Greater Tuna is the first play in a series of four starring Jaston Williams and Joe Sears, who between them play at least twenty-four different characters.
Greater Tuna shows us what goes on in the day-to-day life of the many characters, but focuses the most on the chaotic family of one Bertha Bumiller. Other recurring characters of note include Vera Carp, leader of the Smut-Snatchers of the New Order, Petey Fisk of the Greater Tuna Humane Society, Arles Struvie and Thurston Wheelis of Radio Station OKKK, and Didi Snavely of Didi's Used Weapons.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Charlene Beaumiller.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Petey Fisk, R.R. Snaveley, and pretty much the rest of the town.
- Cloudcuckooland: Tuna itself.
- The Dog Bites Back: When it's revealed that Stanley killed the Judge.
- Duck: Mentioned briefly by Petey Fisk in a speech about ducks.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: A few characters, but as the whole thing is two guys with costumes, a table, a couple of chairs, and an old radio set, it's to be expected.
- Sibling Rivalry: Stanley and Charlene.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Meta example. Mr. Sears and Mr. Williams (or whoever else is on stage) spend more time portraying the women of Tuna as they do the men. And it's awesome.
- Against My Religion: Played straight and Subverted
- Alien Abduction: R.R. Snavely. He hesitates for a second or two, then wholeheartedly sprints to the waiting UFO to escape his horrible wife.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Aunt Pearl, Dixie Deberry, and Didi Snavely's mother are the Christmas Phantom.
- Rich Bitch: Vera Carp: "Normally, I'd pay the theater's light bill, but Lord, times are so hard. W.H. and I could barely afford new cars this year."
- Scarily Competent Tracker: Leonard Childer's wife. "She could track a flea across a pane of glass."
- Granola Girls: Star Birdfeather and Amber Windchime.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Bertha's husband Hank, leaving her free to marry Arles.