Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth were born to a British Actor, named Junius Brutus Booth. Edwin is a favorite of their dad. Junius was so mean, he wouldn’t even let John Wilkes into photographs with them… And he became sad. Which establishes their rivalry.
Let’s all raise our glasses and toast to Drunk History. A new series based on the hilarious Funny or Die web show has been been given an eight-episode order from Comedy Central!
“Will [Ferrell] 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,” said Adam McKay, who will executive produce the series with Ferrell, Chris Henchy, Owen Burke, creator and star Derek Waters and writer and director Jeremy Konner.
Look for the series premiere this summer. In the meantime, click the gif to watch an episode from the web show.
Before filming begins, the Drunk History production team picks cities to visit and two Ph.D. candidates from the University of California Los Angeles compile a list of historical events that have taken place in the chosen location. “Nothing is scripted,” Waters says. “We have them research a little. Sometimes they already know the story and there is some rehearsal so it’s is a coherent story, but the narrators don’t have a script.”
After they learn the story, Waters has his readers get a buzz prior to the host and crew’s arrival. The cameras go on, and the story gets told several times. It takes five or six hours to film each story. During which, the narrators get pukingly drunk. “A lot of the time, I have no idea what they’re talking about,” Waters says. “But as they drink they get more passionate.” The show keeps a medic on set to provide emergency first aid in the event of alcohol overdose.