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Hi, I'm Zane Lamprey and I drink and travel the world for a living on TV, AMA

Nov 24th 2014 by ZaneLamprey • 48 Questions • 1136 Points

Edit:

Thank you everyone! I had great time answering your questions. I tried to get to as many as possible! Sorry if the answers were too brief or if I didn't get to your question.

I'll hop on here later this week to answer a few more!

I hope you tune in to National Geographic Channel tonight at 10:30pm (9:30CT)!

Cheers!

Zane

Chug Monday Nights at 10:30pm on NatGeo Channel

The Drinking Jacket

Monkey Rum

Cheers Reddit!

I am Zane Lamprey and I drink and travel for a living. You may know me from my past shows Three Sheets and Drinking Made Easy, but now I am happy to say that I will be at it again with my new show Chug which is premiering tonight at 10:30pm on National Geographic Channel.

Proof

I had a blast answering your questions last year when we were raising money for Chug on Kickstarter. Thanks to the help of Reddit and the fans, Chug was able to reach its goal and become the first ever crowdfunded television show! Woohoo.

For those who don't know me, I have been to over 60 countries with the purpose of exploring the local drinking cultures and imbibing exotic drinks. I've enjoyed everything from extremely over-priced champagne to liquor with dead animals (snakes, scorpions, etc) in it.

I also make drinking apparel from time-to-time and have a new kickstarter for The Drinking Jacket: The Ultimate Drinking Accessory.

I'll be answering questions over the next few hours so AMA.

Cheers!

Q:

Hey Zane, would you ever do an episode of Drunk History?

A:

Yes! I'd love to. I love that show.


Q:

What's the most effective hangover remedy you've come across(and don't say moderation)?

A:

Moderation.

No! It's herbal tea. I had it in Jamaica. I think you can also get it in Colorado. It is good for the hangover - but makes you useless for the day!


Q:

Thoughts on the new show coming out called: Booze Traveler on The Travel Channel?

A:

It's aggravating that Travel Channel didn't give Three Sheets a shot, passed on Chug, and then came out with a show that's basically Three Sheets... If I didn't have Chug coming out, I would be livid. But, since NatGeo has been so amazing, and I'm confident in Chug, I'm more like "Bring it on!!!"


Q:

Hey Zane, Thanks for doing this! Huge fan of “Three Sheets and “Drinking made easy”. I was pretty bummed when the shows didn’t get renewed. Couple quick questions: Is traveling the world and getting trashed as glorious as I hope? What are some outrageous stories behind the scenes making these shows? What was the reasoning the shows did not get renewed? Thanks man, I truly miss your stuff.

A:

Thank you! Well, yes, it is glorious - in that I get to visit so many exotic places. But it is work... But I am drinking while I'm working... So, yes, it IS glorious!

The shows didn't get renewed simply because the networks Three Sheets and Drinking Made Easy were on went away.


Q:

I just wanted to thank you for the Belize episode of Three Sheets! Because of you I had viper rum and my wife had stinger rum on our honeymoon. 9 months later we had our first kid.

Any favorite highlights from that episode?

A:

Haha. That's what I do? How is baby Zane???


Q:

Hey Zane!

Big fan of yours. Will you be doing any meetups in any cities in the near future? Zane Patrick's Day?

A:

Yes! I'll be doing some Monkey Rum events in the future. I'm not sure about the other holiday events... But I am planning on going on tour next summer as well!


Q:

I used to watch your show on HDnet when I had to get up to feed the baby. Did you get any crap for being the only show that didn't have a bunch of boobs on it all the time? I'm pretty sure you were on between the Girls Gone Wild reality show and the chick that interviewed porn stars.

A:

Ah, yes, most of the late night content on HDNet was a little risqué. But we found out that most people DVR'd Drinking Made Easy anyway, so it didn't matter what shows we were sandwiched between.


Q:

Thanks for doing this. I see you have a kickstarter for a drinking jacket. Can you convince my wife that its not going "to be a cheap hoodie" so I can buy a few for Christmas gifts this year?

