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Trailer Park Boys: John Dunsworth aka ‘Mr. Lahey’ has a YouTube channel

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What comes to mind when you hear the word, “Renaissance?” Is it an age of gilded art and flourishing culture? Is it role playing nerds wearing puffy shirts and eating turkey legs? For me, the very first thing that comes to my mind is none of those things. The word Renaissance can be perfectly summed up in the form of one man, actor/artist John Dunsworth.

The work of this man came into my existence late last year and has marked me ever since. But it wasn’t just his talent as an actor, which is meticulous, but his actions as a person. Whether it is in interviews or even some of his interactions with his fans on his Facebook fan page, Dunsworth comes across incredibly real and warm. This is not your garden-variety talented actor, folks, this is a man whose background includes starting an alternative theater in the 1970’s and being not only politically active but also politically educated too. (There are few things more painful than having to read or hear the politically illiterate spew on about politics. You do not have to fear this when it comes to Dunsworth.) And face it, any man who can run around faux-drunk and in his undies on The Trailer Park Boys and then name check Antonin Artaud (the father of the Theatre of Cruelty & overall genius) is a man that is instantly my hero. In short, John Dunsworth is the man.

One of the more fascinating things about Dunsworth is how much he has whole-heartedly embraced the popularity of The Trailer Park Boys and his role as Jim Lahey, former police officer, current drunk and supervisor of the titular park. In addition to doing the occasional stage tour with Patrick Roach, who plays Lahey’s gut-blessed partner Randy on the show, he also released the now out-of-print “Dicshitnary,” a compendium of the many glorious ways one can incorporate the word “shit.” (Some nuggets from the Trailer Park Boys include “shit-rats,” a euphemism for cats, and my personal favorite, the “shitabyss,” which is exactly what it sounds like.) He even has his own YouTube channel, that includes anecdotes, assorted skits, cameos by his TPB cohorts and even a couple of appearances by Lahey himself.

John Dunsworth is a rare breed of a man and artist, one who is not afraid to be silly, surreal and smart, all in one fell swoop. One small example is this clip on his YouTube channel, where, while working on his boat, he talks about art, pop culture and the aforementioned Artaud, all in under two minutes. Enjoy!

Posted by Heather Drain
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06.26.2012
03:08 pm
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Send Bubbles from ‘Trailer Park Boys’ into outer space
03.30.2012
02:18 pm
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“Bubbles” (or rather Mike Smith, the actor who plays him) from the greatest Canadian television show of all time, Trailer Park Boys, wants to go to outer space. The Metro News in Toronto is holding a contest to put one of their readers into space and Smith wants to win.

Vote for him here. Let’s shoot this cocksucker into space! Bubbles has to win!
 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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03.30.2012
02:18 pm
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‘The Wire’ meets ‘The Trailer Park Boys’ (No, really!)
11.29.2010
04:19 pm
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Dangerous Minds pal, Steffen Schlachtenhaufen writes:

“My friend and I always thought it was strange that two of our favorite TV shows simultaneously had grocery cart pushing characters named “Bubbles.” A couple weeks ago we managed to get “Bubbles” from “The Wire” together with the actual Trailer Park Boys to see what would happen if their worlds collided.”

Two great tastes that taste great together: “I’m not changing my fuckin’ name, I’m Bubbles, not Goggles!”
 

 
If you watched this and you like it, please vote it up on Funny or Die!

Posted by Richard Metzger
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11.29.2010
04:19 pm
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The Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day
09.25.2009
02:28 pm
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If you happened to read my Boing Boing post on the Trailer Park Boys when I was guest blogging there in the Spring, you know that I loves my Trailer Park Boys and today here in the Dangerous Minds office, we are declaring it a holiday because THE NEW TRAILER PARK BOYS MOVIE WAS RELEASED TODAY.

They say you should never use all caps on the Internet because people think you are shouting, but I AM SHOUTING, DAMN IT, THERE IS A NEW TRAILER PARK BOYS MOVIE OUT TODAY. This marks the “end end” of the Boys as Canada’s greatest comedy franchise finally shuts down for good. I expect they’ll go out on a high note.

The only problem is, the movie is just released in Canada! You Canadian fucks get all the good shit and free health care, too.

If someone from the Alliance Films public relations office or the TPB’s camp wants to send me a review screener—hint, hint—please contact me here.

 


Thank you Gord Fynes!

Posted by Richard Metzger
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09.25.2009
02:28 pm
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