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…

Bob Odenkirk destroys disco in Drunk History’s season finale

For its fourth season finale, Drunk History took on shitshows—a thing that Drunk History deceptively isn’t. For as sloppy-drunk as its narrators become and as wacky as its reenactments get, Drunk History is never a true shitshow. Derek Waters, the drunk whisperer, makes sure of that. He’s even-keeled—sometimes giggly…

Lin-Manuel Miranda is not throwing away his shot on Drunk History

And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for, the pride of Drunk History: Here comes Lin-Manuel Miranda narrating the saga of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr while completely shit-faced. Drunk History rides the wave of Hamilton’s popularity with this very special episode, which throws away the usual three-segment…

Here’s a sneak peek at Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Drunk History (about Hamilton, naturally)

Here’s the thing: Even when he’s wasted, Lin-Manuel Miranda can still talk more eloquently about Alexander Hamilton than most. For example: This clip from his Drunk History segment, in which he describes the beginnings of Hamilton’s rivalry with Aaron Burr and the events leading up to the Battle of Yorktown—you know,…

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…