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Drunk History is an American educational 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, joined by host Waters, struggles to recount an event from history, while actors enact the narrator's anecdotes and also lip sync the dialogue. In addition to Waters and celebrity guest stars, the show's characters are played by regulars such as Bennie Arthur, Tim Baltz, Mort Burke, Sarah Burns, Maria Blasucci, Craig Cackowski, Michael Cassady, Michael Coleman, Tymberlee Hill, Adam Nee, Jeremy J. Tutson, Greg Tuculescu, J.T. Palmer and Aasha Davis. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are among the show's executive producers.

Drunk History
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GenreTelevision comedy
Created by
Directed byJeremy Konner
Presented byDerek Waters
Starring
Music byDan Gross
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes70 (and 2 specials) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Gary Sanchez Productions
Funny or Die
Konner Productions
34
Release
Original networkComedy Central
Picture format16:9 HDTV
Original releaseJuly 9, 2013 (2013-07-09) –
present
Chronology
Related showsDrunk History (UK)
External links
Website

The series premiered on Comedy Central on July 9, 2013.[2] On February 22, 2018, Comedy Central renewed the show for a sixth season,[3] which premiered on January 15, 2019.

A number of international versions have also been produced.

Contents

ProductionEdit

The idea for the series originated from a drunken conversation that Derek Waters had with his friend actor Jake Johnson in which Johnson recounted the story of R&B singer Otis Redding who died in a plane crash. Waters thought it would be funny to film and recreate a story of an intoxicated person stumbling through a historical story, and have actors reenact the story. Waters told his friend actor Michael Cera about the idea and Cera encouraged him to make it and volunteered to appear in the video. The first video premiered on the website Funny or Die on August 6, 2007. It starred Johnson, Waters, Cera, and actress Ashley Johnson.[4]

The series continued to air online on Funny or Die and briefly aired on HBO.[4] It premiered on Comedy Central on July 9, 2013.[2]

The storytellers in the series read up on the stories while sober, then rehearse it in front of a producer before getting drunk.[5]

Waters says he drinks with the storytellers in order to "let them know we're doing this together" and so as not to make it feel exploitative.[5]

AccuracyEdit

According to series creator Derek Waters all the dates and story elements are true, though the historical figures’ dialogue is obviously not accurate. He told NPR that he "make[s] sure to go back and say: Make sure you say this date or this person's name. I don't want to mess up anyone's names. But obviously the dialogue is the stuff that is not accurate."[5]

Independent newspapers have verified that the information in the series is historically accurate.[6][7]

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
Web series7January 22, 2008 (2008-01-22)December 19, 2010 (2010-12-19)
18July 9, 2013 (2013-07-09)August 27, 2013 (2013-08-27)
210July 1, 2014 (2014-07-01)September 2, 2014 (2014-09-02)
313September 1, 2015 (2015-09-01)November 24, 2015 (2015-11-24)
410September 27, 2016 (2016-09-27)December 6, 2016 (2016-12-06)
513January 23, 2018 (2018-01-23)July 24, 2018 (2018-07-24)
616[8]January 15, 2019 (2019-01-15)August 6, 2019 (2019-08-06)
Specials2November 8, 2016 (2016-11-08)November 28, 2017 (2017-11-28)

International versionsEdit

Since January 12, 2015, a British version of Drunk History has been broadcast on Comedy Central's UK channel. A Latin American version, Drunk History: El lado borroso de la historia, is presented by Eugenio Derbez. The Hungarian version, Tömény történelem, premiered on October 24, 2016? on Comedy Central Hungary.[9] A Brazilian version hosted by Danilo Gentili, Drunk History Brasil: o Lado Embriagado da História, aired on SBT as a segment of The Noite com Danilo Gentili in 2017.[10] Comedy Central Brasil broadcast the show separated from The Noite.[10] Argentina's Telefe (owned by Viacom) will broadcast the Argentine version of the show, Pasado de Copas: Drunk History, hosted by Marcos Mundstock, a member of Les Luthiers.

An Australian version has been commissioned for Network Ten. The pilot episode will air as a part of the network’s Pilot Week, in which the pilots for several new shows will air during a week. The decision to produce further episodes will depend on the pilot’s reception. [11] The pilot episode featured stories about Ned Kelly (presented by Stephen Curry) and Phar Lap (presented by Rhys Darby).

AccoladesEdit

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2014 2013 American Society of Cinematographers Awards Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Half-Hour Episodic Series Blake McClure (for "Detroit") Won [12]
2015 41st People's Choice Awards Favorite Sketch Comedy TV Show Drunk History Nominated [13]
67th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Sketch Series Drunk History Nominated [14]
Outstanding Costumes for a Variety Program or a Special Christina Mongini (for "Hollywood") Won
2016 68th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Sketch Series Drunk History Nominated [15]
Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming Jody McVeigh-Schultz (for "Inventors") Nominated
Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Series Rachel Robb Kondrath, Kellie Jo Tinney (for "New Jersey") Nominated
2017 69th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Sketch Series Drunk History Nominated [16]
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner
(for "Hamilton")
Nominated
Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming Aaron Morris (for "Bar Fights") Nominated
Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Series Chloe Arbiture, Monica Soto, Rae Deslich (for "Hamilton") Nominated
2018 70th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Sketch Series Drunk History Nominated [17]
Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming John Cason (for "Heroines") Nominated
2019 71st Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Sketch Series Drunk History Pending [18]
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series Derek Waters (for "Are You Afraid of the Drunk") Pending
Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming John Cason (for "Are You Afraid of the Drunk") Pending

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Drunk History Channel". Funny Or Die.
  2. ^ a b "Drunk History". July 9, 2013.
  3. ^ "Comedy Central renews Drunk History for a booze-soaked sixth season".
  4. ^ a b Monroe, Justin (August 31, 2015). "The Sober Reality of 'Drunk History'". Complex. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Inskeep, Steve (July 2, 2014). "'Drunk History' Serves An Educational Cocktail, With Comedic Twist". NPR. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  6. ^ "We're fact checking 'Drunk History' so you don't have to". Guide. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  7. ^ Haar, Pete Vonder (July 9, 2014). "Reality Bites: Drunk History". Houston Press. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  8. ^ "DRUNK HISTORY (COMEDY CENTRAL)". The Futon Critic. May 20, 2019.
  9. ^ "Részeg hírességek mesélik el a magyar történelmet a Comedy Central új műsorában". hvg.hu. October 13, 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Viacom e SBT se unem por humor" (in Portuguese). Meio&Mensagem. February 6, 2017. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  11. ^ https://tvtonight.com.au/2018/08/tens-pilot-week-schedule-2018.html
  12. ^ "American Society of Cinematographers Reveals Feature Film Nominees". Archived from the original on November 19, 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  13. ^ Toomey, Alyssa (November 4, 2014). "Jennifer Lawrence, Shailene Woodley and Robert Downey Jr. Among People's Choice Nominees, Plus Find Out Who's Hosting!". E! Online. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  14. ^ "Emmy Nominations 2015". Emmys.com. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  15. ^ "Emmy Nominations 2016". Emmys.com. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  16. ^ "Emmy Nominations 2017". Emmys.com. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  17. ^ "Emmy Nominations 2018". Emmys.com. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  18. ^ "Emmy Nominations 2019". Emmys.com. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved July 16, 2019.

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