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'Drunk History' creator says he aims to inform, but thanks for the laughs

'Drunk History' creator says he aims to inform, but thanks for the laughs

A third season of the highly unlikely, oddly lovable "Drunk History," in which drunks tell stories from American history, begins Tuesday on Comedy Central. Like a man slipping on a banana peel, its humorous mechanism is easily grasped once seen, but the effects are surprisingly complex and sophisticated. The idea is simple, though words tend to fail it: A person, typically a comedian or comic writer, versed in a historical event, drinks to a point of serious inebriation and then tells the story; an edited recording of that performance becomes the soundtrack — both the narration and dialogue — for a full-on, costumed, lip-synced reenactment. Three of these are packaged...

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