Three things are vital: staying out of jail, making a little dough, and the pursuit of pleasure. Sure, there are more noble aims, like spiritual fulfillment or getting the right hair color, but these are the basics, the lettuce tomato and onion on the hoagie of life. But when your skill set is limited to procuring dope and terrorizing the trailer park supervisor, and your résumé highlights range from petty larcenies to low-grade felonies while maintaining a blood-alcohol level of 1.0, well, that's when things get hilarious. The misadventures of delightful dimwit Ricky, hardass Julian and Bubbles the cat lover in the fictional Sunnyvale Trailer Park make for one of the lewdest, crudest hit television shows ever created, Trailer Park Boys. Sunnyvale is a magical place where shit is an all-purpose prefix and the law consists of supervisor Jim Lahey, who is usually more intoxicated than his tenants, and his sidekick, Randy, who doesn't own a shirt. The show deals with a variety of important societal issues, like the merits of sleeping in your car and why you shouldn't keep a pet mountain lion with a drug addiction. The mockumentary series has spawned a few films and a rabid global audience who can't get enough of the ad-libbed skullduggery -- which is why the Trailer Park Boys: Drunk, High and Unemployed live tour is still going strong after a year and change. The Boys stop by the Roberts Orpheum Theatre (416 North Ninth Street; 314-588-0388 or www.robertsorpheum.com) at 8 p.m. this evening, and this time around Julian has an idea that will change the world, Ricky will reveal yet another get-rich-quick scheme, and Bubbles will be dropping knowledge as only he can, two bong rips shy of complete cognitive collapse. Reliable as a nasty case of herpes, the boys are back and cashing in on the long-tail fame of Netflix instant streaming. Tickets are $27.50 to $40.
Sat., June 11, 2011