A lawyer defends the lives of rats in court, Henry Bergh establishes the ASPCA, and horse learns to solve math problems. Featuring Mae Whitman, Claudia O'Doherty, Paul Scheer, Martin Starr and Samm ...
Wow. I'm normally a bit hypersensitive to "make-work" programs for talented thespians, and "Drunk History" could sorta be described that way.
But it somehow comes off like a genuine labor of love. And, for that, I can forgive a lot of things.
And, speaking of things needing forgiveness, what else may need to be forgiven in these productions of "Drunk History"?
Not much, if'n you asks me! The production is excellent; the adaptation of the drunken interviews to screen action is ingenious. Skilled folks are brought to the task of polishing up the final product. The sound and camera work are fine. The selection of lively targets of inebriation and exhortation to hold forth lovingly (if a bit sloppily) on fascinating bits of history seems inspired.
I've seen 6 of the produced episodes, and they're all winners. There are typically 3 segments per episode, which is impressive; this represents a lot of hard work! Maybe not every segment scintillates, in my mind, but each show has at least 3 or 4 "wow" moments, which make the shows well, well worth watching, in my book.
Check it out. If you're a history buff, you might find yourself secretly wishing Derek Waters would come a-knockin' on your door, with camera crew in tow, offering *you* an opportunity to dip our toes in yet-another limpid pool of "Drunk History"!
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