Booze News: The Return of Drunk History

>> Sunday, February 21, 2010

The day we've hoped for has finally arrived! Well, actually it's passed, but no matter. Drunk History is back!

As part of the premiere episode of HBO's sketch comedy show, Funny or Die Presents, there was a new drunk history lesson on the meeting of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. As with past Drunk History films, the historic events are enacted by recognizable actors, in this case Don Cheadle (Douglass), Will Ferrell (Lincoln), and Zooey Deschanel (Mrs. Lincoln). And once again, the history value is dubious, but the alcohol content is high.

Previous Drunk History videos have been available in full length on the Funny or Die Website. Unfortunately, only a taste of the new short has appeared online (embedded above). If you want to see the entire short, you'll have to tune into Funny or Die Presents on HBO. The premiere episode will be repeated several times beginning Tuesday, so check your listings or set your DVR.

By the way, the Douglass and Lincoln short recently won a jury prize for short filmmaking at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Another Drunk History short, Tesla and Edison, starring John C. Reilly and Crispen Glover was also entered in the competition, so that short will likely turn up on a future episode of Funny or Die Presents.

For our coverage of the earlier Drunk History shorts, click HERE.


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