Drunk History pours into Comedy Central

Michelle Clancy | 07-01-2013

Drunk people retelling history's most compelling stories? Sounds like a good idea, especially after a few beers. And so, hoping to hit a vein of in vino veritas, the appropriately named Drunk History is coming to Comedy Central.

The Will Farrell-backed weekly, half-hour series features historical re-enactments by inebriated A-listers. The series is making the jump from the Internet after garnering millions of hits on YouTube and Funny or Die. Past participants have included Jack Black, Jim Carrey, Michael Cera, Zooey Deschanel, Ryan Gosling, John C Reilly, Jason Ritter and Danny McBride.

The idea previously came to pay-TV via a Drunk History short produced for the HBO series Funny or Die Presents, starring Ferrell as Abraham Lincoln and Don Cheadle as Frederick Douglass. It received The Jury Prize for Best American Short Film at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

"As they always say ... history, like revenge, is a dish best served drunk," said Kent Alterman, head of original programming and production at Comedy Central.

Adding to the froth, co-producer Adam McKay said, "Will and I have always believed booze brings out truth. Sometimes that truth involves hitting on airport bar janitors or eating cheese fries at 4am. But in this case, we hope that truth will shine on our nation's history."