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.
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.