By Jared Curtis
Sing the booze
Comedian dedicates entire show to songs about booze
Comedian Zane Lamprey has a unique perspective on alcohol. In the past he hosted “Three Sheets,” a TV show that ran on a number of different stations (most notably The Travel Channel) and featured Lamprey seeking out numerous bars across the world. Think of it as a version of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” but instead of exploring restaurants and sampling food, he’s bellying up at bars and tipping back their finest alcoholic beverage. Now he hosts “Drinking Made Easy,” a similar show on HDNet. While on the “Drinking Made Easy” tour last year, Lamprey noticed that audiences enjoyed the entire comedy show, but they really came to life when he performed songs about drinking. So when he was preparing to hit the road this time around, performing songs seemed like a no-brainer.
“The last tour was all stand-up and very methodical. But I realized I was always excited to get to the songs in the set because the audiences’ energy always picked up,” Lamprey said. “So I knew the next time I hit the road, I wanted to perform songs.”
“Sing The Booze” is a musical journey through alcohol, featuring booze-based songs, as well as intoxicating stories. Lamprey’s friend, Steve McKenna, joins him onstage to warm up the crowd.
“Steve and I have been buddies forever. Not only is he my sidekick in the show, he’s my sidekick in life,” Lamprey laughs. “He comes out first, tells a few stories and explains the rules of the show.”
The rules turn the show into a giant, audience-wide drinking game.
“It’s so much fun, and the audience really gets into it,” Lamprey said. “One of the rules involves our tour mascot, Pleepleus. Every time he appears in the show, whoever yells his name first gets to make someone else drink.”
Lamprey worked on the songs with his house band, The JusTones, and a number of the songs are available for free on Lamprey’s website, www.zanelamprey.com.
“I put them up on my site for free so people can hear them before they come to the show,” he said. “It makes for a much better experience when we can all sing along.”
The comical songs highlight a number of things familiar with nightlife dwellers. One song, “My Buddy Steve,” talks about “all the dumb things McKenna does when he drinks,” while “The Booze Song” features a number of alcohol brand names peppered throughout. Lamprey’s funniest song, “Tits McGee,” is about drinking at a crappy bar because the bartender is so hot.
“When we set down to the write the songs, some of them were really tough. But a song like ‘Tits McGee’ wrote itself because it’s a relatable situation,” he said. “The songs build throughout the show, raising the energy and catering to the audience as they become more intoxicated.”
No matter your vice, one thing is for sure — fun will be had during the “Sing The Booze” tour.
“It’s kind of like ‘Unplugged’ meets ‘Storytellers’ with comedy,” Lamprey said. “Get ready for a night of funny stories, songs about drinking and good times.” CV
Caption: Comedian Zane Lamprey brings his “Sing The Booze” tour to People’s Court on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25, available through www.midwestix.com.