A:

It's very much not a "cheap" hoodie. I made a prototype of it a few years ago. I loved it so much that I wanted a grey one. I was wearing it when I went to visit the Kickstarter office and they convinced me to Kickstart it because they wanted one for themselves. So, it's first a hoodie that I wear and love, and second a "novelty" hoodie. I love mine. It's a quality hoodie.


Q:

Hey Zane! When can I get some Monkey Rum in the midwest?

A:

Not yet. We're rolling out slow and steady. I've seen too many companies get too big too fast. So, we're rolling out in NYC (last summer), CA and FL. Illinois will be next - probably this summer. Thank you!


Q:

Hi Zane! Huge fan since Three Sheets and I ordered my fiancé a drinking jacket for Christmas last week. What's your favorite drink EVER? Will you have drinking jackets for women? And did you basically invent rumchata in your Barcelona episode of Three Sheets? Happy holidays man!!!

A:

Thank you! theDrinkingJacket is unisex.

Did I basically invent rumchata? I don't remember. I was drinking a lot.

Happy Holidays!


Q:

What's the worst thing you had to drink?

A:

Gaoliang in Tai Pei that was infused with snake penises! HORRIBLE!


Q:

Glad to see you here - I was a kickstarter/funder, and am actually randomly wearing a Pleepleus polo as I write this.

You filmed an hour worth of material in each location - how hard was it to cut them to 30 mins?

A:

NatGeo cut the episodes from an hour to a half hour. To be honest, I think it was pretty easy. It was difficult to see some moments cut from the show, but they more-or-less cut entire scenes. So, the process was easy, but it was only slightly painful to see the result. Thankfully we can still put the hour-long eps on the DVDs.


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A:

Sure! But you have to convince Steve, not me!


Q:

Hi Zane, looking forward to Chug!
1. Do you need any more beer stickers?
2. What are your thoughts on the consistent growth of breweries/craft beer industry in the US?
3. How do you feel about gimmicky beers (Hey, check out smoked goat brain beer! Look! Sriracha Stout!)

A:

Always! I love beer stickers! Inzane Entertainment 11908 Ventura Blvd. Ste 200 Los Angeles, CA 91604

I love the craft beer "movement" and don't see it slowing down any time soon. Not while I'm drinking it!

I get companies trying to do something to stand out. In a way, everything's a gimmick. It's just seen as a bad gimmick when it doesn't work!


Q:

Zane, NBC has just called and asked to make a sitcom based on your life. Who plays you? Who plays Steve?

A:

I play me. Zach Galifianakis plays Steve.


Q:

Was there an episode you couldn't finish filming because of being intoxicated?

A:

Nope! I power through!


Q:

ZANE!!!! We met when you were in Sacramento about 6 months ago. It was at The Red Rabbit. You were looking for dog for your wife. Did you guys end up getting it??? And how is he or she doing???

A:

We did! I just posted a photo of him on twitter/facebook


Q:

I recently read an article on The Washington Post that stated the top ten percent of Americans who drink, drink around 74 drinks PER WEEK. Do you think this is accurate? Would you say that you average this?

A:

I absolutely do not. I don't get that. Unless I'm oblivious to the world around me, I'd say it's unlikely that 10% of drinkers drink more than 10 drinks a day...


Q:

Big fan. Met you when you filmed DME in Atlanta. My question is, have you taken any of the sommelier or cicerone certification tests?

A:

I haven't. But, I'd love to. I'm just too busy. Aside from Chug, Monkey Rum, and my Kickstarter theDrinkingJacket.com I'm also executive producing some non-drinking shows.


Q:

Hey Zane so stoked for Chug, wanted to know if the podcast is ever coming back?

A:

We recorded a podcast to go along with every episode of Chug. So, there will be podcasts for the next six weeks and then we'll decide it we'll keep it going. Ultimately it never made money... And I have employees to pay, so that is a crucial reason for why we put that on hold.


Q:

What is your personal favorite beer/drink? And if from a specific bar..where is it? P.S. Did you ever know that you're my hero?

