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TV review: Belly up to 'Drunk History'

My high school history teachers would not approve. On "Drunk History" (9 p.m. CT July 9, Comedy Central; 3 stars out of 4), comics guzzle large amounts of alcohol before retelling historical incidents while comic actors lip-sync their every mispronunciation, slurred word and digression.

It's epic, hilarious and totally tasteless. But "Drunk History" is not for the reverent—or teetotalers for that matter. (If you don't find overserved individuals slightly amusing, look away!)

Creator Derek Waters and director Jeremy Konner are bringing the concept they launched on Funny or Die to Comedy Central for eight half-hour episodes, kicking the party off Tuesday with three stories set in Washington.

In the first, a wasted Matt Gourley blunders through the story of 1970s Watergate reporter Bob Woodward (Nathan Fielder) and how he met his secret source, who became known as Deep Throat (Fred Willard). Although funny, the connection between narrator and actors isn't quite as synched as in the second tale, which has Allan McCleod explain the rivalry between actor Edwin Booth and his brother, John Wilkes, who would go on to assassinate Lincoln.

The hilarity of this story comes not just from McCleod's meandering delivery, but the way "Parks and Recreation" star Adam Scott (as John Wilkes), Will Forte (as Edwin) and Stephen Merchant (as Lincoln) re-enact—and react—to his story.

By the time the third skit came around, I was kind of over the whole "inebriated narrator" thing—no offense to storyteller Eric Edelstein—but then Jack Black showed up as Elvis Presley, who left his Memphis mansion Graceland to seek a law enforcement badge from President Richard Nixon (Bob Odenkirk, reprising his role from the first skit).

It's funny, but again, not very respectful. But who cares? As long as you're not watching while driving, you're hurting no one.


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