Tonight sees the return of Drunk History, comedian Derek Waters's Funny Or Die web series-turned-Comedy Central show that sees comedians getting intoxicating and recounting famous historical events. Season two of Drunk History finds the show expanding and taking on new challenges, with a full 10-episode order (two more than last year) and a handful of episodes structured on certain themes (like "American music," for example). I recently had the chance to talk to Waters about the elaborate safety precautions Drunk History for its historians, his dreams of having Pearl Jam do the show as themselves, and allude to a secret Comedy Central project he can't talk about yet.
Summer is typically an unusual season in the TV world, as all the broadcast series go on hiatus, cable networks air some cool stuff, and, as of late, the major networks do some weird experimental stuff that mostly doesn't end up working. This summer is no different, with cable favorites like Nathan For You, Louie (currently airing), and Comedy Bang! Bang! returning while NBC is bringing back Last Comic Standing and experimenting with a couple international comedies and Fox is debuting an improvised game show.
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Comedy Central announced renewals for two of its most popular shows today: Key & Peele and Drunk History. This will mark the fourth season for Key & Peele, the sketch show from comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele that is currently airing its third season, and the second for Drunk History, Derek Waters's inebriated historical reenactment series, which debuted this summer. The new seasons of both shows are set to air in 2014. Comedy Central's announcement did not mention how many episodes they've ordered for each show.
In 2007, Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner created the first video in the web series Drunk History, in which wasted comedians retell stories of figures such as Thomas Edison, Aaron Burr, or Abraham Lincoln, and familiar actors reenact the sloppy histories. The video gained the attention of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, who made it into a Funny or Die exclusive series, as well as a heaping handful of comedians and actors who later starred in the reenactments, including Jack Black, Don Cheadle, Zooey Deschanel, Ryan Gosling, and more.
On July 9th, Drunk History makes its television debut launching an eight-episode season on Comedy Central. Waters acts as [...]