Drunk History

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Drunk History
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Genre Television comedy
Created by
Directed by Jeremy Konner
Presented by Derek Waters
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 18 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Gary Sanchez Productions
Funny or Die
Broadcast
Original channel Comedy Central
Picture format 16:9 HDTV
Original run July 9, 2013 (2013-07-09) – present
External links
Website

Drunk History is an American television comedy series produced by Comedy Central, based on the Funny or Die web series created by Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner in 2007.[1] In each episode, an inebriated narrator struggles to recount an event from American history, while actors enact the narrator's anecdote and lip sync the dialog.

The series premiered on Comedy Central on July 9, 2013,[2] and its second season premiered on July 1, 2014. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are among the show's executive producers.

In addition to creator Derek Waters and celebrity guest stars, the show's additional characters are played by regulars Bennie Arthur, Tim Baltz, Mort Burke, Sarah Burns, Maria Blasucci, Craig Cackowski, Michael Cassady, Michael Coleman, Tymberlee Hill, Adam Nee, and Jeremy J. Tutson.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
0 7.5 January 22, 2008 (2008-01-22) December 19, 2010 (2010-12-19) N/A N/A N/A
1 8 July 9, 2013 (2013-07-09) August 27, 2013 (2013-08-27) N/A N/A N/A
2 10[3] July 1, 2014 (2014-07-01) September 2, 2014 (2014-09-02) N/A N/A N/A
3 TBA 2015 (2015) 2015 (2015) N/A N/A N/A

Original Funny or Die Shorts (2008-2010)[edit]

Volume Date of Retelling Published
1 August 6, 2007 (2007-08-06)
Retelling: Mark Gagliardi on Burr–Hamilton Duel
Cast:
Michael Cera as Alexander Hamilton
Jake Johnson as Aaron Burr
Ashley Johnson as Elizabeth Schuyler, Alexander Hamilton's wife
Derek Waters as Thomas Jefferson
2 November 2007 (2007-11)
Retelling: Eric Falconer on Benjamin Franklin's Kite experiment
Cast:
Jack Black as Benjamin Franklin
Clark Duke as William Franklin
2.5 November 2007 (2007-11)
Retelling: Eric Falconer on Benjamin Franklin's relationship with Annabelle
Cast:
Jack Black as Benjamin Franklin
Jayma Mays as Annabelle
Derek Waters as Annabelle's husband
3 2008 (2008)
Retelling: Jen Kirkman on Oney Judge's Escape from the Washingtons
Cast:
Danny McBride as George Washington
Marianna Palka as Martha Washington
Tymberlee Hill as Oney Judge
Jason Ritter as Head of Customs
Derek Waters as reporter
4 May 11, 2008 (2008-05-11)
Retelling: J.D. Ryznar on Harrison's presidency and death
Cast:
Paul Schneider as William Henry Harrison
Steve Agee as doctor
Benn Hoffman as doctor
Derek Waters
5 March 22, 2010 (2010-03-22)
Retelling: Jen Kirkman on Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass' Friendship
Cast:
Will Ferrell as Abraham Lincoln
Don Cheadle as Frederick Douglass
Zooey Deschanel as Mary Todd
6 January 7, 2010 (2010-01-07)
Retelling: Duncan Trussell on Tesla meeting and working for Edison
Cast:
John C. Reilly as Nikola Tesla
Crispin Glover as Thomas Edison
Christmas December 15, 2010 (2010-12-15)
Retelling: Allan McLeod on "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (aka "Twas the Night Before Christmas")
Cast:
Ryan Gosling as Narrator
Jim Carrey as St. Nicholas
Eva Mendes as Ma
AJ and Ellie Culp as children

Season 1 (2013)[edit]

No. in
season
No. in
series
Title Original air date Production
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 1 "Washington, DC" July 9, 2013 (2013-07-09) 102 0.91[4]

Retellings:

Matt Gourley on the Watergate scandal
Allan McLeod on the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
Eric Edelstein on Elvis Presley meeting Richard Nixon
Cast:
Jack Black as Elvis Presley
Nathan Fielder as Bob Woodward
Bob Odenkirk as Richard Nixon
Jack McBrayer as H.R. Haldeman
Adam Scott as John Wilkes Booth
Will Forte as Edwin Booth
Jonathan Ames as Junius Booth
Stephen Merchant as Abraham Lincoln
Dave Grohl as Memphis Mafia
and
Fred Willard as Deep Throat
2 2 "Chicago" July 16, 2013 (2013-07-16) 103 0.79[5]

Retellings:

