COMEDY CENTRAL UK ANNOUNCES PILOT FOR ‘DRUNK HISTORY’
London, 30 September 2014: Comedy Central today announced that production has commenced for a UK pilot of hit Comedy Central US series Drunk History. The pilot is being produced by Tiger Aspect.
Each episode of Drunk History features two comedians getting very drunk in order to tell a true historical story they are passionate about. As they narrate these stories, slurred word for slurred word, a host of well-known actors, celebrities and other comedians act out these new, rather blurry versions of history. Dustin Demri-Burns, Tom Rosenthal, Mat Horne and Rob Beckett have all signed to appear in the pilot, with Jimmy Carr providing the voice over.
Lourdes Diaz, VP, Head of Global Production and Development, Comedy Central International said: “I am thrilled that we have commissioned a UK pilot for Drunk History. The show is already a smash hit in the US and I’m sure our UK audience will love this local version too! I can’t wait to see some of our most loved comedians attempt to recall some of history’s greatest moments in a totally inebriated state.”
Andy Brereton, Head of Comedy and Entertainment, Tiger Aspect added: “They say history is written by the winners, but on this show it’s written by the wasted. It’s an absolute honour to be making Drunk History for Comedy Central. I’m sure my history teacher will be very proud, as will the landlord at my local pub.”
Drunk History is being produced by Ben Rogers and directed by Tom McKay. Executive producers for Comedy Central are Jill Offman, Lourdes Diaz and Joe McVey. Andy Brereton is Executive Producer for Tiger Aspect.
This pilot for Drunk History is part of Comedy Central UK’s remit to commission more original content and follows recent pilots for multi-camera sitcoms I Live With Models and Mummy’s Boys and production being green-lit for two news series starring Russell Howard.
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Comedy Central is a leading Pay TV General Entertainment channel and is part of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN). A joint venture between VIMN (75%) and BSkyB (25%), Comedy Central airs on the Sky and Virgin Media platforms. Comedy Central launched in the UK in April 2008 and has since grown by a phenomenal 82%. The channel broadcasts a mix of hit US acquisitions and original UK productions targeting a 16-34 year-old audience. Popular shows include Two and a Half Men, Mike and Molly, The Middle, The Daily Show, South Park and Friends. In 2012 Comedy Central aired its first local commission Threesome which received both critical acclaim and high ratings. A subsequent series followed as well as the channel’s second commission Alternative Comedy Experience. In 2013 Seann Walsh World and Big Bad World made their debut with further commissions set to follow. In addition to the main Comedy Central channel are Comedy Central +1, Comedy Central Extra and Comedy Central Extra +1 providing audiences with more viewing opportunities and more fantastic content.