‘Drunk History’ filming tonight at Smith Commons

For anyone who loves both history and booze, Funny or Die's "Drunk History" web series is the greatest thing on the Internet, and it's coming live to H Street NE tonight.


Tonight, Smith Commons' lounge will be filled with people getting drunk and talking about history. (Photo by Amanda Voisard/The Washington Post)

Here's an example of how the show works: Comedian Jen Kirkman drinks two bottles of wine before launching into a rambling, historically inaccurate account of the working relationship between Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Her (slurred) account is  the voice-over for actors Don Cheadle (as Douglass), Will Ferrell (as Lincoln) and Zooey Deschanel (as Mary Todd Lincoln), who portray Kirkman's version of the events. It's wildly funny on all counts.

Comedy Central picked up "Drunk History" as a TV series earlier this year, and producers (including Ferrell) will be filming eight episodes around the country. Tonight, the tour stops at Smith Commons. We asked bar owner Miles Gray III for details, and while he couldn't tell us which actors will be present or what historical events they will portray, the event is free and open to the public. Be at the bar by 8 p.m. for the filming, which starts at 8:30. If you're lucky, you might make it onto TV yourself.

Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.

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