With the second season of Comedy Central’s Drunk History just a month away from hitting the air, let’s pour you a tall, frosty glass of casting news: David Cross, Laura Dern, Patton Oswalt, and Charlie Day are among the notable names who will pop up this summer on the only TV series in which an intoxicated narrator shares a true-but-lesser-known tale from our nation’s past while celebrities act out his or her version of the story.
Arrested Development fans will be pleased as spiked punch to learn that three cast members — Cross, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat — will appear this season. A trio of alums from Friday Night Lights (Adrianne Palicki, Zach Gilford, Jesse Plemons) are also getting the call to re-enaction, as are three stars from The League (Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll, Jason Mantzoukas) and two from Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio). And if it has always been your very specific dream to see Courteney Cox as first lady Edith Wilson, Johnny Knoxville as Johnny Cash, and Laura Dern as trailblazing investigative journalist Nellie Bly, well, then this season is your lucky one.
“Casting season 2, I had one thing in mind — to keep clear eyes and a full heart so I wouldn’t lose,” Drunk History host/co-creator Derek Waters tells EW. “I was lucky enough to get several cast members from Friday Night Lights as well as the Hollywood Hall of Fame of my favorite dream actors to work with, no matter what their IMDb star meter is.”
As you can see in these images from various episodes, Stephen Merchant and Cross are teaming up to play George Washington and Friedrich Wilhem von Steuben, who was Inspector General and Major General in the Continental Army under Washington’s command. In another story, John Lithgow (pictured above) will offer up his version on Washington, while Chris Parnell does his best impression of Benedict Arnold and Winona Ryder assumes the role of his second wife, Peggy Shippen. And, yes, that’s Jordan Peele formulating his take on pioneering chemist Percy Julian.
Other returning guest stars who are popping up in new roles include Jack Black, Casey Wilson, and Jack McBrayer. Also keep an educated eye out for such famous folks as Charlie Day, Lisa Bonet, husband Jason Momoa, Tim Heidecker, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Busy Philipps, Jason Ritter, Matt Walsh, Jerry O’Connell, Jon Daly, Emily Deschanel, Bobby Moynihan, Nathan Fielder, Steven Yeun, Retta, Brett Gelman, Ken Marino, Jayma Mays, Martin Starr, Jeffrey Ross, Michaela Watkins, and, sure, Jaleel White.
Paget Brewster and Jen Kirkman are among the season 1 narrators slated to return, while new storytellers include Jonah Ray, Phil Hendrie, Duncan Trussell, Molly McAleer, and Morgan Murphy. Need a drink after making it through all these names? Go ahead. You’ve earned it.
The season 2 premiere, which is set in Montgomery, Ala., debuts July 1 at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central.