‘Trailer Park Boys’ bring holiday antics to Masonic

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

The Canadian television series “Trailer Park Boys” follows the daily lives of foul-mouthed, degenerate adults — Ricky, Julian and Bubbles — who live in a trailer home community in Nova Scotia.

The mockumentary-style show, which debuted in 2001, is currently in production on its 10th season. The popularity of the characters’ antics — they’re regularly getting drunk, high and devising illegal schemes to make money — have also spawned a series of films and specials. A “Trailer Park Boys” podcast debuted over the summer and landed at the top of the Canadian iTunes chart.

The past few years the gang, which is almost always seen in character, has taken the show on the road to theaters across North America and Europe.

The latest tour, “Dear Santa Claus” hits the Masonic Temple on Saturday. It’s a holiday-themed stage show where well-meaning Bubbles (a vision-impaired cat lover) tries to spread Christmas cheer while Julian tries to make a quick buck off the holidays. Weed dealer Ricky just wants to meet Santa.

“I’m going to meet the real Santa and apologize for sucker-punching him last year in hopes to get some gifts this year,” says Ricky, played by Robb Wells. “I’m hoping for a car for my daughter Trinity and I was thinking like a big zoo animal like a giraffe for my grandson and fur coat for (Trinity’s mother) Lucy.”

Ex-con Julian, played by John Paul Tremblay, is more focused on making money, and says he’ll be hosting a “60/40 raffle” at Saturday’s show. Julian, who has an ever-present glass of rum and coke in his hand, says he’ll take the 60 percent because he’s “doing all the work.”

“I’m not greedy,” he explains from a tour stop in Toronto last week. “Someone’s going to leave with more cash than I’m making, almost. It’s pretty close.”

A recurring theme on the series is the guys’ struggle to get along with their landlord, Mr. Lahey. Fans of the show can expect to see the cantankerous alcoholic as part of the stage show, along with his shirtless assistant, Randy.

“At Christmas, we try to leave him alone as long as he leaves us alone,” says Ricky of Mr. Lahey. “But if he doesn’t leave us alone, then we’re not going to leave him alone. So it’s all up to him, it depends on how drunk he is, I guess. Julian got Randy to work for him and Lahey’s been following us around trying to get us arrested.”

Ricky says the guys usually hang around after the show and meet fans and pose for photos. Besides this holiday tour, fans can look forward to the 10th season of the show, which is scheduled to hit Netflix in early 2016.

Ricky, the show’s protagonist, says living in a trailer park is “the best way to grow up.”

“It’s like camping all year ’round. (If) you live in a condo or you live in a subdivision, you usually don’t know many of your neighbors and that kinda sucks. In a trailer park everyone knows each other, it’s like one big family.”



Trailer Park Boys

“Dear Santa Claus Tour”

7 p.m. Sat.

Masonic Temple

500 Temple, Detroit

Tickets: $29.50-$54.50

(800) 745-3000

“Trailer Park Boys” season nine available on Netflix