Food Network Star + Drunk Puppets = “Free Booze Friday”

Wednesday 08th, July 2015 / 16:01 Written by
Food Network Star + Drunk Puppets = “Free Booze Friday”

Jay Ducote poses with his puppet costars from “Free Booze Friday,”

a digital series produced by tommysTV and Bite and Booze that

premieres this summer on

Local Digital Series Produced by tommysTV and Bite and Booze Picked Up on Entertainment Website GeekNation

‘Free Booze Friday’ Season One premieres this summer on


Local video production company tommysTV and culinary media personality Jay Ducote of recently signed a deal with to bring their series “Free Booze Friday” to the masses this summer.

“Free Booze Friday” features Ducote, a Food Network star and a well-known blogger who has been on several national cooking shows, as a bartender who is serving drinks and educating patrons about a specific kind of alcohol. But there’s a twist – Ducote’s customers are puppets, and they’re not always excited to sample the craft beer or a small batch liquor he’s selling.

Talley and Ducote developed the concept several years ago as a way to use the free alcohol sent to Ducote by companies wishing to be featured on The resulting 12-episode series is a hilarious snippet of barroom life, with the tipsy puppets offering a teasing look at the culture surrounding beer and spirits.

Shot locally in Baton Rouge at Lock & Key Whiskey Bar and Beausoleil Restaurant and Bar using puppets crafted by tommysTV assistant director Clay Achee, the series of digital episodes is GeekNation’s first deal with tommysTV and one of the company’s first forays into a puppet-based show.

tommysTV founder Tommy Talley said, “By partnering with GeekNation, we are instantly able to reach millions of viewers with our digital shorts that creatively blend our approach to production and storytelling with a traditional food or beverage review. It doesn’t hurt that the series is offbeat and fun to produce.”

Ducote said, “I’m excited for people to see the ‘Free Booze Friday’ series when it launches on GeekNation because it is a hilarious way to inform viewers about different kinds of alcohol. These puppets aren’t afraid to tell it like it is – those felt palates are more discerning than you might think.”

GeekNation is a Los Angeles-based entertainment website that features videos, podcasts, blogs and other media founded in 2012 by actress Clare Kramer of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

GeekNation’s Senior VP, Oren Kamara said, “We are thrilled to partner with tommysTV and Ducote to bring this uniquely original and humorous series to our audience. We’ve been looking for a proper alcohol review type show and with Free Booze Friday we found that, plus we get the benefit of some very funny and crude talent on the show in the form of puppets. The guys have created a high quality production with informative alcohol tidbits and very funny writing. I can’t wait to premiere the show.”

**Full Disclosure: This is a post for Jay Ducote & tommysTV. I received no product or compensation in exchange for this post.


tommysTV is a full service video production company that works with businesses, ad agencies, nonprofits and other organizations to produce creative content that informs and tells brand stories. For more information, visit


As a culinary media company, Bite and Booze, LLC creates food and beverage content that chronicles the cultural indulgent experiences of Jay D. Ducote. The blog,, shares stories about everything that Jay eats and drinks throughout his life in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and his travels around the United States and the world.


GeekNation is a Los Angeles-based company providing content creation, production & distribution – The GeekNation site provides news & articles from top writers around the country, audio podcasts (including Movie Crypt & Far Far Away, both ranking top 10 in the nation on iTunes), videos, television shows and motion movie posters, or “Mosters.” GeekNation operates out of a 5,500 square-foot sound stage in Van Nuys, where it films all its original content for the site that broadcasts out to its tens of millions of listeners and viewers, lovingly referred to as “the nation”. GeekNation is a highly recognized and impacting social media platform known for its respectable reputation in the entertainment industry. The company works with celebrities and studios alike, forging unique partnerships while positioning itself to become one of the biggest “geek & pop culture” platforms in the galaxy. Founded by actress & CEO Clare Kramer and former film producer & COO Brian R. Keathley, GeekNation recently named film producer, Oren Kamara, as Senior Vice President.


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