Tommy Blacha on Al Capone
Rich Fulcher on Abraham Lincoln's past as a lawyer
Kyle Kinane on the Haymarket riot
Cast:
Matt Besser as Edwin Stanton
Ike Barinholtz as August Spies
Eric Filipkowski as Abraham Lincoln
Charlie Finn as Captain John 'Black Jack' Bonfield
Moshe Kasher as Albert Parsons
Will Sasso as Frank Nitti
and
Joe Lo Truglio as Al Capone
3 3 "Atlanta" July 23, 2013 (2013-07-23) 104 0.79[6]

Retellings:

James Atkinson on Martin Luther King Jr. meeting with J. Edgar Hoover
Mark Gagliardi on Stetson Kennedy infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan
Jenny Slate on the invention of Coca-Cola
Cast:
Bill Hader as John Pemberton
Rob Riggle as J. Edgar Hoover
Lamorne Morris as Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jason Ritter as Stetson Kennedy
Simon Helberg as Frank Mason Robinson
Matt Walsh as Slim
and
Kevin Nealon as The Grand Dragon
4 4 "Boston" July 30, 2013 (2013-07-30) 101 0.88[7]

Retellings:

Jen Kirkman on the life of Mary Dyer
Michael and Erin Rohr on the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist
Chris Romano on Boston's greatest arsonist, Johnny Cool
Cast:
Michael Cera as John Endicott
Jason Ritter as Investigator
Tim Heidecker as Cop
Connie Britton as Patricia Shaheen
June Diane Raphael as Isabella Stewart Gardner
Nick Offerman as Johnny Cool
Winona Ryder as Mary Dyer
Bob Odenkirk as The Guy
Brett Gelman as Art Thief
Martin Starr as Art Thief
and
Chris Parnell as King Charles II
5 5 "San Francisco" August 6, 2013 (2013-08-06) 105 0.80[8]

Retellings:

Artemis Pebdani on the life of Mary Ellen Pleasant
Derrick Beckles on the story of Mark Twain
Natasha Leggero on the kidnapping of Patty Hearst
Cast:
Lisa Bonet as Mary Ellen Pleasant
Terry Crews as Donald DeFreeze
Steve Little as Mark Twain
Ben Hoffman as Newscaster
and
Kristen Wiig as Patty Hearst
6 6 "Detroit" August 13, 2013 (2013-08-13) 106 1.08[9]

Retellings:

Paget Brewster on the Kellogg Brothers
Tommy Blacha on Ralph Nader's feud with General Motors
Lucius Dillon on the rivalry of Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle
Cast:

Luke Wilson as Will Keith Kellogg
Owen Wilson as John Harvey Kellogg
Jason Schwartzman as Ralph Nader
Ken Marino as Harry Houdini
Alfred Molina as Arthur Conan Doyle
and
Richard Riehle as James Roche
7 7 "Nashville" August 20, 2013 (2013-08-20) 108 1.00[10]

Retellings:

Seth Weitberg on the rise of Dolly Parton's solo career
Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark on the Lewis and Clark Expedition
BJ Porter on the Scopes Monkey Trial
Cast:
Tony Hale as Meriwether Lewis
Taran Killam as William Clark
Aubrey Plaza as Sacagawea
Kumail Nanjiani as Lakota Chief
Jack McBrayer as Clarence Darrow
Bradley Whitford as William Jennings Bryan
Rich Fulcher as Porter Wagoner
and
Casey Wilson as Dolly Parton
8 8 "The Wild West" August 27, 2013 (2013-08-27) 107 0.87[11]

Retellings:

Preston Flagg on Billy the Kid
Mark Gagliardi on the Rough Riders
Matt Gourley on the Alamo
Cast:
Timm Sharp as Billy the Kid
Rob Huebel as Pat Garrett
Andrew Daly as Teddy Roosevelt
Jake Johnson as William B. Travis
Chris Parnell as Jim Bowie
and
Horatio Sanz as General Santa Anna

Season 2 (2014)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
9 1 "Montgomery" July 1, 2014 (2014-07-01)

Retellings:

Allan McLeod on Percy Julian
Amber Ruffin on Claudette Colvin
Morgan Murphy on Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling
Cast:
Mariah Wilson as Claudette Colvin
Lisa Bonet as Rosa Parks
Jerry Minor as Fred Gray
Jordan Peele as Percy Julian
Terry Crews as Joe Louis
Tim Heidecker as Max Schmeling
and
"Weird Al" Yankovic as Adolf Hitler
10 2 "New York City" July 8, 2014 (2014-07-08)[12]

Retellings:

