Have you ever tried to tell a story from history? Relay an event on a test? It's not always easy to remember and coherently communicate a story. Now imagine trying to do just that but while drunk. That is the premise of [Drunk History](series:2812736) , a show where the host, Derek Waters, interviews drunk guests about historical events. These retellings are then acted out by A-list actors, people we recognize from shows and movies. The show has garnered a massive following, and features such stars as Nick Offerman, Michael Cera, Kristen Wiig, and Johnny Knoxville. Let's take a look at a few of the beloved guest stars who portray renowned (and sometimes not so renowned) historical characters.
Adam Scott and Will Forte as the Booth Brothers
The story of Lincoln's assassination is told with a focus on the famous Booth brothers: John Wilkes, played by Scott, and Edwin, played by Forte. The narrator stumbles through the early lives of the two young theater actors. John struggles to escape the overhanging shadow of his older brother, but his brother's reputation proves too strong. John brainstorms...
...and decides to assassinate Lincoln during a performance. Once the deed is done he jumps to the stage and proclaims...
...and earns his spot among the great actors of his time!
Think it happened differently? Too bad, the intoxicated narrator has spoken! On to the next story!
Bob Odenkirk and Jack Black as Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley
On one of Elvis' visits to Los Angeles, he learns of the nature of a Federally Licensed Narcotics Officer: an authority bestowed by the President of the United States that allows the holder to arrest and pull over anyone. It's the "ultimate badge." Elvis decides he wants one and goes to President Nixon. No celebrities want to meet Nixon, so the visit surprises him. He decides to give Elvis the ultimate badge.
Elvis starts pulling people over, and invites a crazy guy to join his team. No one else understands why Elvis does it...
...and when the man leaves, they discover he stole some jewelry. They give chase, and as the man's plane is about to take off, Elvis runs onto the runway with his badge and flags it down. Elvis' men board the plane and pull the thief off of the flight. After interrogating him and recovering the jewelry, Elvis buys the man another plane ticket and sends him on his way.
I'm assuming you have a good deal of questions about this story: When did this occur? Did Elvis really flag down a plane by running beside it with a federal badge? Well, you'll have to save them for later, because we're off to the next tale!
Taran Killam, Tony Hale and Aubrey Plaza as Lewis, Clark, and Sacagawea
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson to explore the Louisiana Territory in the 1800s. Along the way the explorers run into the Lakota Indians, who aren't exactly known for their hospitality...
...but the chief decides to let them stay to prevent a brawl from happening, and the men stay for two weeks, during which time they all get "crazy STDs" and meet Sacajawea, who joins the expedition and guides them through the untamed land.
After the journey, the two men return to Nashville. Clark gets married and Lewis shoots himself twice in the head. The end!
What do you think of Drunk History? Do you plan on watching the show? Which actors would you like to see portray the characters of the drunken narratives?
Sound off in the comments, and thanks for reading!
Drunk History can be seen on Comedy Central, and now you can buy Drunk History: Seasons 1 and 2 HERE. The DVD collection features all 18 episodes as well as bonus features like drunk outtakes and extended scenes.