Sam Lloyd, best-known as Ted Buckland, the sweaty, nervous lawyer on TV medical comedy Scrubs, is headed to South Florida with his a cappella group, the Blanks. Yes, the guys known as the Worthless Peons who periodically break into song on the show. The troupe, made up of Lloyd and friends he made at Syracuse University, wedged themselves onscreen with Zach Braff and Donald Faison by impressing the hell out of the Scrubs' producers with their chops. Before their performance Saturday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Lloyd spoke to New Times about what it's like to perform with your best friends, to do what you love, and to put on the big, bad lawyer suit every day.
New Times: Other than performing, do you have any special plans while you're in South Florida?
We're going to play at Broward General Medical Center. We often play a local hospital in whatever city we're in just to visit everybody.
The Blanks, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $25 to $35 954-462-0222; click here.
How'd you guys come up with starting an a cappella band?
George [Miserlis] used to do a production of Forever Plaid. From that, he got a lead on doing a private party, and he talked me and Philip into learning a bunch of the songs to Forever Plaid [to perform] for some extra cash. After that — here's how far our dreams and aspirations went — George had a lead on a cruise-ship gig. We went to this audition and blew it. It was awful. At that point, we would just hang out and sing and learn songs together kind of for the fun of it.
How'd you guys end up on Scrubs?
They were having a [staff] Christmas party, and we went and sang the John Williams Superman theme. They thought it was ridiculous and said, "We've got to put that on the show."
When Ted sings on Scrubs, he seems to be in his element. Do you feel like you embody that in any way?
Except for when I'm singing, yes, that's generally my life. I mean, that is nice about having the group on there. That is the one time that Ted feels like he belongs... Other than that, I don't take after Ted in the sad department. In fact, it's kind of nice if somebody recognizes me. They'll often say, "Wow, you look so much better in person," and that makes me feel good. It's my own damned fault. When we started Scrubs, he was originally described as a nervous lawyer, and I was the one that said I want to be pale, sweaty, and nervous.
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The BCPA holds a pretty large crowd. Do you guys like the bigger crowds or the smaller, more intimate crowds?
Um, we like crowds. The shows are a lot of fun. It's a little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants.
What's the biggest demand on your contract?
We have lots of demands. We each get a fifth of Jack Daniels. We need two cases of beer, and we just want one green M&M — that's it. If we don't get all those things, if you've never seen an angry a cappella band, it gets ugly.