Eric Falconer on the Statue of Liberty
Suzi Barrett on Sybil Ludington
JD Ryznar on Nellie Bly
Cast:
Paul Scheer as Henry Ludington
Juno Temple as Sybil Ludington
Michaela Watkins as Nurse
Taran Killam as Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi
Laura Dern as Nellie Bly
and
Brett Gelman (Statue of Liberty) and Matt Walsh (Nellie Bly) as Joseph Pulitzer
11 3 "American Music" July 15, 2014 (2014-07-15)[12]

Retellings:

David Wain on Alan Freed and the birth of rock and roll
Eric Edelstein on Kris Kristofferson
Colton Dunn on Rapper's Delight
Cast:
Jack McBrayer as Alan Freed
Retta as Sylvia Robinson
Da' Vone McDonald as Big Bank Hank
Jaleel White as Grandmaster Caz
Ron Funches as DJ Kool Herc
Jon Daly as Kris Kristofferson
and
Johnny Knoxville as Johnny Cash
12 4 "Baltimore" July 22, 2014 (2014-07-22)[12]

Retellings:

Paget Brewster on Allan Pinkerton's Lincoln assignment
Henry Phillips on the story of Francis Scott Key
Duncan Trussell on Edgar Allan Poe's feud with Rufus Griswold
Cast:
Martin Starr as Abraham Lincoln
Charlie Day as Allan Pinkerton
Preston Flagg as Harry W. Davies
Adrianne Palicki as Kate Warne
Jeffrey Ross as Francis Scott Key
James Adomian as Alexander Cochrane
Craig Anstett as Robert Ross
Jesse Plemons as Edgar Allan Poe
and
Jason Ritter as Rufus Griswold
13 5 "Charleston" July 29, 2014 (2014-07-29)[12]

Retellings:

Seth Weitberg on Charles Sumner
Dave Ross on Waties Waring
Mark Gagliardi on Robert Smalls
Cast:
Busy Philipps as Elizabeth Waring
Rich Fulcher as Waties Waring
Brandon T. Jackson as Robert Smalls
Brian Mganga as Young Robert Smalls
Johnny Knoxville as Preston Brooks
and
Patton Oswalt as Charles Sumner
14 6 "Hollywood" August 5, 2014 (2014-08-05)[12]

Retellings:

Steve Berg on the making of Citizen Kane
Derek Miller on the creation of Mickey Mouse
Drew Droege on Ronald Reagan
Cast
John Lithgow as William Randolph Hearst
Tony Hale as Ub Iwerks
Michael Angarano as Walt Disney
Lindsay Sloane as Nancy Reagan
Nick Kroll as Ronald Reagan
and
Jack Black as Orson Welles
15 7 "Hawaii" August 12, 2014 (2014-08-12)[12]

Retellings:

Jonah Ray on Captain Cook
Phil Hendrie on Daniel Inouye
Kurt Braunohler on Eddie Aikau
Cast
Steven Yeun as Daniel Inouye
James Hong as Hyotaro Inouye
Jason Mantzoukas as Eddie Aikau
Eugene Cordero as Kalaniʻōpuʻu
and
Ken Marino as Captain James Cook
16 8 "Philadelphia" August 19, 2014 (2014-08-19)[12]

Retellings:

Nick Rutherford on General von Steuben
Patrick Walsh on the election of 1800
Erin McGathy on Benedict Arnold
Cast
Winona Ryder as Peggy Shippen
Chris Parnell as Benedict Arnold
John Lithgow as George Washington (Benedict Arnold)
Stephen Merchant as George Washington (General von Steuben)
Jerry O'Connell as Thomas Jefferson
Joe Lo Truglio as John Adams
Jayma Mays as Abigail Adams
and
David Cross as General von Steuben
17 9 "Sports Heroes" August 26, 2014 (2014-08-26)[12]

Retellings:

Preston Flagg on Jim Thorpe
Karey Dornetto on Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Matt Jones on Jim Abbott
Cast
Emily Deschanel as Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Aidan Sussman as young Jim Abbott
Zach Gilford as Jim Abbott
and
Jason Momoa as Jim Thorpe
18 10 "First Ladies" September 2, 2014 (2014-09-02)[12]

Retellings:

Molly McAleer on Frances Cleveland
Jen Kirkman on Edith Wilson
Jenny Johnson on Dolley Madison
Cast
Alia Shawkat as Frances Cleveland
Bobby Moynihan as Grover Cleveland
Paget Brewster as Emma Folsom
Casey Wilson as Dolley Madison
Ian Roberts as James Madison
and
Courteney Cox as Edith Wilson

This season features three episodes ("American Music", "First Ladies", and "Sports Heroes") that are structured around themes instead of the typical city-focused format.[3]

Season 3 (2015)[edit]

On July 25, 2014, Comedy Central has announced that Drunk History was renewed for a third season.[13]

References[edit]

External links[edit]