Pour your favorite cocktail and get ready for the funniest comedians on Comedy Central's Drunk History. The show has no reason to slow down until every single major and obscure historical event has been slurred through, and with so much lush and boozy content to cover, Drunk History has built a roster of inebriated all-stars.
What qualities are you looking for in funny Drunk History narrators? Are you more impressed with those who can retain knowledge while trying to stay upright or those who can make shockingly accurate sound effects while telling their warped stories?
What works for you? Is it Jenny Slate’s sing-song lilt and way of shipping scientists? Or Kyle Kinane’s drunkest-man-in-the-world version of the Haymarket Riot? Or Chris Romano’s thing for taking off his pants, no matter the topic? History gets whitewashed over time, but you just know that some of our founding fathers ran around pants-less a time or seven.
Jen Kirkman is a Drunk History fav, having slid to the floor numerous times in her reteller post. Her vertically-challenged fellow narrator Mark Gagliardi is also more comfortable slurring through history from a flat surface. Tymberlee Hill can be counted upon for passion as well as Crissle West and Artemis Pebdani. All three have inspired some of the best Drunk History episodes on the books.
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West is passionate about Harriet Tubman’s work as a spy for the Union during the Civil War. She throws herself into the retelling with such relish and fire, it was worthy of Octavia Spencer being asked to play Tubman. It’s one of the best Drunk History episodes in the run of the show. Also, West’s take on Marsha P. Johnson and the Stonewall riots is also a thing of beauty. “I got my civil rights!”
Kirkman is a Drunk History all-star for two reasons. She’s passionate about her topics (she cries over Mary Dyer’s story). And, she’s probably going to end up sliding off whatever she’s sitting on, coming to rest in a near face-plant, asking for snacks. Where IS her cheesy bread?! The best thing about her Dyer narration was her tears at the end while she also slammed Jim Morrison’s music. Fun fact: when Kirkman met Winona Ryder (who played Mary Dyer), host Derek Waters said, “They were in love with each other.”
Hill had already thrown up before she launched into her narration about Ella Fitzgerald (Gabourey Sidibe) and Marilyn Monroe (Juno Temple), but she’s so excited about telling the story of this famous friendship, it’s infectious. As drunk as she is, Hill hits all the highlights, including Ella’s scat. She closes out the retelling with genuine tears.
Slate is a super cute drunk. For “A Sound in Space,” Slate gives reenactors Justin Long (Arno Penzias) and Jason Ritter (Robert Wilson) a wacky and wonderful soundtrack to perform to. She also creates a special relationship for the two scientists as they search for the mysterious sound from deep space.