Wednesday, August 21, 2013

History, Schmistory. Pass the Sangria.

Hello friend! How's your August going?

Have you chased down an ice cream truck yet?

Seen a movie under the stars?

Made a sandcastle?


Don't panic, you still have time!

In the spirit of summer fun, I decided to go back and explore the TV must list that I made in June to see if there were any hidden gems in my top 10. I think it's safe to say there were some winners (Graceland) some losers (Camp) and one what in the name of... (Under the Dome). But for the last of my summer picks, I decided to focus on a show created for those of us who like our U.S. history with a shot of tequila (and a bottle of wine...and a few 40s): Comedy Central's Drunk History.



You guys, this show is downright magical.

When it first started airing, I was unsure if the half-hour version of Drunk History could even compare to its source material (the brilliant funnyordie.com web shorts that started it all), but as the season went on, I fell so head over heels with this weird little series that I was literally forcing people to watch it. In a nutshell, host Derek Waters travels the country getting comedians trashed and asking them to tell their favorite stories about America. Then a whole slew of celebrities (in really bad wigs) re-enact the stories word for word, lip-syncing every burp, hiccup, giggle, and mispronunciation from the story tellers along the way. Believe it or not, you'll actually learn some stuff about this great country of ours from these wasted historians - who knew that Cornflakes were created at a Seventh Day Adventist sanitarium because of an accident with moldy dough? And YES the comics really are drunk (the proof is in the puking) which makes it all the funnier.


Barkeep! Can we get some clips over here?

You got it. I've included the previews below for some of my favorite sketches of the season (and thanks for the tip, but I think you've had enough).

Liz's Top 5 Drunk History Sketches:


5. The Story of John Pemberton and the Invention of Coca-Cola
From the episode: Atlanta
The drunk historian: Jenny Slate
Celebrity re-enactor: Bill Hader




4. The Story of Dolly Parton's Solo Career
From the episode: Nashville
The drunk historian: Seth Weitberg
Celebrity re-enactor: Casey Wilson


3. The Story of Mary Dyer
From the episode: Boston
The drunk historian: Jen Kirkman
Celebrity re-enactors: Winona Ryder, Michael Cera



2. The Story of Lewis and Clark's Expedition
 
From the episode: Nashville
The drunk historians: Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark
Celebrity re-enactors: Tony Hale, Taran Killam, Aubrey Plaza, Kumail Nanjiani 



1. The Story of Patty Hearst's Kidnapping
From the episode: San Francisco
The drunk historian: Natasha Leggero
Celebrity re-enactors: Kristin Wiig, Terry Crews



Honorable mention goes to: The story of The Kellogg Brothers (Luke Wilson & Owen Wilson) and the invention of Cornflakes, as told by Paget Brewster in the Detroit episode.


Tune in for the "Wild West" season finale of Drunk History, Tuesday, August 27th at 10PM on Comedy Central.


Just a few things before I have too many margaritas and start talking about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire (nobody wants to see that)...

Leah's Under the Dome Recap for the week of 8/19: "The mini dome/black egg has vanished from the woods! Luckily the kids discovered that Joe slept-walked it to his barn...creepy. In other news, a bossy lady named Max appeared out of nowhere and was blackmailing Barbie and Big Jim. She is mean!"


- Check out last week's Nerdist podcast interview with the charming and hilarious Lauren Graham (Gilmore GirlsParenthood) who has a new TV show in the works! She and host Chris Hardwick are friends from way back, so the conversation is particularly entertaining.  

Graham on conquering the fear of missing out: "You gotta shut it down. If you realize at a certain point that you're chasing the fun, you gotta just go home and watch TV." Ah, a girl after my own heart!


- To my good friend Alison - and anyone else who got hooked on Orphan Black and watched the whole thing in two days, only to discover that the next season doesn't start for another 7 months - I am so sorry, and I feel your pain. Let Buzzfeed help you get your life back to normal again (this article from hypable won't hurt either).


Come back next Wednesday for Part 1 of my Fall TV Preview where I'll be exploring all the new must-watch shows of the '13-'14 season. Have a great week, everyone! 


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