It’s a Blue Man’s world, and the rest of us just live in it.
The quirky trio, whose stage antics involving everything from Twinkies to pyrotechnics are as colorful as their cobalt blue makeup, are celebrating their 25th anniversary with a world tour and a new book, “Blue Man World” (Black Dog & Leventhal, $24.99), which came out last week. Since the Blue Men don’t speak, don’t expect a typical show-biz biography. Instead, the book takes an eccentric, tongue-in-blue-cheek look at the Blue Man Group, treating the trio as an alternate life form from normal humans and penned in the style of a mock anthropological study.
Here are five burning questions about the Blue Man Group — founded by pals Chris Wink, Phil Stanton and Matt Goldman — that you may have. Just don’t expect too many definitive answers.
WHO ARE THE BLUE MEN? The book claims the origins of the bald and the beautiful trio are unknown, though they first burst upon the streets of New York City in 1991 and “took on a mysterious role in our own culture.”
WHERE DID THEY COME FROM? The book presents a humorous timeline charting Zelig-like Blue Man Group sightings throughout history from cave paintings in 15,000 B.C. to dabbling with artist Jackson Pollock in 1950.
HOW DO THEY HEAR? The guys seemingly have no ears, but the book supposes that their entire body acts as a sensory receptor “allowing them to absorb extrasensory data about the world around them.”
DO THEY EAT LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE? While nutritious foods like Cap’n Crunch play a part in the group’s act, “Blue Man World” suggests that they don’t consume food as typical humans do. “It’s possible they survive on far different or far greater things than what we call ‘nutrients,’ ” the book states.
WHAT DO BLUE MEN LOOK LIKE WITHOUT MAKEUP? For the answer, turn immediately to page 202.