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.