At a time when many shows are struggling to reach a second season, the Canadian dummy sitcom Trailer park boys quietly churned out season after season for over two decades. The long-running series, which premiered in 2001, chronicles the misadventures of the residents of a fictional trailer park in Nova Scotia and their colorful cast of neighbors, allies, enemies, celebrity guests and friends. ‘law application.
Now encompassing 13 seasons, three movies, an animated series, an international touring show, and a myriad of other spinoffs, Trailer park boys has an upcoming special to celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada. The Great Canadian Donair Turkey Day Feast will begin on October 10 and will feature Trailer park boys directs Ricky, Bubbles, and Julian (aka actors Robb Wells, Mike Smith, and John Paul Tremblay, respectively) preparing a “donair turkey” while hosting a nine-hour marathon of episodes of the show.
With The Great Canadian Donair Turkey Day Feast on the calendar and the multiple seasons of the Trailer park boys available now and coming to various platforms soon, the guys at Sunnyvale Trailer Park are busy. Even so, the trio found time to talk to Digital Trends (as on-screen characters) about the upcoming Trailer park boys special, Canadian Thanksgiving, their live performances and new seasons hosted on the SwearNet streaming platform, and how they ended up taking a trip to space.
Digital Trends: Guys, you guys have been doing this show for over 20 years now. Why do you think people like it so much?
Ricky: I have no idea. It’s a bit strange.
Bubbles: Well, I think it’s just because they see us on TV and they’re like, I wish I could be like those guys because they don’t care.
Julian: Yeah, basically. Also, Ricky does a lot of stupid things, and it’s good to laugh at stupid things.
Bubbles: Well, that is entertaining.
Ricky: And it doesn’t take much to be happy. I think people learn a lot from it.
You have big plans for Thanksgiving, but for all Americans, what makes Canadian Thanksgiving different from the American version?
Ricky: It’s only three days instead of four. What kind of shit.
Bubbles: You always party at least seven days anyway, Ricky.
Ricky: Well, true. We don’t have big sales in stores like they do in the US, which kinda sucks too.
Bubbles: That’s not what this is about, Ricky.
Julian: What are you buying anyway? Usually you just steal shit.
Bubbles: But he likes to steal things that are on sale!
Fair enough. We can see you making turkey donair at Thanksgiving. How does a donair turkey differ from a standard turkey?
Bubbles: Oh, there is absolutely nothing alike between a donair turkey and a real turkey.
Ricky: We basically have to make the donair meat and then shape it into a turkey. So it’s not really a turkey, I guess. But it looks like it.
Bubbles: A real turkey is an animal that ran around. The donair turkey never ran everywhere.
Julian: He comes from a cow, Bubbles.
Bubbles: I say! But he never ran around in the form of a turkey!
Julian: It’s still a cow, Bubs.
Ricky: It would be cool if there was such an animal, though.
Bubbles: A donair turkey? Are you going hunting? That would be great. You [could] grab it and take a bite of it. Dip it in the sauce.
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There’s going to be a marathon of your SwearNet show on Thanksgiving while you cook the turkey. Do you have any favorite episodes that you can’t wait to see?
Bubbles: I wonder if they’ll show when you kidnapped Alex Lifeson from Rush.
Ricky: It wasn’t a kidnapping. It was a loan.
Bubbles: Same thing, Ricky.
Julian: You do not have to borrow people, Rick.
Bubbles: And he went against his will!
Ricky: He was a nice man, however, in the end. I thought he was an asshole, but he’s actually fine.
Bubbles: Oh, he’s a good pal of ours now. Hope they show that one.
Julian: Oh, and Snoop Dogg – we’re starting to do business with him. It was a good one, too.
Ricky: I hope they don’t show anything to do with Conky.
Bubbles: Hope they show Conky. I forgot that. These are from years ago!
What will the rest of the park do while you prepare the turkey? What do you think Randy will do?
Ricky: They better not come knocking here, I know that. I hope they do their own thing.
Julian: Randy will definitely show up. He’ll smell the donair turkey at the end of the road. He will be here.
Bubbles: I don’t think he will. He’s got a bunch of guys coming over and they’re cooking a cheeseburger turkey, from what I hear. I don’t think he’ll show up here. He’s got a lot of guys coming over for Thanksgiving.
Ricky: Were those the signs I saw for the Speedo party?
Bubbles: Yes! It’s at Randy’s!
Ricky: Are you going, Julian?
Julian: No, Ricky, I’m not going.
Seeing the mail you’ve received from fans on the SwearNet show is great. Is there anything you wish fans would send more – or maybe less of?
Julian: More alcohol. More drugs.
Bubbles: Money is good!
Julian: Money is a great gift.
Ricky: There was some weird sex stuff. We could probably get less, maybe.
Julian: Fewer dildos and anal plugs. We had quite a few.
Ricky: Although they all seem to be getting used to…
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You’ve been doing gigs for a while, traveling around the world. How did you live this experience?
Bubbles: Oh, fantastic. We’ve been doing it for years all over the world, actually. We went to Australia to do this…
Julian: Scandinavian countries…
Bubbles: New Zealand… all over Europe…
Ricky: The response was crazy, actually. I had no idea we had so many fans all over the world.
Bubbles: I think the biggest gig we ever did was in Norway, right?
Julian: Two nights sold out, yeah.
Bubbles: Two nights in a big giant theatre!
What’s different about doing the shows for you guys?
Ricky: Oh, that’s totally different. It also depends a lot on the level of buzz we have. You never know what you are going to get.
Bubbles: Yeah, we’ve done gigs when we don’t even remember being on stage.
Julian: [Sometimes] there are people passing out drunk in the audience, and you have to go and wake them up and stuff.
Bubbles: It happened in Ireland.
Bubbles, how has your musical career been?
Bubbles: Fantastic. I have my band, Bubbles and the Shitrockers, and we’re going to put out an album and stuff like that.
For anyone who discovered your show on Netflix, what’s different about the SwearNet show?
Bubbles: It’s really fast with different clips. Basically, it’s for people who are really stoned.
Julian: Yeah, if you’re sitting around playing poker or something, it’s good to have something like that on TV. Like, background stuff, right?
Ricky: Yeah, those are like five-minute tracks…
Julian: …and it all smashed together, yeah.
Bubbles: People’s brains today, they don’t have attention spans, so you have to keep cutting clips short. Eventually, it will only be a flashing image. This is what people will get used to. But [the Swearnet show] is short little clips, just to get you in the groove, and then boom, you’re on a new one.
We got to see you animated on the SwearNet show. How was it?
Bubbles: Yeah, the whole thing was kinda terrifying to me, you know, being mushroom…
Ricky: We did a lot of fun stuff, though. We’ve been to space and all kinds of crazy stuff.
Julian: It was mostly in our brains, Ricky, because we were so stoned. We haven’t really been to space.
Ricky: Well, that felt real enough to me.
Shout! Factory TV and Trailer Park Boys’ The Great Canadian Donair Turkey Day Feast begins Oct. 10 at 11 a.m. PT and can be viewed on TrailerParkBoys.tv, YouTube, and the Trailer Park Boys Twitch channel.