A:

Well, it sounds like a corporate answer, but I love Monkey Rum - that's what I made it. You can get it at a lot of places in NYC. Three Monkeys bar in Manhattan has it!

Thank you!


Q:

Zane,

What's the best bartending or alcohol related MacGuyver moment you had on or off camera?

A:

I love sharing stuff. I sabered a beer bottle with a fork. That's pretty dammed MacGuyver!


Q:

Hey Zane,

One of my family members recently had a baby and named it Zane partly due to being huge fans of Three Sheets. Does this kind of fan experience happen often for you?

P.S: I'm also a huge fan. Been watching since the MOJO days (season 1 of Three Sheets), and I still watch the old episodes on Hulu.

A:

Haha. Yes, I've heard that a lot. But I credit the name, not the man!

Thank you! Watch tonight. You'll love it!

NatGeo @ 10:30pm


Q:

Hi Zane, How did you like your experience in s. Korea on 3 sheets?

A:

I LOVED Seoul. I want a reason to back there.


Q:

Hey Zane! Why was Marc Ryan off the show before the end of Drinking Made Easy?

A:

He needed to spread his wings.


Q:

What was your first real craft beer you consumed that got you turned on to embrace craft beer and all it has to offer? What is your go-to non-alcoholic beverage of choice?

A:

If Sam Adams counts, they that was my gateway beer.

I like Kombucha....


Q:

Drunkest episode of "three sheets?"

A:

All...


Q:

CHUG! Hey Zane, when are you coming to Detroit? This is one hell of a drinking town that you need to make a stop at.

A:

Drinking Made Easy season four! If it happens.


Q:

What's the most unusual drink you've ever had?

A:

Anything with something dead floating in it - dead snakes, geckos, frogs, an armadillo. Drinking that will change a man!


Q:

Hi Zane! I love your shows and am currently working on the DVD collections of both DME and Three Sheets. You've explored a lot of places where they showed you how to make their alcohols - which one was the most unique or interesting compared to the straight-forward processes of making beer, liquor, or wine?

 

Also, how do you get Steve to show up to so much stuff when he's got a "real" job?

 

Thanks for being awesome!

A:

Well, the "toddy" which is on Chug tonight is simple BUT interesting. They hang a bucket of coconut water outside over night and the natural yeast in the air ferments it to the strength of beer in a few hours.

Wouldn't YOU leave your real job for a bit to help me out???


Q:

Hey Zane! What ended up being the best hangover cure during the Three Sheets era?

A:

Marijuana tea in Jamaica... mon.


Q:

Any chances you go back on tour again? I caught your show I Minneapolis twice.

Also, will the hour long version of Chug dvds go on sale sometime?

A:

Thank you! I'm going on tour this summer!

The DVDs are on pre-sale now at Chug.tv


Q:

Zane! Big fan of Three Sheets, pretty sure I've seen every episode and I have introduced many new fans to your show. Just wanted to ask you if you would try some Snake Liquor again, if it were offered to you? Follow up question: Want to come over and drink some Snake Liquor?

A:

I have some Viper Rum here in my office. I made DJ Paul from Three-6 Mafia drink it. I joined him. It was horrible.


Q:

Zane! Long time fan buddy, even caught your HOB show in Chicago couple years back. Speaking of, when the heck can we get some Monkey Rum in The Windy City?! Dying to try it!

A:

This summer! Thank you!


Q:

Where would you say Steve McKenna is on the evolutionary scale?

A:

He's above monkeys.... most of them.


Q:

Zane!! Can't wait for CHUG! Drinking Made Easy and Three Sheets were great What do you think of all these other drinking shows now popping up ?

A:

It's funny. The timing especially. I don't know what to think. I guess want to beat them. (in the ratings, not with a stick)


Q:

Zane I loved "Thre Sheets" and I can't wait to see "Chug." What is your go to beverage of choice after a long day? Is it always the same, or do you like to mix it up? You seem like a cool guy to get a beer or twenty with.

A:

Rum & Cola... Or any of the craft beer I have in my fridge.

