Drunk History is Coming to TV
If you think listening to drunk people try to make sense of something is funny than Comedy Central has just the thing for you called “Drunk History,” airing Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central.
In an AP interview, creator comedian Derek Waters said, the idea for “Drunk History” came about when “New Girl” actor Jake Johnson had a few drinks and was trying to tell him a passionate anecdote about the late singer Otis Redding.
“He was trying to tell me that Otis Redding knew he was gonna die. I didn’t really buy the story,” Waters said in a recent interview, “but he was so passionate about it and he wasn’t able to articulate everything. I just kept picturing Otis Redding reacting to this guy (Johnson) telling a story about how he knew he was gonna die and I thought, ‘That would be cool to reenact.’” (Redding was killed in a plane crash in 1967.)
Soon after, Waters and director Jeremy Konner were making Internet shorts. They filmed actor Mark Gagliardi getting drunk and reciting a historical story that was a bit messy because of the alcohol. A celebrity would then act out the story, complete with hiccups, slurring or other signs of an inebriated storyteller.
You can see previously posted videos on the website FunnyorDie.com. Celebrity participants included Johnson, Michael Cera, Nick Offerman and Ryan Gosling.
Now “Drunk History,” Each half-hour episode focuses on one U.S. city, with three historical reenactments from various time periods in the same location. Celebrity guests include Bill Hader and Kevin Nealon.
Konner said that while it can be amusing to film a drunken friend telling a story, it’s “far and away” more entertaining to direct the celebrity reenactments.
“Drunk people can be very funny but they also can get very repetitive, very apologetic, very sad, angry, depressed and physically ill,” he said. “Those aren’t particularly wonderful things to be around all the time. Check it out.