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Trailer Park Boys Go From Screen to Stage

Tuesday, May 31 at The Egyptian Theatre

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That phrase, or something much like it, has been bandied about town since notice that the Trailer Park Boys--John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells and Mike Smith--will be performing live on the Egyptian Theatre stage on Tuesday, May 31. It's a weird phrase to describe something so impossibly great and something that even the most diehard fan never expected to see. But for those in the know, it's incredibly apt.

Trailer Park Boys is a Canadian television mockumentary, which ran from 2001 to 2008. It's set in the Sunnyvale Trailer Park and focuses on three characters: Julian (Tremblay), Ricky (Wells) and Bubbles (Smith), three guys who have lived in the park and been friends since they were kids. Julian, who is never without a rum and Coke in his hand, is the dark, handsome ringleader; Ricky is the numskull with no book smarts but street smarts galore; and Bubbles, with his super-thick glasses and odd way of speaking, is usually the voice of reason.

The boys spend their time growing dope, getting drunk, inventing money-making scams, getting Cory (Cory Bowles) and Trevor (Michael Jackson) to do their dirty work (be their "jail cover") and trying to stay out of the way of trailer park supervisor Jim Lahey (John Dunsworth) and his cheeseburger-eating assistant Randy (Patrick Roach). Most importantly, they try--and generally fail--to stay out of jail.

The show was originally not available in the United States and the inaccessibility made it a cult favorite. Now, three years after the series ended, its availability on Netflix has opened the show up to a whole new audience.

After 56 episodes, two movies and a Christmas special, the boys are banking on that popularity and taking all the craziness that is TPB on the road with their new live show, The Drunk, High and Unemployed Tour. In typical form, the boys are each hatching a plan: Bubbles is trying to break into films, Julian has a scam to beat all scams, and Ricky has plans to "change the world." The show in Boise had the highest number of pre-sales of any other market on the tour so far, which means TPB fans are coming out in force. It's going to be a shitnami no matter what the boys do.