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Ryan Stiles: Thank God you're here, Captain Lounge Act.

Colin Mochrie (puts on smarmy face): Have you ever felt it as hot as this. It's amazing, isn't it? And where are you from?

Greg Proops: There's no time for that! The temperature's getting too hot! Can't you see?

Colin Mochrie (singing horribly off key): It's too hot!
Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Superheroes

For decades, clubs and hotel and airport lounges have hired singers for entertainment. In the 1960s and 1970s, a lot of them incorporated the jazzy style of singers like those in the Rat Pack.

Now according to Sturgeon's Law, some were better at this than others.

In the world of fiction, not only does that 90% rule apply, but it seems that lounges give this job almost exclusively to people (sometimes Casanova Wannabes) who are not only insufferably smarmy, but their fashion sense seems to have a bet with their singing to see which can be more godawful.

Some standards for this character include The Love Boat theme.

Yet this seems to be mostly that way in comedy, where it's meant to be a caricature. A club singer who simply appears in the background will likely be much better than you'd expect in real life.

Examples of Lounge Lizard include:

Comic Books

Film (Animated)

Film (Live Action)

Live Action Television

  • Bill Murray's character, Nick, on Saturday Night Live is probably the quintessential portrayal of this.
    • Think it isn't possible to murder the Star Wars theme? Think again.
    • In another episode, Murray wore a leisure suit that matched the wallpaper.
  • Occasionally turns up in the "greatest hits" game on Whose Line Is It Anyway?. The page quote is from "Superheroes", and other games dip into it on occasion, like "Scenes From A Hat":


    • Pat Boone did an album like this in 1997 (titled "In A Metal Mood: No More Mr Nice Guy") which angered his long-time fans, but is hilarious otherwise. His covers of "Crazy Train" and "Holy Diver" have to be heard to be believed.
  • The term lends its name and music style to the satirical band The Austin Lounge Lizards.

Stand Up Comedy

  • Andy Kaufman's Alter Ego Acting character Tony Clifton is a particularly repellent version. Since Andy always presented/claimed him as a separate person, Tony engendered true hatred from audiences who didn't know he was a character (which was Kaufman's goal).

Web Original

  • Sockbaby. We don't know if Ronnie Cordova can sing, but he dresses the part.

Western Animation

  • The DuckTales episode "The Uncrashable Hindentanic" was a pastiche of 1970s disaster films, complete with an actual lizard being a lounge lizard.
  • Subverted in Rocko's Modern Life, where Filburt turns out to be a fairly good singer - though he is a turtle, not a lizard.
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