Drunk History: Black Stories, a spinoff of Comedy Central’s series Drunk History will be hosted by Rapman and highlight global Black icons. The series was developed by Gwendolyn Elliott of ViacomCBS Networks International Communications.
The cast includes Scorcher, Zeze Millz, Leticia Hector, Lola Jagun, Femi Oyeniran, Sheila Atim, CJ Beckford, Natey Jones, Tom Moutchi as reenactors, with the stories narrated by Amma Asante, Jamali Maddix, Kevin 'KG' Garry & Travis Jay, Desiree Burch, Tom Moutchi & Ty Logan and Thanyia Moore.
Following a similar format to the Comedy Central original, in Drunk History: Black Stories, “ iconic stories in history are told by an inebriated narrator, while actors reenact the narrator’s tale and lip-sync their dialogue.”
The six-episode series spotlights iconic Black people and their cultural contributions through the use of comedy. Every Thursday, a new episode will be released.
Kerry Taylor, EVP, Youth and Entertainment Brands, ViacomCBS international said, “This series combines the power of the Comedy Central brand and outstanding talent to put front and center decentered Black voices and their influence on global history, all through a comedic lens. Taylor continues, “Black creatives, crew members and talent brought this show to life so we can celebrate the incredible contributions of Black figures from across the African diaspora.”
“My entire career has been focused on telling authentic, Black stories," said Rapman. "I’m excited to be a part of a show created by Black people where viewers can be entertained while learning about these unsung Black heroes.”
The show’s U.S. predecessor, although renewed for a seventh season was canceled after six seasons due to the pandemic.
Drunk History: Black Stories launched Tuesday Comedy Central UK’s digital platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.
Watch the first episode below: