Comedy Central’s hit television show “Drunk History” recently tackled one of the most important events in the history of the queer rights movement: the Stonewall Riots.
The episode is narrated by the hilarious Crissle West ― and yes, she’s actually drunk! ― and stars transgender actresses Alexandra Grey and Trace Lysette, both of “Transparent” fame, as queer icons Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, respectively.
West’s hilarious commentary adds an adept comedic touch to the emotional story of the Stonewall riots, during which patrons at New York City’s Stonewall Inn ― primarily queer and trans people of color ― fought back against police, who were constantly raiding the bar, on June 28, 1969.
“There’s all this controversy about casting cisgender actors in trans roles, so it’s nice that [Comedy Central] wanted to be authentic and give that role to a trans person,” actress Alexandra Grey told Out Magazine. “I really wanted to challenge myself to comedy.”
The segment focuses primarily on Johnson, who famously threw the first shot glass that set off the riots. West also paints a picture of how the event led to a greater awareness about the power of queer community and coming together against oppressive forces.
Check out the “Drunk History” segment above.