Welcome to the show. -Thank you, Trevor.
-First of all, thank you for helping us
make that, uh, Trump history. -Oh, that was so much fun.
-Right. Here’s something I’ve always
wanted, because with Trump it happens naturally,
but you have the show. I remember the first time
I watched it. It was one of the funniest
things I’ve ever seen. You’ve got people who are drunk, and they’re telling
a history story, but all those stories
are factually correct. -Right, 100% true, yeah.
-So you have fact-checkers who come in to make sure
that the drunk people -are doing it right?
-Right. It’s kind of like the reverse
of how you’re taught in comedy, is, like, you know, don’t…
don’t look down on the audience, make them look smart, right?
I want the audience to think they’re smarter
than the narrator, and then be like, “Oh, my God,
they just taught me something. That drunk person
has intelligence.” But here’s something
I didn’t know about the show. Like, I always thought you just
literally got a person drunk, -Right. -and then you
ask them to tell the story, and then they did it. But it takes you, like, what,
six hours to shoot one story. Yeah, six to eight hours, yeah. But why does it take so long? Well, uh, you know,
whenever any human being -has alcohol, they, um…
-(laughter) It’s much like taming
a lion, you know? It takes a lot of time. But the first hour is:
I’m gonna be as funny as I can in front of a camera and in front of a crew,
and that’s the hard… That’s when I realize
it’s a job, when I just have to sit there and have someone trying
to be funny for an hour. -Oh. -That’s-that’s
what any human being would do -with alcohol and a camera.
-Right. Uh, so that takes a while, and then they get drunk
a little longer and then, uh, try to make it
a little funnier. But the funniest thing
about the whole thing is I always, always get
an e-mail the next day going, “I’m so sorry
I didn’t tell the story.” They just never, ever remember
telling the story, so I-I start every night going,
“I promise you tonight “you will never believe me
that we told the story, but I promise I will not leave
until we have the story.” -To try to create that trust.
-Right, right, right. It never works. It becomes… It starts Drunk History,
then it becomes a Cops episode. (laughs):
I love… I love that you just
basically… You get someone drunk,
and then you wait for them to move away
from, like, the happy drunk… -Yeah.
-…to that point where, like, we’ve all been
or our friends have been where it’s just, like,
a very depressed drunk person. (laughs) It’s that point of,
“I’m not trying to be funny. -I’m telling you how I feel.”
-Yes. “This issue
that happened 300 years ago means something to me,
and it happened to me, man.” -And I’m like, “Oh, then you’re
you. Then you’re you.” -Okay. -So, help me with the science
of this. How you… -Yeah. Do you teach them
the history beforehand? -They know the history
beforehand, yeah. -Right. They have, like,
a week to study it. -And then… -And then they just
have to keep telling the story -over and over and over again.
-They have to keep telling it, and then, uh,
God did a good job on me of, like, making me look
and sound like I’m really drunk, so, um, it’s very believable. The first time I met him,
I thought it was, like… I thought, like,
part of your contract was that
you just had to be drunk because of, like, Drunk History. I was like, “Ah, this is…
This makes sense.” And it’s like, no, you…
But you do. -You do have, like,
a drunk vibe to you. -Yes, yes. (laughs):
I have a very drunk… It’s an honest assessment. It was… it was also
at the Justin Bieber roast, so let’s be honest. (laughs) Yeah, this…
Okay, this season, though, is truly, truly one
of the most star-studded casts that you have.
You’ve got everyone from… You’ve got Will Ferrell,
you’ve got Elijah Wood, you’ve got Seth Rogen,
you’ve got Vanessa Hudgens, Rachel Wood from Westworld. In the past,
you’ve had Tiffany Haddish, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jim Carrey. How do you get these people
to agree to come and be drunk? Uh, Kickstarter.com. Uh, I started it
a couple years ago, and, uh, yeah,
I’m still alive somehow. No, uh, I just–
I got lucky, man. I got really lucky. I think– I humbly think
it’s a unique idea. Uh, um, but I also think people
want to, like, tell history. People like– I also think
people like to feel smart, whether they are or they aren’t. -They like to watch the show
and then be like, -That’s true. “Hey, did you know that?
Did you know that? Ha-ha, I did.” But I-I love that, because, I don’t know,
history sometimes isn’t taught in the most exciting way. And this is a way
that I-I humbly think that you can stay focused and want to hear
every word they’re gonna say. I feel like this should be
implemented in schools. I feel like history–
I would’ve listened more if history class was just,
like, celebrities getting drunk. If they just brought
drunk celebrities to my school, I would’ve passed history with,
like, flying marks every time. -How do– Let me ask you this
though. -Yeah. How do you know
when Will Ferrell is drunk? Oh.
(chuckles) I wish. He-He’s just reenacting. -He’s not getting drunk.
-Oh. Okay, okay. -Yeah, yeah, yeah. -‘Cause
I was like, “You can’t, like…” No, no, no. I legally would
never be able to do that. Yeah. There’s just, like, some
people, where you just go, like, “How do you do it?”
Um, before I let you go, -the one thing I’ve
always wanted to know is -Yeah. you have alcohol, you have
comedians getting drump– drunk. Surely, somebody has done
something so crazy, like, you didn’t put it on TV
but you were like, “This-this thing happened.”
Like, did someone attack you? -Did someone throw up on you?
Did… -All of those. Yeah. Uh, we have a medic
and security on set. It’s a poison. You shouldn’t drink alcohol.
(laughing) I am not– Uh, my show
doesn’t endorse alcohol. It endorses history and comedy. Indulge in history
but not alcohol. -Dude, thank you so much
for being on the show. -Yeah. Thank you, Trevor. Thank you. I’m excited for it. Season six of Drunk History will premiere on Comedy Central January 15 at 10:00 p.m. Derek Waters, everybody.