Put down the books and grab a drink! Drunk History is moving to Comedy Central. Drunk History, a weekly, half-hour series where historical reenactments by A-list talent are presented by inebriated storytellers, has been ordered to series, it was announced today by Kent Alterman, Head of Original Programming and Production, Comedy Central. Produced by Gary Sanchez Productions and executive produced by creator and star Derek Waters, writer and director Jeremy Konner, along with Gary Sanchez Productions' Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy and Owen Burke, the series is set to premiere eight episodes this summer.
Here's what Kent Alterman had to say about the show.
"As they always say...history, like revenge, is a dish best served drunk."
Executive producer Adam McKay also released a statement regarding the new series.
"Will and I have always believed booze brings out truth. Sometimes that truth involves hitting on airport bar janitors or eating cheese fries at 4 a.m. But in this case, we hope that truth will shine on our nation's history."
Based on the award-winning and wildly popular web series, Drunk History follows the drunken and often incoherent narration of historical moments. Creator and star Waters, along with an ever-changing cast of great actors that have participated to date, will lead viewers from town to town across the country, presenting the rich histories that every city in this land, both great and small, have to offer. Seth Cohen and Ian Friedman are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.
After millions of hits on YouTube and Funny or Die, Drunk History is based on the award-winning web series originally created by Writer and performer Waters and directed by Konner. Following storytellers' drunken narration, Waters and Konner filmed reenactments of historical events starring A-list actors including Jack Black, Jim Carrey, Michael Cera, Zooey Deschanel, Ryan Gosling, John C. Reilly, Jason Ritter and Danny McBride. A Drunk History short produced for the HBO series Funny or Die Presents, starring Ferrell as Abraham Lincoln and Don Cheadle as Frederick Douglass, received The Jury Prize for Best American Short Film at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.