When pop art icon Andy Warhol said that every person in the future will have their 15 minutes of fame, he surely couldn’t have predicted just how prescient or salient his statement would quickly become. In today’s age of YouTube celebrity and Insta-fame, the search is always on for the next big thing. Acts are dismissed as passé as quickly as they’re touted as the hottest star of the moment. It’s not easy to keep up. There are some acts, though, that transcend the trends. The Blue Man Group is one of them – though its all-blue stage personas don’t exactly make the actors easy to forget anyway. Formed in 1991, the performance art company has packed out arenas the world over with its clever, creative stage productions which incorporate music, comedy and technology to explore themes around the modern condition. We sit down with the men behind the masks to talk about their upcoming Macau shows, how their performances transcend time and language barriers, and what it takes to become a Blue Man. Bear in mind here that we’re not just talking to one of the group, who usually appear as a trio. We’re talking to the collective entity… delicacies and drinks, together with plentiful of attractive and amusing arts & crafts, fashion accessories, superb performance and exciting interactive games, your eyes will be too busy to choose the favorite items to concentrate. 

Explain the Blue Man Group to the uninitiated among us…
The best way to describe the show is that it's a multimedia potpourri. It's kind of like a modern type of vaudeville because it is highly varied and doesn't stay in any one vibe for too long. It's comedy, music, design and pop culture as well as science and technology. We started working on the project when the internet and other digital technology was just beginning to take hold. We became interested in defining for ourselves what was essential to our humanity in the face of so much change – what about us would remain the same? What does it mean to live fully human beyond the need for food and water and other biological needs? Living in this question gave birth to the Blue Man character.

To what do you owe your incredible longevity?
The show takes place in real time – we're not taking you to another time or place. So the show must reflect the here and now. This means that the parts of the show that deal with pop culture and technology have to change and stay upto-date and resonate with the way we all live right now. We like to say that it's the show that has to change to stay the same. There are also sections and elements of the show that are timeless – the tribal drumming and things that are more primal in nature and some of the comedy is derived from the relationship between the three Blue Men. People talk about how they love to see these elements over and over again. It's not an experience that can ever be frozen in time.

How do you become a Blue Man?
We have a full time casting team that literally searches the world for performers who are the right fit for the role. They need to be rather uniform in physicality, with a height between 5'10 and 6'2. They need to be able to drum and to convey a range of emotion without speaking, of course. Where does a human end and a Blue Man start? The Blue Man embodies a kind of generic human – almost as if he's an amalgamation of us all. It's as if he is everything we are as humans – our intelligence, creativity and cognitive abilities, but without the neuroses we develop in our 70-some years of experience on Earth. As such, he's able to approach everything about our world and culture with completely fresh eyes. So the Blue Man is at once completely who we are and a complete outsider at the same time. We call him an outsider from within.

What role does irony play in your work?
Any irony in the show comes about due to the innocence of the character. This leads to surprising uses of things common to us – sugary, non-nutritious crunchy breakfast food in the eyes of the Blue Man is not food, but better used as a musical instrument, for example. Dramatic irony at times comes about because we in the audience know things about our culture and technology that the Blue Men do not.

What do you want audiences to take away from your show?
We don't really provide answers or make judgements. Our job as comedians and artists is to put a frame around things – to put up a mirror to ourselves. The show is highly interpretive, I think, so people take away a wide variety of things. We love it when an audience member talks thoughtfully about themes but we are equally as satisfied if someone talks about the beauty and spectacle of the show.

How do you think Hong Kong and Macau will respond to your work?
Every time we take the show to a new culture, people always point out ways that the audience will be different. So far, it has been most remarkable how similar people respond. The Blue Man is just as strange and the show is just as unusual in the US as it is anywhere else in the world. I think that it is a testament to the basic premise of the show and the character – that we are all basically the same as human beings.

Blue Man Group The Venetian Macao, Aug 11-28, +852 6333 6660; venetianmacao.com. Tickets from $380.