Guest Column: Comedy Central’s ‘Drunk History’ informs and entertains
Tell me a story. A historical true story, but wait! Only after you finish that bottle of tequila first.
“Drunk History” sounds like something from a college student’s junior year, but it’s not.
This past summer Comedy Central began airing this ingenious series, and I think America really became enthralled with it.
Where did this hilarious, yet fun-filled historically-based show come from?
Our friends at Funny OrDie.com Derek Waters and Jermey Kooner actually created this series online in 2007. I found it then, and sometimes I remembered it’s there and force others to watch it. The original online episodes are still available at FunnyOrDie.com.
Let’s go over the concept of this show.
Waters goes to a town – say like one of my favorites, Boston – finds someone with a good historical story to tell, serves many alcohol beverages to them and throws them in front of a camera and off we go.
Now, these tales are real, mind you. Some are little-known historical happens in U.S. history, but they are real.
As the storyteller proceeds through their historical tale of choice, they get more and more intoxicated.
Then as the tale is told the real fun begins – the reenactment.
This is not done by the inebriated storyteller, but with talented skits, talented actors in period costumes who lip sync the storyteller exactly.
So, whether its incoherent mumbling, yelling, slurring, swearing or some of the most creative name-calling from the story teller its to portrayed into the skit.
I can say, watching the lip syncing of the actors is probably the funniest part. As we all know with most drunk people, you have no idea what is about to come from their mouths. So when you hear it, then see it, it’s very laughable, just hilarious.
To add to the rich reenactment, you can see some really top-notch celebs. Favorites from this past season were: Paget Brewster, Luke and Owen Wilson, Will Forte, Bill Hader, Andrew Daly (who played my hero Teddy Roosevelt) and Kristen Wigg, to name only a few.
I learned much about my country that I had no idea happened, and more than my high school history teachers bothered to tell me (no offense Ms. Adams and Mr. Winslow).
Perhaps one wouldn’t be interested in watching some drunk, barely sitting up in a chair, eyes slits, with a bottle of tequila containing barely a shot tell you a story about how The Alamo was lost. But don’t dismiss it.
I say this about this show: mixing U.S. history and booze together, genius. I mean, look back in history: America was built on booze.
Hey, there is my tale pass the bottle.