Everyone’s favourite alcohol-centric television show is almost back, and some of Hollywood’s hottest, history-loving celebrities are showing up right along with it.
One of those celebrities is Tiffany Haddish, who has been on a roll ever since her hilarious turn in last summer’s Girls Trip. In the first preview for Drunk History Season Five, Haddish narrates the story of renowned art historian and military captain Rose Valland (played by Freaks and Geeks’ Busy Phillips) with even more charm and humour than we expected (which was a lot). But before launching into Valland’s story, Haddish helps Drunk History host Derek Waters fill in a colouring book and talks about how she used to test potential dating prospects by seeing if they were sober enough to colour within the lines. Not a bad strategy.
Haddish, armed with some sort of Vodka-based beverage, proceeds to tell Waters (and, by extension, all of us) about Valland’s bravery. As the story goes, Nazi soldiers started robbing the Jeu de Paume Museum, where Valland worked. Little did they know, Valland spoke German and understood every word the Nazis were saying. As a result, she was able to help retrieve millions of dollars worth of art just a few years later. Haddish, naturally, spices the story up with her own interjections, insisting that hiding Van Gogh paintings in caves is “disrespectful” and that Valland did the Nae Nae after exposing Nazi official Hermann Göring.
Vulture also recently conducted an interview with Waters, who answered several questions about working with Haddish and about Drunk History as a whole. Apparently Waters filmed Haddish’s Drunk History appearance before Girls Trip even came out, which made her meteoric rise to fame even more of a pleasant surprise. But Waters sensed that Haddish had a certain magical, indescribable quality that all the best Drunk History guests possess, and his instincts clearly paid off. Who else would profess their status as a “Jew-Jo” (half-Jewish, half-Jehovah’s Witness) in the middle of a story about stolen art?
Unfortunately, not everyone can be as funny as Haddish. So Waters says that, at the very least, Drunk History narrators have to like drinking (but not have a drinking problem), be likeable, and be opinionated. They also have to be willing to put in quite a bit of time and effort, as narrators usually need at least two weeks to prepare for an episode and six to eight hours to actually shoot it. Not bad considering how long other movies or TV shows take to shoot, but it’s definitely a commitment.
And according to Waters, most of those hours are spent filming the narrator’s story over and over again, at varying levels of drunkenness. We can’t help but wonder which Haddish take Waters ended up using for the final cut—does it seem like a two-drink take or more of a five-drink take?
Drunk History Season Five will feature dozens of celebrities including Vanessa Hudgens, Abbi Jacobson, and Tatiana Maslany. Don’t miss the season premiere on tonight, Tuesday, January 23 at 10E/7P.