good. So I want to make it work better,” Wells said.
No matter how often they bicker or get one another arrested, the “Trailer Park” trio sticks around for the same reasons fans have: There is love there, underneath the crime and grime.
“We’re like family. We’re like brothers. We can piss each other off sometimes, but deep down inside, we love each other. So we’re kind of forced to deal with each other. If you strip away all the guns, dope and liquor, the show is basically about family and love. I think people could learn a lot from us,” Tremblay said.