Friday night is looking pretty schwifty.
In conjunction with this week’s Live on King Street, featuring Colorado jam heads Sunsquabi, the “Rickmobile” is coming to Madison. Designed to look like the title character of the Adult Swim cartoon Rick and Morty, the Rickmobile is “a mobile shop with limited quantity merch” ranging from t-shirts and socks to exclusive Funko Pop figurines.
Better yet, Sunsquabi will be hosting a Rick and Morty costume contest, with the winner getting their picture taken onstage with the band. Now if you’ve had time to prepare, you’ve got nothing to worry about. But if you’re just finding out about this today — the day before — you might be in trouble.
Luckily, you’ve got me to help you out. Drawing whatever insight I can from multiple viewings of the show, I’ve put together a short list of last-minute Rick and Morty costumes.
The Smith Family
While much of the world of Rick and Morty is steeped in off-the-wall chaos, Morty and the rest of the Smiths are all relatively rooted in reality, at least from the outset. Because of this, dressing up as any member of the Smith family would be fairly easy to pull off. For Morty, a yellow shirt and jeans. A pink tank-top and white capris will do for Summer. As for Jerry and Beth, a green polo and jeans and a pink blouse and jeans, respectively. For bonus points, add literally any accessory to it and claim to be from a dimension where everyone wears said accessory. The dimensions are infinite, and so are the possibilities.
Sure, Mr. Poopybutthole is a little yellow humanoid who’s recovering from a horrific gunshot wound (thanks a lot, Beth!), but his wardrobe is pretty simple. Light blue shirt, grey or black shorts, and a top hat. Bonus points for adding an exorbitant amount of fake blood. Ooh-wee!
Ants in My Eyes Johnson
In the season one instant-classic episode “Rixty Minutes,” Rick jury-rigs the Smith family TV to show “interdimensional cable” — that is, cable from several different dimensions, resulting in batshit insane programming like “Two Brothers” and “Turbulent Juice.” One of these is an ad for a sweaty, stammering appliance salesman named Ants in My Eyes Johnson who can’t see his own product because of all the ants in his eyes. His yellow dress shirt and red tie are fairly easy to pull off, but the ants may prove a bit harder. My suggestion: tape or draw some plastic ants onto a pair of clear glasses.
In season three’s “Rickmancing the Stone,” Summer marries a post-apocalyptic badass named “Hemorrhage.” However, once Rick teaches them about renewable energy, the dystopia becomes much less dystopic. Accordingly, Hemorrhage becomes less of a badass and more of a slovenly oaf. To pull off his look, throw on some old sweatpants and a graphic tee you should have gotten rid of years ago. Pair it with a bucket with a skull drawn on it. Bonus points if you can pull off Hemorrhage’s sweet mustache.
There are dozens of great characters from the season two episode “Total Rickall” to dress up as — Photography Raptor, Mrs. Refrigerator, and Pencilvester all come to mind. But if you’re planning this last-minute, the best way to go is with Sleepy Gary, a pajama-clad man who’s actually just an alien parasite in disguise. Also, he’s Jerry’s lover. For this, just put on pajamas and a floppy nightcap. If you win, maybe you’ll get to see Chewbacca…