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|Directed by||Jeremy Konner|
|Presented by||Derek Waters|
|Music by||Dan Gross|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||48 (and 2 specials) (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
Gary Sanchez Productions|
Funny or Die
|Original network||Comedy Central|
|Picture format||16:9 HDTV|
|Original release||July 9, 2013– present|
|Related shows||Drunk History (UK)|
Drunk History is an American educational television comedy series produced by Comedy Central, based on the Funny or Die web series created by Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner in 2007. In each episode, an inebriated narrator, who is played by a comedian joined by host Waters, struggles to recount an event from history, while actors enact the narrator's anecdotes and also lip sync the dialogue. In addition to creator Derek Waters and celebrity guest stars, the show's additional characters are played by regulars such as Bennie Arthur, Tim Baltz, Mort Burke, Sarah Burns, Maria Blasucci, Craig Cackowski, Michael Cassady, Michael Coleman, Tymberlee Hill, Adam Nee, Jeremy J. Tutson, J.T. Palmer and Aasha Davis. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are among the show's executive producers.
The idea for the series originated from a drunken conversation that Derek Waters had with his friend, the actor Jake Johnson, in which Johnson recounted the story of R&B singer Otis Redding who died in a plane crash. Waters thought it would be funny to film and recreate a story of an intoxicated person stumbling through a historical story, and have actors reenact the story. Waters told his friend actor Michael Cera about the idea and Cera encouraged him to make it and volunteered to appear in the video. The first video premiered on the website Funny or Die on August 6, 2007. It starred Johnson, Waters, Cera, and actress Ashley Johnson.
The storytellers in the series read up on the stories while sober, then rehearse it in front of a producer before getting drunk.
Waters said that he drinks with the storytellers in order to "let them know we're doing this together," and as to make it not feel exploitative.
According to series creator Derek Waters all the dates and story elements are true, though the dialogue of the historical figures is obviously not accurate. He told NPR that he "make[s] sure to go back and say: Make sure you say this date or this person's name. I don't want to mess up anyone's names. But obviously the dialogue is the stuff that is not accurate."
|First aired||Last aired|
|Web series||7||January 22, 2008||December 19, 2010|
|1||8||July 9, 2013||August 27, 2013|
|2||10||July 1, 2014||September 2, 2014|
|3||13||September 1, 2015||November 24, 2015|
|4||10||September 27, 2016||December 6, 2016|
|5||14||January 23, 2018||TBA|
|Specials||2||November 8, 2016||November 28, 2017|
Since January 12, 2015, a British version of Drunk History has been broadcast on Comedy Central's UK channel. A Latin American version called Drunk History: El lado borroso de la historia is presented by Eugenio Derbez. The Hungarian version titled Tömény történelem started airing on October 24, 2016 on Comedy Central Hungary. A Brazilian version hosted by Danilo Gentili, called Drunk History Brasil: o Lado Embriagado da História, will be broadcast on SBT as a segment of The Noite com Danilo Gentili in 2017. Comedy Central Brasil will broadcast the show separated from The Noite.
|2014||2013 American Society of Cinematographers Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Half-Hour Episodic Series||Blake McClure (for "Detroit")||Won|||
|2015||41st People's Choice Awards||Favorite Sketch Comedy TV Show||Drunk History||Nominated|||
|67th Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Variety Sketch Series||Drunk History||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Costumes for a Variety Program or a Special||Christina Mongini (for "Hollywood")||Won|
|2016||68th Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Variety Sketch Series||Drunk History||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming||Jody McVeigh-Schultz (for "Inventors")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Series||Rachel Robb Kondrath, Kellie Jo Tinney (for "New Jersey")||Nominated|
|2017||69th Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Variety Sketch Series||Drunk History||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series||Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner
|Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming||Aaron Morris (for "Bar Fights")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Series||Chloe Arbiture, Monica Soto, Rae Deslich (for "Hamilton")||Nominated|