‘Drunk History’ Web Series Becoming Actual TV Show

In the early days of Funny or Die, there was Pearl the Landlord and Will Ferrell and not much else. Most of the videos and series would probably fall more in the “Die” category, but then there was “Drunk History,” which had a little something for everyone. There’s booze, there’s history, there’s some excellent voiceover work from funny people like Jen Kirkman, and some very famous people being forced to act out their interpretations of history.

Don Cheadle plays Frederick Douglass; Michael Cera opens the series as Alexander Hamilton, and a lot of . Plus, you learn things, sort of! Probably more about the importance of holding your booze than history, but some history, probably. Maybe. Anyway, it’s going to be a real TV show on Comedy Central, which means it might not be as fun because you probably have to tone it down, or it might be even more funnier because it opens the tent for more funny people to participate. Whichever.

Drunk History makes its slightly-larger-screen debut on July 9th. Creator Derek Waters will host the show, which takes “viewers and students of history (the late-night cramming/Cliff Notes version) on a tour of cities across America… to explore their rich culture and history via historical reenactments with a twist… of lime.”

And the cast looks pretty solid. Notable guest stars this season include Lisa Bonet, Connie Britton, a returning Michael Cera, Terry Crews (fresh off his Arrested Development appearance), Dave Grohl, Tony Hale, Kyle Kinane, Natasha Leggero, Stephen Merchant, Bob Odenkirk, Aubrey Plaza, Jason Schwartzman, Adam Scott, Jenny Slate, Bradley Whitford, Kristen Wiig and the Wilson brothers. There are a lot of questions, and this cast has a lot of potential, but what I’m wondering is what president Bradley Whitford will be playing, and how many not-so-subtle West Wing references there will be.

Watch two of the most popular episodes, the premiere with Michael Cera reenacting the death of Alexander Hamilton and a wine-drunk Jen Kirkman narrating the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, referring to the latter as “Richard Dreyfuss” and asking if she took her pants off or not.

This Week’s L.A. Happenings: Free Comedy Show, Alma Opens, Greystone Sundays

SUNDAY:  Secret Comedy Show Line-Up
Power Violence, the vibrant, popular weekly alt- comedy show is hosting its three-year anniversary show this Sunday night in Hollywood. Handsome and hilarious hosts and creators will take you on a comedic journey of punk rock proportions. The show is an exciting mix of standup, sketch, and video, with an array of incredible performers. There is a veil of secrecy surrounding this week’s lineup, but past guests have included Zach Galifianakis, Marc Maron, Mo Mandel, Maria Bamford, and Kyle Kinane. Beer is on hand and the show is free, but as the boys always say: “donate or die.”
Power Violence begins at 9pm every Sunday at 6470 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. For details, check out their website.

NOW: Alma Opens, Resolutions Maintained
January is coming to a close with a slight chance some resolutions are still intact. That promise to eat better has never been easier now that Alma has opened downtown. This Californian-French spot focuses on a fresh, locally sourced, sustainable menu created and executed by chef and owner Ari Taymor (formerly of Flour + Water/ Bar Tartine). No wonder it has been named the most exciting new restaurant by nearly every food critic in the city. Best of all, it’s BYOB with no corkage fee. Aged duck boudin blanc, brussel sprouts, apple, and green mustard never felt so guilt free. So put down the rice cake and head to Alma.
Alma (952 S. Broadway, Downtown) is now open. Check the listing at BlackBook Guides for all the info.

SUNDAY: Greystone Sundays
Keep the weekend going by swinging by Greystone Manor Supperclub for their can’t-miss Greystone Sundays. Hollywood will be ablaze with celebration and Hennessy as bottle parades move throughout the club while guests dance the night away. Team Hennessy and JL Nights ensure leggy ladies and intoxicating beats provided by DJ Orator will make you forget about that 9am Monday meeting. Be sure to have plenty of water and aspirin on hand.
Greystone Sundays at Greystone Manor Supperclub (643 La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood) from 10pm to 2am every Sunday. Check out the listing in the BlackBook Guides for more info.

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