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Ryan Stiles: Thank God you're here, Captain Lounge Act.
—Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Superheroes
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.
- Jeremy and Ian from Barbie and the Diamond Castle.
Film (Live Action)
- Freddy Fredrickson, singer of the lounge hit "Mr. Downtown", in the movie That Thing You Do.
- A subplot in Ernest Goes to Camp concerns a Lethal Chef with Mad Scientist tendencies trying to perfect a dish called "Eggs Erroneous" (which doubles as high explosives). In The Stinger, he force-feeds the final batch to his assistant, who is transformed into a lounge singer.
- In Lost in Translation, Bob nearly hooks up with a female lounge singer.
Live Action Television
- Bill Murray's character, Nick, on Saturday Night Live is probably the quintessential portrayal of this.
- 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":
- Vic Fontaine in Star Trek Deep Space Nine is played by singer James Darren, and he sings pretty well. Too bad his singing was often used as blatant Padding.
- Lorne from Angel (not quite an actual lizard, but a green scaly demon). Unlike the aforementioned Vic Fontaine, he stole the show.
- This is the job of the main characters' mother in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. She does, however, dress fashionably for every show, is good looking, and is actually a good singer.
- One of these sings during the opening credits of The Fast Show.
- "Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine" is a band that plays many types of songs, including rock and metal, as if they're lounge music. It's all done for the lulz, of course.
- 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).
- Sockbaby. We don't know if Ronnie Cordova can sing, but he dresses the part.
- 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.