DVR alert: Drunk History is back tonight!

The new season of Drunk History premieres on Comedy Central tonight at 10:30 EST. I’ve been a loyal viewer since it was on YouTube and while the transition to television was a little awkward — a sketch on the short-lived Funny or Die HBO show — it has found its footing on Comedy Central and is now heading into its third season.

In the first two seasons of the Comedy Central show, each episode revolved around a city as a unifying theme. Three comedians told a story each about, say, Detroit or New York City of Nashville, and it worked because hometown yarns are always good fun, and anyway history is so dense and rich that there’s no chance of so broad a range as an entire city feeling limited. Still, I missed the theme shows of the olden days, so I was delighted to see a few of them in season two (First Ladies, American Music) and they’re back this season. The first episode has a theme, in fact, the history of science, one of my favorite subtopics.

If you haven’t seen it before, I envy you, because you can watch every episode of the first two seasons on Comedy Central’s website with enthralled new eyes. The episodes are just over 20 minutes long, so you can totally marathon through all 18 of them in less than seven hours. I’m not saying you should call in sick, but you should probably call in sick. Priorities, man.

Drunk History co-creators Derek Waters and Jeremy Connor, were on a panel at this year’ Comic-Con. Waters talks about the inception of the show — Otis Redding was involved — and how it took off, the processes of narration and reenactment, topics they thought would work but turned out to be buzzkills, ie, the Donner Party and serial killer H.H. Holmes. Fun fact: the first season they made narrators tell two stories which means they were drunk non-stop from 3:00 in the afternoon until after the wee hours of the next morning. Oh, and the narrators have to blow in a breathalyzer regularly throughout filming to ensure they are efficiently but not dangerously wasted. Guest stars this season include Octavia Spenser, Parker Posey, Will Ferrel, Josh Hartnett and Maya Rudolph.

If you’re a fan of the show, you’ll wish the panel video were longer. More showing how the sausage is made!

** Embed removed due to stupid autoplay. Have a nice, quiet link instead. **

The follow-up Q&A is, alas, very brief, but it still manages to cover a couple of key questions I’ve been curious about, most significantly how are the stories chosen and by whom.

** Second embed also removed due to stupid autoplay. Link. **

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10 Comments »

Comment by Cheryl
2015-09-01 21:28:48

Thanks for the reminder – almost forgot to set the DVR! I love this show!

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Comment by livius drusus
2015-09-04 01:58:51

I hope you set a series recording.

 
 
Comment by Karen
2015-09-02 13:38:25

How have I never heard of this? THIS IS AMAZING!

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Comment by livius drusus
2015-09-04 01:58:09

ONE. OF. US.

ONE. OF. US.

 
 
Comment by jeryk
2015-09-03 00:30:26

Truly enjoy your posts! Your efforts are appreciated!
Heads UP though- both these videos auto start when I open your page.
VERY obnoxious! ‘Specially as having to scroll down the page to find and pause them.
Please fix kind sir!~

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Comment by jeryk
2015-09-03 00:33:13

My prior comment- seems to be a Chrome issue.
Not occuring with Firefox browser.
Thanks!

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Comment by livius drusus
2015-09-04 01:57:42

I’ve removed the embeds anyway because autoplay is the worst. Thank you for letting me know. :thanks:

 
 
Comment by Phil
2015-09-03 14:24:59

Really enjoy the blog, friend, and I’ve got to check out this drunk history.

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Comment by livius drusus
2015-09-04 01:59:09

Thank you and yes you do! 🙂

 
 
Comment by Annie Delyth
2015-09-04 17:50:26

Livius, though I’m not much of one to watch a show involving intoxication, I love your broad interpretation of what “history” means! May it ever be so.

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