John Dunsworth and Patrick Roach are taking their Sunnyvale Trailer Park experience on the road.
Better known as Jim 'Mr. Lahey' and Randy in the popular Canadian mockumentary television series Trailer Park Boys, Roach and Dunsworth have two stops in Ontario - including an adult-only show at Sammy Krenshaw's on Saturday, Sept. 10 - before heading south of the border.
Tickets were more than half sold out earlier this week, said Ben Andress from Blacktop Records in Tillsonburg, and VIP tickets sold out. General admission tickets can be purchased online (OurEvent.ca), at Sammy Krenshaw's, or Advanced Cellular Bell Store (event sponsor) at The Town Centre mall. Labatt's is also an event sponsor.
"There's a few tickets left," Andress noted.
"We also have a couple radio stations on board giving away tickets - CHRW in London (94.9 - Radio Western), CFRU in Guelph (93.3 University of Guelph), and Classic Rock Free FM (98.1 - London). So if people don't get a chance to purchase one before they sell out, there's a couple chances to grab them."
Capacity at Sammy's is 233, said Andress. General admission tickets are $20 in advance. There will also be a Meet and Greet with Randy and Lahey for an extra $20, available at their merchandise table.
"These guys (The Randy and Lahey Show) have a pretty big North American tour lined up. The only Canadian dates are this one in Tillsonburg, and I believe one in Collingwood. It looks like the rest is across the United States. So it's kind of cool that we got to snag them before they leave on that tour."
A hot dog eating contest will also be held Saturday night at Sammy's as a warm-up event at 6:30 p.m. with a $10 entry fee. You get a full refund if you eat 20 hot dogs in 10 minutes, with a first-place prize of $50 (and VIP with Lahey).
"They're going to be throwing a 'Dirty Burger' on the menu Saturday," said Andress. "It definitely relates to Trailer Park Boys. We have a few surprises for the show, too.
Doors open for the show at 7:30 p.m. The 90-minute Randy and Lahey Show starts at 9 p.m.
"I think we're going to have a local comedian come out to get the crowd amped up before," said Andress.
"Even if all the advanced tickets sell out, there's going to be a handful of general admission tickets available at the door for $25. So first come, first serve. For people who want to do the Meet and Greet (including photo op and autographs), I suggest they show up early."
The Randy and Lahey Show
The Randy and Lahey show, as promoted in their media release, is a "silly, sexist, drunken hour and a half of songs and skits, audience participation, profanity, Shakespeare, and general hilarity. Over the past eight years it has developed into the fastest moving two-man show in the known universe.
"From Newfoundland to Vancouver Island several hundred thousand people have thrilled to Randy and Lahey's shennanigins. It's a constantly moving showcase of two television icons who pull no punches. The innocent honesty of an out-of-control drunken ex-cop Trailer Park Supervisor and his side-kick Randy-bo-bandy, the cheeseburger eating ex male prostitute, weekend Trailer Park Supervisor is pants-pissing humour at its warmest.
"The show itself is roughly based on the TV series and movies, but being live, it necessitates a different format and "different" is the operative word. There is nothing like it anywhere. It's music and mayhem. What more could a room full of fun seekers want?
"Randy and Lahey can do a toned down version but why bother?" they ask. "It's no fun that way. In other words... adult audiences only."
Trailer Park Boys started on Showcase from 2001-2008, then moved to Netflix in 2014-16 for Season 8 through 10, with 11 on the way.
"Every time I'm in the States and I mention I'm from Canada, a lot of people mention 'Trailer Park Boys - you know those guys?'" Andress laughed. "Now with them on Netflix, it kind of extended their reach even more, which is kind of cool.
"It's kind of neat to see them in character," said Andress, looking forward to Saturday's show at Sammy's (51 Broadway, Tillsonburg). "A lot of it's sketch comedy, and from what I'm aware of some scene re-enactments, improv, a lot of audience involvement - they bring folks up on stage. It's going to be a really good night of laughs and drinking.
"They're pretty big on the college circuit - I saw them at Niagara College a few years ago. Everyone loved it.
"I think everyone knows a guy like that, or has been in a situation like that, or heard a story like that... as silly as the show is, you know a guy like that. Maybe their crazy uncle. Maybe their neighbour. That one guy who's coming up with schemes to make money or whatever. I think that's why it's really relatable. The things they say and do... it hits a chord. It's very, very Canadiana, for sure. Those guys are definitely putting our country on the map - and it's cool to have this show in our small town."