‘Drunk History’ returns for season 3 Tuesday

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

The funniest way to learn about American history returns Tuesday when Comedy Central premieres the third season of “Drunk History.”

Created and presented by comedian Derek Waters, the show features an interview with a drunk person, usually a comedian, reciting events of a notable point in our nation’s history. The slurry story is recreated with actors lip syncing the dialog. Some of the more famous folks involved in past episodes include Jack Black as Elvis Presley, Fred Willard as Deep Throat, Winona Ryder as Mary Dyer and Jason Schwartzman as Ralph Nader.

“Everyone is truly wasted,” says comedian Jen Kirkman, who has been the inebriated narrator on “Drunk History” more than once. She’s usually filmed drinking white wine. “It’s the only thing that doesn’t make me throw up if I drink a lot of it.”

Kirkman will be back for season three of “Drunk History” to tell the story of 19th century cartoonist Thomas Nast. Comedians Kyle Kinane, Paul F. Tompkins and Cameron Esposito are among the other drunk narrators who got bombed in the name of education for the show.

“Derek Waters got the idea from a friend who was way drunker than him and he would not stop talking about the history of jazz,” Kirkman says.

The season three premiere episode stars Greg Kinnear as Thaddeus Lowe, Stephen Merchant as President Abraham Lincoln and Justin Long and Jason Ritter as scientists Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, respectively.



‘Drunk History’

10:30 p.m. Tuesday

Comedy Central