Scorch the Dragon is a small 1300-year-old smart-alecky, fire-breathing dragon featured on the short-lived CBS fantasy comedy SCORCH (1992).
Scorch had just awoken from a long slumber (he fell asleep on September 19, 1892) and was flying about the city investigating his greatly changed world when a lightning strike forces him to crash-land into the basement apartment home of struggling actor, Brian Stevens and his eight-year-old daughter, Jessica.
At first, Brian wanted little to do with the scaly reptile until Scorch, acting like a ventriloquist dummy, helped Brian land a job as a TV weatherman at WWEN-TV in New Haven, Connecticut by popping out of a bag during the interview and doing his shtick. Consequently, Brian got the job at “News at Noon.”
But Scorch’s zany and unpredictable antics were sometimes difficult to keep under control. Consequently, on one show, guest psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers suggested that Brian replace his rowdy male dragon with a more demure female because Scorch’s behavior was so outrageous. If she only knew!
Eventually, Brian’s weather spot became popular and he and Scorch appeared on the cover of TV Magazine. Unfortunately, only Brian’s right ear was seen and Scorch got all the glory.
Scorch and Brian were also selected to present the “Man of the Year” award to Mr. Ruthers, their station boss, but wouldn’t you know, that was the same time that Scorch was down with the Dragon flu. His symptoms: coughing, swearing, barking, amnesia and unconsciousness.
When Scorch is left at home, he gets into all sorts of trouble like using Brian’s credit card to go on a spending spree on the Home Shopping Channel. Brian’s young daughter, Jessica tries to keep Scorch out of trouble if she can, but despite all the problems he might instigate, Jessica absolutely adores Scorch. And maybe one day Brian will feel the same way. But for now, he mainly puts up with Scorch because he needs him to keep his job at the TV station.
Scorch Theme Song Lyrics
When you wake up with a fire in your belly
And your breath feels charred when you yawn
And your cave is covered in cobwebs
And suddenly a 100 years are gone
When it seems that if your surroundings
Have all been tossed and twirled
Remember things happen at the right time
If you got all the time in the world…Oh Yeah!
When you fly around in a tizzy
And your wings are pumping stale air
And you know something weird is happening
Because everything is different everywhere
When you can’t find a knight or a dragon
And there’s nowhere to get your horn curled
Everything happens at the right time
When you got all the time in the world.
If you got all the time in the world.
NOTE: Ronn Lucas who provided the voice of Scorch the Dragon is a successful professional ventriloquist. The Scorch puppet is used in his act as well as his other popular characters like rascally puppet sidekick cowboy, Buffalo Billy. Ronn likes to tell a story that summarizes his ability to bring his puppets to life.
“One night a drunk heckled me, so I had one of my dummies heckle him back. The audience loved it, and when the heckler kept it up, so did I. The crowd was roaring. The guy cursed the dummy and finally came up on stage ready for a fight. A couple of his buddies restrained him, but I wasn’t in any danger, because the guy was actually trying to punch out the puppet. I think it was a compliment, in a way, because he believed the prop was alive.”
Ron conceived the idea of Scorch, the insecure teenage dragon while working a long-term engagement with the prestigious Royal Viking cruise.
Extremely popular, Ronn’s characters have been seen by the public in Las Vegas, and at command performances for numerous US Presidents, and foreign Royalty. Lucas has also starred in his own British TV variety series (THE RONN LUCAS SHOW/THA/1990), several American prime-time network and cable comedy specials.
In addition, Ronn has made multiple appearances on THE TONIGHT SHOW, guest-starred on the hit NBC-TV series, NIGHT COURT and L.A. LAW (for which he received an Emmy nomination) and starred in his own one-hour special for The Disney Channel.
Ronn is the author of the book “How Your Mental Illness Can Earn You Really Big Bucks.”
Scorch the Dragon
c/o Brian Stevens & daughter, Jessica
New Haven, CT