If you didn’t catch the latest “Drunk History” ― Episode 10, Season 4 ― please correct your mistake. Stream the blessed television experience on Comedy Central’s website or app so that you, like we did, can witness the magic that is Lin-Manuel Miranda, drunk, reciting history like it’s his job.
(Note: It was his job. See: “Hamilton: An American Musical,” which he created. And that’s why he’s do goddamn good at it, even when plied with copious amounts of booze.)
If you’ve already watched the episode several times today... great. Let’s talk. There are a few moments we’d like to underscore. Because the biography of Alexander Hamilton is made infinitely more interesting when acted out by the likes of Alia Shawkat, Aubrey Plaza, Tony Hale, David Wain, Bokeem Woodbine and a little known actor named David Grohl. (Yes, Dave Grohl.)
Those moments are:
- This introductory quote from Miranda on Alexander Hamilton: “History spoiler: He’s gonna invent our economy.”
- That time a “sick-ass Hamilton” arrived on a flaming ship to America. Note to audience: “Your ass will never be the same.”
- The first time Miranda acknowledged his drunkenness: “OK, I’m gonna lean forward ... Oh shit, I’m drunk ... Pretty drunk.”
- The second time he acknowledged his drunkenness: “I’m giggly and there’s gaps in my memory already.”
- That time Miranda compared the Reynolds Pamphlet to a Penthouse Letter using the phrases “ripped-bodice woman” and “Dick 101.” (Bonus, you can read the real Reynolds Pamphlet here and compare them to Penthouse Letters for yourself!)
- That time Questlove FaceTimed with Miranda during the “Drunk History” taping. Also, that time Christopher Jackson FaceTimed with him during the same taping. “You’re my best friend,” Miranda told Jackson. “As long as I have a job, you have a job.” #SquadGoals.
- When Miranda and “Drunk History” host/co-creator Derek Waters discussed ordering a Domino’s pizza. (We’ve all been there.)
- When Miranda said “bro” at least nine times in a row.
- When Miranda sang ― and played on the piano ― a rendition of Semisonic’s “Closing Time.” Wow.
- That time Miranda introduced us to the phrase “fuck you-it-iveness.”
- Those closing words: “It’s fucked up. It’s really fucked up.”
- Finally, everything Tony Hale did. Just gaze upon the clip above and the screenshots below.
There are few things in this world as beautiful as a “Drunk History” episode. And to modify that statement, there are few things in this world as beautiful as the original “Drunk History” episode about the American statesman and Founding Father Hamilton.
Somehow, Miranda is able to charmingly swear his way through a rival performance, proving that he and his pony tail can do anything. Anything.