After watching one of Lutherville native Derek Waters’s Drunk History videos, you’ll wonder why it took Western civilization so long to sprout this concept: someone with a fair amount of knowledge about an historical event gets very drunk and tries to recount it, while brand name actors (like Michael Cera, Will Ferrell, and Zooey Deschanel) re-enact it in extra-soft focus exactly as it is told. It’s TV perfected, and so far it’s only been on the Internet.
That’s going to change. As reported in the Baltimore Sun, Comedy Central has ordered eight episodes of the series. So far, Drunk History videos have only been five or six minutes long, so they’ll have to be extended or shown in succession to make full episodes. It looks like the latter option is most likely, as Waters has said that each episode of the Comedy Central show will center on one American city.
If you’ve never had the pleasure, here’s my favorite, if obscenity-heavy, installment. It’s the story of Oney Judge as told by a drunk Jen Kirkman.