The Boys are coming

Here’s a shocker: Puppetry isn’t really the Trailer Park Boys’ thing. But, despite their complete disinterest in anything Muppet-related, Ricky, Julian and Bubbles are forced to do cross-Canada puppet shows on the evils of alcohol and drugs — it’s part of their latest community service sentence.

The Trailer Park Boys: Ricky (Robb Wells)

Here’s a shocker: Puppetry isn’t really the Trailer Park Boys’ thing.

But, despite their complete disinterest in anything Muppet-related, Ricky, Julian and Bubbles are forced to do cross-Canada puppet shows on the evils of alcohol and drugs — it’s part of their latest community service sentence.

The three members of the popular TV mockumentary series Trailer Park Boys will stop at Red Deer’s Memorial Centre on Wednesday, Nov. 18, to perform a 75-minute live stage presentation called The Community Service Variety Show.

While their puppet extravaganza has a good chance of devolving into their usual fighting, partying and singing mayhem, the Trailer Park Boys will be appearing on stage with their cobbled together cloth creations — that somehow look remarkably like Ricky, Bubbles and Julian.

“I needle-pointed them together with all sorts of fabrics and yarns and trinkets and things,” admits Bubbles (who is really Mike Smith).

Julian (John Paul Tremblay) interjects, “I’m not doing it, I hate puppets!”

“Yes he will or I’ll boot him in the jewels,” says Bubbles, who refuses to return to the Big House.

It would mean leaving his beloved trailer parks and cats behind.

“I either have to find somebody to look after them, or leave a food mountain of 600 pounds of cat food. I have them trained to ration it out and not eat it at once.”

Besides, Bubbles confesses his puppet-making ordeal took a lot out of him. “I hot-glue-gunned my ‘bird’ to my leg by accident.”

Is he referring to some kind of feathered friend?

Bubbles responds, “No! My ‘bird’! My ‘unit’! My ‘lunchbox’!”

Yikes, that’s got to hurt.

“Oh, it did, believe me,” he confirms.

Julian, who’s never been to Red Deer, asks what he can expect to find here. When told Red Deer has a lot of parks, Julian says, “I don’t care about parks, how many bars are there and strip joints?”

But is that an appropriate question to be asking, considering the terms of his community sentence?

“I don’t believe in those terms,” Julian responds, adding that only people who drink too quickly become alcoholics.

“You’ve got to pace yourself.”

The Trailer Park Boys are once again seeing their anti-social, criminal antics on the big screen, with the release last month of a second movie, Countdown to Liquor Day.

Ricky is woken from a stupor by the question: “Are you three getting any proceeds from the film?”

“Julian completely screwed that up for us! He traded the film rights for 10 packs of cigarettes!” shouts Ricky (Robb Wells).

Julian counters that he was bamboozled by the “weirdo” film people, who threw 20 typed pages at him and expected him to sign on the bottom line.

“I was told it was a fair deal. I didn’t know I’d been screwed.”

There is silence for a moment.

Then Julian is asked how he and the boys are getting to Red Deer — by car, bus or hitchhiking?

“We’ll probably take some kind of ferry,” he says.

lmichelin@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Lacombe council seeking answers about policing cost overruns

Council surprised to find out about $240,000 policing budget shortfall

Red Deer fundraiser to help educate Somali orphans on May 11

The Mother’s Day event is for all ages

These blues will get you dancing: The Overdue Blues Band performs in Red Deer Saturday

Calgary’s Brother Ray Lemelin Band is also on Elks Lodge bill

Gardening: Time and effort key to buying garden plants

Greenhouses, garden centers and box stores are set to start selling bedding… Continue reading

Montreal native Nicholas Latifi off to solid start on Formula 2 race circuit

Practice makes perfect for Canadian Nicholas Latifi. The 23-year-old Montreal auto racer… Continue reading

Bruins victory over Leafs ensures an American team will hoist the Stanley Cup

TORONTO — Many NHL players were either not yet born or too… Continue reading

Swole, buzzy, among new words in Merriam-Webster dictionary

BOSTON — Get swole, prepare a bug-out bag, grab a go-cup and… Continue reading

Garner graces cover of People’s annual ‘Beautiful Issue’

NEW YORK — Jennifer Garner graces the front of this year’s “Beautiful… Continue reading

Updated: Joshua Arthur Sanford has been found, says RCMP

37-year-old Ponoka man last seen on Tuesday morning

Inspired by a galaxy far, far away, these ‘Star Wars’ mementos could be yours forever

CHICAGO —The stuff of “Star Wars” —and there is unfortunately no better… Continue reading

Shoppers Drug Mart launches second online medical pot portal in Alberta

TORONTO — Medical cannabis users in Alberta can now get their therapeutic… Continue reading

Most Read