Comedy Central recently raised a glass in honor of their sketch series “Drunk History” with an all-star live reading of their Emmy nominated episode “Are You Afraid of the Drunk?” Evan Rachel Wood, Seth Rogen, Colin Hanks and Jack McBrayer were among the participants who joined creator Derek Waters for the event, which took place at the Montalban Theater in Los Angeles. Watch an exclusive video clip from the reading above.
Week after week, “Drunk History” assembles an A-list cast to recreate some of the world’s greatest events, as recounted by an inebriated storyteller. In “Are You Afraid of the Drunk?,” viewers get an inside look at how Mary Shelley (Wood) authored her classic horror tale “Frankenstein.” McBrayer and Rogen popped up in the episode as well as poet Lord Byron and Shelley’s creation Dr. Victor Frankenstein, respectively. The three stars recreated their roles for a delighted audience of Emmy and guild voters, mouthing the words spoken by their drunken orator.
Produced by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, “Drunk History” has been an Emmy mainstay over the last five years. The show just earned its fifth consecutive bid in Best Variety Sketch Series, previously competing in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. “Are You Afraid of the Drunk?” also brought it nominations for directing and film editing. It won a prize for its costumes in 2015 and reaped noms for editing in 2016, 2017 and 2018, production design in 2016 and 2017 and directing in 2017.
Will this ambitious episode help “Drunk History” take down Emmy behemoth “Saturday Night Live”? Both contend in the category against previous nominees “At Home with Amy Sedaris,” “Documentary Now!” and “I Love You, America” (also produced by McKay and Ferrell), as well as newcomer “Who Is America?” from Sacha Baron Cohen.
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