Lexington native Laura Bell Bundy is an outspoken proponent of her home state spirit, bourbon. But the holidays find the Tony Award nominee putting her talents behind some California wine.
Bundy is the co-director and writer of “Sleighin’ the Holidays,” an all-star music video featuring “Mom” star Anna Farris, “Saturday Night Live” cast member Cecily Strong, “Insecure” star Yvonne Orji, “Pitch Perfect” star Chrissie Fit and a cameo from “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” scene stealer Titus Burgess.
The video is essentially an advertisement for California’s Barefoot wine, done in a high-energy and hilarious fashion addressing holiday pitfalls like awkward dinners, airline annoyances and Scrooge-like bosses with the chorus, “Just chill.”
This is Bundy’s second go around with Barefoot. Last summer she was in a promotional video called “Crushin’ It,” which she also wrote, along with Strong and Fit, promoting Barefoot Spritzers.
In an interview with hauteliving.com, Bundy said she got involved with Barefoot through producer Rachel Miller, who was aware of her songwriting.
In addition to stage and screen credits, including a Tony Award-nominated turn as the original Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde — The Musical,” Bundy has had a country music recording career as well as the Youtube sketch comedy channel Skits-o-frenic.
In the Haute Living interview, Bundy reflected on the all-star team she worked with saying, “They are each so talented and taking on entertainment in their own unique way. We got to know each other in the process and by the end it really felt like a crew. I laughed a lot. When I recorded Elizabeth (Banks) and Cecily, their adlibs were so funny, I think I peed on myself a little.”
Clearly, with the holiday reprise, the Slay Team is becoming something of a thing for Bundy, who has also told several outlets she is developing a series for Netflix.
So, California wine is cool, but maybe the bourbon industry would like to see how it could put Bundy’s talents to use.