Drunk History: Season 1 & 2
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“Drunk History” presents historical reenactments from A-list talent as told by inebriated storytellers. Drunken and often incoherent narrations provide a unique take on the familiar and not-so-familiar people and events from our country’s great past, with unforgettable results. Host Derek Waters, along with an ever-changing cast of great actors, leads viewers from town to town across the country. In these 18 episodes, the show visits Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Detroit, Hawaii, Hollywood, Montgomery, Nashville, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., and covers topics that include first ladies, sports stars, and the Wild West. Booze helps bring out the truth of our nation’s history. It’s just that sometimes that truth involves hitting on airport bar janitors or eating cheese fries at 4 a.m.
• Drunk Outtakes & Extended Scenes
• Extended "First Ladies" Episode
• Sober Reveals
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My teenage son and I really enjoy watching these episodes together, we laugh our heads off, and we've both been inspired to read books about the events they're covering. Kudos to them for selecting some of the more obscure historical events that haven't gotten their due in our classrooms or history books, and introducing us to new heroes. Especially love the stories about the Lincoln assassination, Al Capone, the FBI vs. Martin Luther King, and the invention of Coca-Cola.
The show is exactly what it is named: history [specifically, AMERICAN history] recounted by actors or writers who seem very interested in the subject they’re narrating, but are totally drunk as they narrate the story. Visually it cuts back and forth between other actors re-enacting the events described (including precisely lip-synching conversations as recounted by the narrator), and watching the narrator accompanied by Derek Waters, the sort of master of ceremonies for the show who goes to each narrator’s location, pours them drinks (and imbibes with them), brings them back on-topic if they start to wander, etc. For lovers of crude comedy there’s plenty to laugh at: the slurred speech, vomiting, staggering, falling onto the floor, and much worse. But wait—while they watch it they are also LEARNING HISTORY. What’s more, even if you AREN'T interested in crude comedy, it is STILL interesting. You’ll hear pieces on sort of well-known bits of history you thought you knew, but didn’t know all the details (like where our national Anthem came from), to really obscure but interesting parts of American history. Considering the target audience for Comedy Central (which is probably between roughly age 18 to 30), there’s still much of interest for anyone over age 30, though I would not recommend it for those under age 18, as the “drunk” part might just sound too appealing. I think most readers might find something—no, many things interesting in the series if they gave it a view. Plus there is an impressive cast of actors and actresses who do the re-enactments. And yes, watching John Lithgow or Jack Black lip-synching the lines from a drunken young female narrator is amusing but somehow, fascinating as well.