Meet the hosts of my new favorite two shows: Man vs. Food and Three Sheets. Adam Richman (left, above) hosts Man vs. Food on the Travel Channel where in each episode he travels to a different city, stops by a couple of local joints to eat some junk food, then finishes each episode with a cringe-inducing food challenge, such as eating a 8 lb. giant hamburger or eating 20 super hot wings in 20 minutes. Most of the time he wins the challenge, and it makes me almost throw up watching him. Yet, I cannot look away. (Fellow Travel Channel host/chef Anthony Bourdain was recently quoted as asking someone at the network, “”Did this guy sign a 30-page liability waiver? You’re going to kill this guy!”) I’ve also noticed that he seems to have gained a considerable amount of weight between seasons this year, although he claims to work out twice a day while on the road and wear the same size pants as when he auditioned. Not sure I’m buying that. Coming in 2011: Man vs. Echocardiogram.
Zane Lamprey hosts the fun and informative Three Sheets on the FLN Network (I know: the what network? Never heard of it before this show…) where in each episode he travels to a different country, stops by a couple of joints to drink different alcoholic drinks that the region is known for, then ends each episode showing us all the fun he had while getting drunk during each trip, like drinking marijuana in Jamacia and lots of champagne in France. The difference is the Three Sheets show actually teaches you something about the region and/or the drink being consumed, so at the end of the episode you feel like your learning something instead of like on Man vs. Food where you feel dirty for watching a man stuff 10 lbs of food down his gullet. I’m sure you can figure out which one of these jobs I would like to have.
Frankly, I think they should just combine these two shows into an hour-long glut-fest of drinking and eating. Kind of like Thanksgiving every episode! Zane could drink until he passes out, and Adam could give us lessons on how they put together the 6 lb burrito he just ate. Although Zane is cuter, Adam is funnier, so together they could be the perfect host.
And put it on a network I’ve heard of… are you listening Bravo?