I'm a cool guy to drink with between #3 and #8.


Q:

Hey Zane! With your experience with foreign liquors, is there a possibility of you producing and distributing those is the US?

Also a huge thank you for introducing me to Pleepleus, now I never drink alone!

edit - Also where can I send my resume?

A:

Will I bring my rum, Monkey Rum, international? Yes, but only after it's firmly established in the US. Thank you! Send your resume to Pleepleus!


Q:

Zane, What's the most awkward/uncomfortable drinking custom you've had to participate in?

A:

Getting naked an jumping in a fjord in Denmark.... sober. Who does that sober?!?!?


Q:

Hey Zane, big fan since Three Sheets. What can we expect out of the new show?

A:

I hope it's a continuation of where we left off in Three Sheets. A little wiser, but just as fun.


Q:

Thanks for doing the AMA Zane as well as all the good shows. I'm curious, when just hanging out at the house, do you find yourself drinking craft beers more or do you stick to something like the Bud, Coors, or Miller?

A:

I drink everything. I'm not a craft beer snob. My fridge is impressively stocked with all kinds of beers.


Q:

Hey Zane,

Long time watcher, big time drinker... thanks to you and the folks at Drinking Made Easy, I always check out a few of the places you guys visited when I travel - some great spots!

My favourite is the The Buena Vista in San Fran, not sure why.. probably because it was my first visit on my own DME tour ;)

No real question, just wanted to say thanks and I look forward to watching Chug!

OK fine, here's one - whats your favourite bar/place you visited on DME ?

A:

Thanks. I loved the spiked coffee there and have been back since. I don't have a favorite location. I just like a good vibe. Buena Vista had a good vibe.


Q:

Your Three Sheets episode about Prague has me all hyped up to go there. Any other good tips for the city if I manage to get the wife to give me a weeklong pass?

A:

Prague is wonderful. Go to the castle. Other than that, the Three Sheets locations are great. I revisited them last year. I love Prague!


Q:

Craft beer enthusiast and big fan! Since asking what your favorite beer of all time is just isn't enough, what are beers that really stood out for you? Best tasting, weirdest ingredients, and brewing process? Also, if you could pick one country to drink beer from, who would it be and why?

A:

That's too tough - or would take an hour to answer. I LOVE craft beer. I was very impressed with the craft beer scene in Vienna, and ever Rome, when shooting Chug!


Q:

Zane, I was a HUGE fan of Three Sheets. It was seriously one of the best shows ever made. Thanks for making it.

My question... How many different Pleepleus' have there been?

A:

I tried to have only one, but like the General Lee (Dukes of Hazard), there have been many!


Q:

Hey Zane! Huge fan of Three Sheets, Drinking Made Easy, and proud contributor to the Chug kickstarter campaign!

My question: Do you continue to observe any of the drinking customs that you've picked up through your travels? If so, which ones? Also, do you stay in touch with Mark Cuban anymore?

A:

I do often drink things that I've had in my travels. Last night I went to a Greek restaurant and had Ouzo.

Yes, I say in touch with Mark. He's fun to drink with!


Q:

Hey Zane, I don't have a question, but I just wanted to say thank you for the years of entertainment you've been giving us and I wish for many more! The team you've put together has gotten your format of show down to a science and it's incredibly entertaining to watch. I've been a fan since you were on INHD, and I even came to see your Drinking Made Easy tour when it came to Indianapolis! I was so excited to be able to be a Kickstarter of CHUG, and equally as excited when NatGeo picked it up so that so many more people can see it!

Egészségedre!

Ooo I do have a question — is there a way to buy the behind-the-scenes videos to CHUG since I already have the six episodes from the Kickstarter?

A:

Thank you!!!

Egészségedre!

The Behind the Scenes episode is on the DVD, which you can get at Chug.tv


Q:

Hey there! Loved Drinking Made Easy and am excited for Chug! What is your favorite place to have a drink in Boston?

A:

Arrrrrhgh! Too many choices. I love drinking in Boston!