Lamprey Celebrates 'Drinking' on DVD29 Aug, 2011 By: Chris Tribbey
Ask most men, and they’ll tell you: Zane Lamprey has the best job on Earth.
The comedian and host of the Spike TV international pub-crawl series “Three Sheets” went domestic for his latest set of alcoholic adventures, hitting top American bars, all in the name of finding the best drinks out there, in the 24-episode HDNet series “Drinking Made Easy.”
It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.
“I’m no longer surprised by any of the reactions I get to what I do,” Lamprey said. “I constantly hear: ‘Man, that’s your job?’ Yes. Yes it is.” Magnolia Home Entertainment releases the first season as a four-DVD set Oct. 4 (order date Sept. 6) at $29.98.
Oh, there’s work involved: Lamprey and barstool pals Steve McKenna and Marc Ryan spent 80 days on the road filming the series, covering 53 cities, 26 states and nearly 10,000 miles. They shot the show during the day, did live stand-up comedy during the nights, and found time to sleep and sober up somewhere in between.
“We only drink the way we drink when we’re working,” Lamprey said, adding that he gets his liver checked out at least once a year now. “Hopefully it serves a purpose.”
Apparently it does: “Drinking Made Easy” and “Three Sheets” have become the go-to guides for where to drink and what to order when you get there.
“Drinking Made Easy” earned the 2011 People’s Choice Telly Award, and a Tasty Award for Best Drink Program on TV. The competition for that latter one wasn’t too steep, Lamprey admitted.
“We do a lot of preparation before every show, and our intent was to vet the appropriate places and tell everyone where the best drinks are,” Lamprey said. “I think we succeeded.”
Count Randy Wells, VP of Magnolia Home Entertainment, among the fans of the series.
“Zane is truly one of the most entertaining and charismatic personalities on TV,” he said. “The show is absolutely hilarious and highly addictive. All it takes is one episode and you’re an instant fan.”
The DVD includes outtakes and commentaries for each episode recorded by Lamprey and his pals. Lamprey said recording the commentaries was more challenging than expected.
“There was one we recorded in a hotel room in Savannah, [Georgia], and they kept bringing us shots from downstairs, turned it into a party,” Lamprey said. “I listened to it later, and it was an absolute mess. We kept it.”