No instruments, no problem.
News flash: A cappella is hip! Leading this pack of cool is a quartet of friends, The Blanks, who appear on the worldwide syndicated television show Scrubs as "Ted's Band." In a case of life imitating art (or is it art imitating life?), the group was written into the script as a quartet of friends who like to sing a cappella music. Bizarre, huh? Group member Sam Lloyd played the recurring role of character "Ted Buckland" on all nine seasons of Scrubs on NBC and later ABC, now airing on Comedy Central, TV Land, WGN, and a host of other local/regional channels just in the US. Sam is joined by Paul F. Perry, George Miserlis and Philip McNiven. In 2004, The Blanks released their debut CD, "Riding the Wave" (Parody Records). In 2008 they began touring. In 2008 they also made shirts.
Based in Los Angeles, The Blanks perform and sing family‐friendly (cool) entertainment with plenty of (hip) musical and sketch comedy. They sing a cappella versions of popular TV show theme songs ranging from "Charles In Charge" to "Six Million Dollar Man," and commercial jingles like "By Mennen." They've put words to songs without lyrics, such as the "Good Old Days," the theme from The Little Rascals. The only instruments besides a ukulele you'll find on stage are talking toys ‐ that's right, four grown men who still play with action figures. Not ones to rest on their laurels nor teeter on the edge of rebellion and artistic bravado with their choice of deodorant commercials, the Blanks wrote some original numbers that sound like songs even they might want to cover! You haven't seen anything quite like it before. They love to sing, entertain and make people laugh, so their shows include skits, antics, choreography (the kind a 5-year old could memorize), talking toys as lead singers, and costume changes.
A note on the costume changes: they're not Cher, and they're not Madonna. Because… They're men! Men who sing. Men who dance. Men who'll make the milk you're drinking spray right out your nose with a funny glance.
To tell the story of the Blanks is to tell the tale of four unique individuals that didn't find each other through a reality show contest, Craigslist ads, Social Networking, or even the fallout of doomed bands fighting over the drummer's red M&M's (thus no drummer allowed). Asked individually if this was their dream gig, they might hesitate, but as a collective whole it's pretty clear that there was some cosmic kismet at work.
And as long as the kids dig it and the adults enjoy it, The Blanks will keep singing it….
"In a word - incredible. Every aspect of this show was utterly fantastic. Great performance - very theatrical and filled with comedy. And also it's definitely a SHOW not a concert. Well written, funny and of course sung and performed unbelievably well. A huge hit with my audience and with me." - John Hassig - Director, University of Wisconsin-Platteville 4/15/2010
"Just the right balance of self-aware nerdy cuteness, you can't help but snap your fingers along. And they're good -- as in Sweet Adeline's good. Believe it or not, they've been performing since before Scrubs existed. Their live show adds skits and dorky dance moves, talking toys and costume changes." [+ listed as one of the "3 Best Bets" in L.A. for 5/16] – LA Weekly - 5/16/09
"They were absolutely outstanding. I didn't expect the show to have a kind of 'story line' but it worked well with the transitions between songs being fluid and logical. It's just amazing to me how only FOUR men can all sing at the same time, in different keys, with different pacing and, at times, even different lyrics and still make it work. Most of the songs the guys sang were well-known yet they made them richer and NEWER with their FLAWLESS vocal layering." "The ticket giveaway was a success – all of the phone lines lit up right away!!" [+ featured in Weekend Beat on station's website] - Libby Kay, Majic 102.7FM Miami/Ft. Lauderdale 4/10
"I enjoyed the show immensely, but why wouldn't I? We all know that chicks dig 'young and hip' men who sing a cappella music. Hot."– Michigan Tech Lode - 10/8/08
"Besides their fabulous singing talents, they incorporate elements of that unique type of big-time NYC and Vegas-style pizzazz that can somehow meld families, college students, the most committed headbangers, Goths, country, classical and jazz fans all together into one enthusiastically happy audience. I'll never forget last night's show!"- Serni Solidarios, Talent Buyer – University of Puget Sound 11/08
"One show that consistently made me not only laugh out loud, but think about my twenty-two years of life is the glorious show Scrubs! During the eight seasons of intestine wrenching laughter, I began to notice a group of singers that always knew the perfect song to sing. I quickly jumped on Wiki and found out that the quartette was called The Blanks. I told you that to tell you this. (Imagine I'm riding a horse warning of an impending invasion) THE BLANKS ARE COMING! THE BLANKS ARE COMING! Not only are they coming to perform their own unique style of life entertainment, I will be interviewing them this Thursday. In light of this awesome experience, I would love to ask any questions you have for Sam (Ted) or the rest of the band. I have attached a link for all of you to go and listen to some of their stuff! www.youtube.com/theblanks4 (One more time for emphasis) THE BLANKS ARE COMING!"- Elgin Community College Blogger – 1/10/2010
"The Blanks are a tad off-center and poised to make entertainment history; just ask them. But, be prepared for a quick, witty repartee and a conversation that can go in multiple directions at the same time - sort of like a 'Scrubs' scene when the guys launch into a rendition of "Underdog" or "Speedracer" and somehow make it work with the story line. Guests who haven't previously tuned in to "Ted's Band" should be prepared to laugh out loud - and maybe even sing along. 'It may seem like we're doing improv comedy, but really we have the show all worked out - we're like a sleek Ferrari,' McNiven says in a deadpan voice that's laced with unheard laughter, making it impossible to determine whether he's serious or not. 'Audiences need to pay attention - every line has more than one meaning.' Lloyd agrees, never missing a beat in the syncopated rhythm between the two - filling in the blanks (pun intended). 'Double, triple, quadruple entendres,' he says with a laugh. That easy connection between each of The Blanks is what makes the group work, on stage and in front of television and motion picture cameras. All four enjoy successful, individual careers in addition to creating pitch-perfect harmony in their singing gigs."– The Morning Sun Time Out Section Cover Story 9/17/09
"The audience reaction was amazing, the energy was just huge – it was one of the loudest rounds of applause we've had to welcome anyone on stage in a very long time. The guys were great to work with. The meet and greet was phenomenal – it went on for well over an hour…."- Ben Richgruber, Exec. Director – Eau Claire Regional Arts Center
"If you watched the 'Scrubs' season finale on Wednesday this week, The Blanks sang an extended version of the theme song, 'I'm No Superman', during the extended credits and season wrap outtakes." – Laist.com – 5/11/09
"The Blanks, it would seem, form the perfect bridge between comedy and a cappella. Their humor is whimsical, occasionally corny, sometimes existential, full of excruciating puns… with a little bittersweet philosophy mixed in for additional flavor." – CASA.org, The Contemporary A Cappella Society – 9/13/09