Drunk History’s Derek Waters on how the show turns boozy ramblings into TV gold

Drunk History’s format is a winner: Take a famous comedian, get them drunk, film them struggling their way through a historical story, and use their slurred monologue as an audio track over which other famous actors lip sync and reenact the story. It’s a simple, effective premise but one that takes a lot of work to…

Derek Waters has nothing to do with Drunk History’s many international iterations

The new season of Drunk History premieres next week with a guest roster that includes Tiffany Haddish, Evan Rachel Wood, and Mandy Moore. From its humble beginnings as a popular web series, the Emmy-nominated show has literally grown into an international phenomenon, with Comedy Central’s sister channels in Britain,…

Drunk History’s Derek Waters on the show’s jolly new holiday special

Earlier this year, Drunk History capped off a successful season four with four Primetime Emmy nominations and a season five renewal. While the new season is in the works, fans can quench their thirst for more drunken historical explainers with the Drunk History Christmas Special. The special, which airs tonight on…

Michaela Watkins plays a horny Julia Child in a delicious Drunk History episode

In honor of the holidays, Drunk History sets its sights on food this week, and because the show is never one to go for the obvious stories, it presents three weirdo food histories in which the food is just one small part of a larger story. Tess Lynch’s tale of the artichoke wars is ultimately a story about the Mafia’s…

Fun physicality infuses a sister-centric Drunk History

“There’s always someone behind-the-scenes that’s helping people,” Lauren Lapkus declares at the end of her Drunk History segment about Katharine, Orville, and Wilbur Wright. She immediately walks that statement back, clarifying that it’s probably more of a “sometimes” thing than an “always” thing. But her observation…

Human sound effects animate “Scoundrels” on Drunk History

Rich Fulcher, a.k.a. the human soundboard, returns to Drunk History for an episode all about scoundrels. He’s one of Drunk History’s veteran narrators, but despite his familiarity with the form, he never seems overly rehearsed. Even some first-time narrators get too in their heads about being funny, and then repeat…

Paget Brewster can’t stop crying about Eleanor Roosevelt on Drunk History

An episode of Drunk History centered on the Roosevelts is a dream come true. I love the Roosevelts. I watched all 14 hours of Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. I won’t go so far to say that Drunk History’s take on this historical family is more informative than that of Ken Burns. But it’s certainly more…

Drunk History director Jeremy Konner can’t seem to believe what his show makes people do

“Los Angeles” sticks two of the guys behind Drunk History in front of the camera: co-executive producer Seth Weitberg and director Jeremy Konner. As a result, there’s a certain meta quality to the episode, especially during Konner’s retelling, which ends up commenting more on Drunk History itself than the story of the…

Competitively taking shots is only a good idea on Drunk History

Back in August, right before the season three premiere, Complex did a behind-the-scenes feature of Drunk History that specifically looked at the making of tonight’s episode. Ever since I read it, I’ve been looking forward to “Journalism.” Something Derek Waters said for the Complex piece stands out to me: “I’m pretty…

Crissle West intoxicates on another exciting episode of Drunk History

All season, Drunk History has saved its best for last. Each episode up until this point has ended with its strongest narrator as well as its most interesting and developed story. “Spies” flips the order and starts with its strongest chapter: Crissle West narrating the story of Harriet Tubman’s days as a Union spy.