Golf clap for Derek Waters. The comedian somehow managed to take one of grade school’s dullest subjects, history, and turn it into an addictive, laugh-out-loud learning experience.
Waters created Drunk History with Jeremy Konner back in 2007 as a web series on Funny or Die. It is currently in its second season on Comedy Central. Each episode consists of a couple of historical stories retold by drunk celebrities and acted out and lip synced by other actors.
Although the series is only 11 episodes old, it has had plenty of famous guest stars, like Owen and Luke Wilson, Ben Folds, Paget Brewster, half of the cast of Parks and Recreation and, of course, David Wain.
This season continues to roll out an entourage of A-list celebrities but the biggest gem of the show has to be Eric Edelstein’s stories. As his Twitter bio accurately describes it, he is an “affable big man.” Edelstein is a knowledgeable guy with a commanding presence. His appearances suck you in.
Drunk History continually picks up steam and is quickly becoming a tour de force. This should be on everyone’s must-watch list.
When you break down all of the moving parts of the show, it becomes evident that this is not an easy show to make, especially since it moved from the web to network television.
The most recent episode featured Jaleel White. We’re talking about Urkel here.
Earlier this year, Waters and Konner filmed an episode at McGillin’s Olde Ale House in Philadelphia. It is slated to be the ninth and penultimate episode of the season.
Drunk History airs on Tuesday nights at 10:00 p.m. on Comedy Central.