Scorch the Dragon - Small
1300-year-old smart-alecky, fire-breathing dragon featured on the
situation comedy SCORCH/CBS/1992.
Scorch had just awoken from a long slumber and was flying about
the city investigating his greatly changed world when a lightning
strike forces him to crash-land into the 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 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!
Scorch and Brian on the Set
of "News at Noon"
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
Scorch with Jessica at the
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
Scorch Theme 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.
I. M. Hobson
TRIVIA 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.”
The idea for Ronn's rowdy Buffalo Billy cowboy character and
Scorch, the insecure teenage dragon were conceived during his
long-term engagement with the prestigious Royal Viking cruise line
where he used his creative juices to invent a variety of puppets
to entertain the passengers.
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."
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