The most recent trend in the travel show is to attach a comedy to it and there are so many – some serious, some spoofs, some that are the dynamics of an actual scripted comedy and others because they were one big practical joke! Travel Thursdays have just got bigger as we are now adding a comedic spin on it where we are looking at the comedian versus the travel.
Today we look at a show that is not just about travel but also the one thing that tends to go hand in hand with comedians – alcohol. Drinking Made Easy is a television series that started airing in 2010 on AXS TV. It follows host Zane Lamprey (a New York Comedian who has worked on several shows for Comedy Central, VH1 and Nickelodeon) as he travels around different parts of the USA and Canada exploring all the different cultures.
The main concept of the show is that Zane and his friend Steve McKenna go to a different location each episode and visit the local bars and breweries to sample the different types of alcohol available and local to that area. It is not just about sampling the drinks either – the guys learn to make cocktails, interview the locals, engage in local food competitions where Steve will eat a large portion of a signature dish and sometimes try and break a record at the said restaurant.
The show also has a historical focus with a segment were Marc Ryan will go to a brewery or distillery to find out more about its origins and hear its history as well as sampling the drinks they make.
The final part of the show format sees Zanes and Steve go head to head against a competitor in a sort of drinking game spin off called ‘Six Six-Pack Challenge’. The challenge us usually influenced by the area that they visit and they bet each other six six-packs in the outcome.
As well as being a travel show about drink, the television show cleverly doubles up as a drinking game with a number of rules that you can find by searching online. The show in total had three seasons and went to a number of different locations including Santa Fe, Florida, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boise.