Pulitzer-winning TV critic Emily Nussbaum once called the Emmy-winning Drunk History “sweet, filthy, and forgiving.” Comedy Central’s intoxicated yet historically accurate take on pivotal events you learned about in social studies has run for six seasons so far, with some offbeat casting (30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer as Andrew Jackson) and impressively slurred dialogue.
Both it and host Derek Waters will be found at Civic Center in late June as part of Clusterfest, the three-day comedy event that re-created both Monk’s Diner from Seinfeld and Paddy’s Pub from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. This time, though, it’s going to be sweeter, filthier, and more forgiving, because Waters will host pub trivia on the lawn opposite City Hall.
It’s part of Clusterfest’s newly released culinary lineup, which includes a number of treats to keep you well-fed and content while you see acts like Amy Poehler and Friends, Leslie Jones, Anthony Jeselnik, and Tig Notaro. All that weekend, you can enjoy burrito bowls and “Sexy Fries” from Curry Up Now, Bourbon Coke Floats from Humphry Slocombe, doughnut sundaes from Johnny Doughnuts, and Tumblin’ Dice Pizza Slices from Homeslice.
In the Drunk History beer garden, you can get Alexander Hamiltots (served with two corn dog muffins), Agathy Crispy Battered Fish & Chips, and plenty of Hop Valley beers. Hopefully, “Weird” Al Yankovic will show up to reprise his role as Adolf Eichmann, or at least Method Man portraying Grandmaster Flash, but however this version of the American pageant goes down, you can have a ramenburger from Nombe, which has been a staple at Outside Lands and other festivals for years and years. Nixon meets Elvis [Hiccough] Also, Gettysburg.
Clusterfest, Friday-Sunday, June 21-23, at Civic Center Plaza and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Single-day tickets $109-$274.50, three-day passes are $259.50-$1,250, clusterfest.com.