HERE’S THE DEAL ON THE BLUE DUDES

    Culled from the Internet, here is a treasury of trivia about the Blue Man Group, which is the first act I can recall to sell out six shows on three consecutive days at San Bernardino’s California Theatre.

  •   It takes a Blue Man approximately one hour to get in costume for the show. The Blue Men wear grease paint over latex bald caps on their heads. The paint never dries. This effect allows the Blue Men to maintain that wet gooey look throughout the show.

     

  •  Concerts can be messy. There’s plenty of paint and other material being thrown around. Spectators are urged to dress casually. Those in the first few rows are given protective ponchos to wear. It’s called the “Poncho Section.”

  • The original three members of Blue Man Group  are Chris Wink, Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton. Today there are more than 60 members of the Blue Man Group, who appear in shows around the world.

  • Not all members of the Blue Man Group are men. Some are women.

  • The performers never speak, sing or make any vocal sounds on stage. The shows include backup musicians, and many pop stars have taken a turn, including Tracy Bonham, Dave Matthews and Gavin Rossdale.

  •  The group once appeared in orange paint instead of blue, in a commercial for a soft drink called Mirinda.

  •  The trio achieved widespread visibility when it appeared in an Intel advertising campaign for Pentium III and Pentium 4 CPUs as well as Centrino technology.

   

  •  The Blue Man Group once appeared in local TV ads for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.
  •   In 2003, Blue Man Group played both days of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio. They are still the only act to  play multiple days of the festival in the same year.   
  •  On July 4, 2007, Blue Man Group performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra.

   

  •  The Blue Man Group organization has licensed two different musical instruments for kids, manufactured by Toy Quest, based on existing Blue Man creations: “Blue Man Group Percussion Tubes” and “Blue Man Group Keyboard Experience.”

   

  • The Blue Man Group has appeared on TV’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Live with Regis and Kelly,” “Arrested Development” and “The Drew Carey Show.” In 2004 the trio appeared in an episode of the drama “Las Vegas” in the Blue Men trashed a casino hotel, shooting money from PVC pipes in the lobby.

  • The group is a favorite on TV’s animated “Simpsons” series. The trio was parodied on a “Simpsons” episode titled “Jazzy and the Pussycats,” where Bart threw a ball into one member’s mouth in a church. Also, they appear in a couch gag in the episode titled “The Old Man and the Key.” In the 12th season episode titled “Trilogy of Error,” Homer describes the Blue Man Group as “a total ripoff of The Smurfs.” Also, in “The Ziff Who Came to Dinner,” Homer — on the verge of being arrested — desperately pleads, “Don’t tell my kids I’m going to jail. Tell them I joined the Blue Man Group. I’m the fat one!”