By TOM CHESEK
The last time the world heard from the Trailer Park Boys, the trio of petty criminals, backsliding lowlifes and substance abusers was more or less secured within their natural habitat: behind bars, and lashing out against the media attention that helped make their mugshots a household brand in dozens of countries.
It was a fitting valedictory for Julian (John Paul Tremblay), Ricky (Robb Wells) and Bubbles (Mike Smith), the characters who evolved (so to speak) from several low-budget film projects by Canadian writer and director Mike Clattenburg.
Dedicated to the mantra get rich, get high, and stay out of jail; navigating life at Nova Scotias Sunnyvale Trailer Park with a work ethic, a moral code and an F-bombed vocabulary that made our own Jay and Silent Bob look like Frasier and Niles, the Boys spent seven seasons as the stars of their own mockumentary TV series an international cult hit seen Stateside by DirecTV subscribers.
The series that ended in 2008 think COPS times Sunny divided by The Office gave noisy birth to two theatrically released feature films, an all new TV vehicle for the three actors (The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Hour), and several live appearance tours, the latest of which rolls into Red Banks Count Basie Theatre this Friday night, May 11.