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These Veteran Entertainers Think It's Time For a Very Funny Show About Cruising!

Hilarious comedy, amazing performances, blue skies, blue water and five guys and a puppet.

ORLANDO, Fla., July 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Veteran stand-up comedian and cruise ship headliner Tom Drake says the idea for a television show about entertainers on cruise ships came to him while watching American Idol.


"I was watching the show and one of the judges, the man who has never bought a shirt with a collar, was critiquing a singer and commented that the singer's talent could possibly get him a job on a cruise ship". It was not meant as a compliment and Drake felt that the suggestion was both unfair and not true. He says "the truth is that some of the most talented entertainers in show business are now performing on cruise ships because that is where the people are, that is where the beautiful theaters are and bottom line, that is where the money is".

It was then that he thought maybe there should be a competition for entertainers performing at sea so viewers would have an opportunity to judge the quality of those entertainers. Further, he thought if the show could be filmed onboard cruise ships then viewers who have never enjoyed a cruise would also have the opportunity to see what cruising is all about. 

A lunch at the Friars Club (where Drake is a member) along with four other well respected entertainers was scheduled so he could recruit his cast. The New Jersey born comedian says "it is a known fact that if you want to get an entertainer to show up anywhere, you offer them a free meal". During their free meal the five veteran acts began to put together their plan for Best at Sea.

Tom Drake, David Sayh, Elliot Finkel, Ian Finkel and Michael Minor all play themselves in this comedy about five entertainers who are hired to stage the talent competition portion of a reality show being filmed onboard a cruise ship.  Each episode will feature two of the award winning acts performing at sea, a celebrity judge and as Drake says "five guys and a puppet". Drake says "we decided against the competition format and instead built a show that offers clean comedy and great entertainment in a unique setting. Drake feels he has a great cast.

 "Elliot and Ian Finkel are the sons of Emmy winning actor Fyvush Finkel, David Sayh is a stand-up comedian with 83 television appearances who was discovered by Johnny Carson and Michael Minor is an Iowa born classically trained singer now transformed into a singing/impressionist ventriloquist. These guys are funny 24 hours a day" and they are all great acts.  Drake is a 20 year comedy veteran (18 of those performing at sea) who prior to entering comedy worked in sales for Carnation and Chevron Chemical Company.

At this time Drake says Best at Sea is still an idea but he has taken his idea to the crowd funding site Kickstarter in the hopes of funding a pilot episode for the show. Drake adds "right now, I have a great cast, a very funny pilot script and I think a very fresh idea for television, but like many people with a great idea, I need money."  Drake feels the show will attract a large viewership just among cruisers.  He says, "this year 20 million will take a cruise and I think they will watch a show that features life at sea. We hope to find out".   

Media Contact: Tom Drake, Best at Sea Productions, 407-973-8864, [email protected]

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