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Drunk History. Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

Drunk History

Comedy Central comedy in which drunk comedians tell stories. 29 episodes (3 series), 2014 - 2017. Stars Jimmy Carr.

Drunk History. Image shows from L to R: Gilbert Gifford (Joel Fry), Frances Walsingham (Alexander Kirk), Elizabeth's Courtier (Sarah Daykin). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

Series 3, Episode 2

Michelle Keegan and Joel Fry act out Lydia Rose Bewley and Jess Knappett's tale of royal rivalry (Queen Elizabeth I versus Mary Queen of Scots) and James 'Murr' Murray blasts through Billy the Kid with Mat Horne and Mat Baynton.

Further details

Mat Horne interview

Drunk History. Billy the Kid (Mathew Horne). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

Which historical figure do you play?

Billy the Kid.

How much did you know about them before taking on this role?

I knew he was called Billy. And that he wasn't a kid. He was an actual adult cowboy.

What was it like having to mime along to the storyteller's words? Did that take much practice to get right?

I've done the UK Drunk History right from the pilot, so I'm pretty used to it now. It's hard the first time you do it, but gets easier from there. Like riding a bike or making love with another adult.

Next time, would you be up for getting drunk and being a storyteller, or is the prospect of a hangover too scary to contemplate?

I don't drink, so it ain't gonna happen.

Are you interested in history? Did you pay attention to the subject at school?

I am very interested in history now. Especially Scottish history, modern American political history and also what happened yesterday. I hated history in school, but mainly because Mr Henderson was boring a.f.

If you had a time machine, which time period would you most like to go back to, and why?

The 17th century, to better research the play I'm currently doing at the Garrick Theatre in the West End, close to all pubs, bars and restaurants. The Miser starring Griff Rhys Jones, Lee Mack, Katy Wix and Ellie White. Until June 10th 2017.

Meanwhile, if you could have a night down the pub with any historical figure (or group of people), who would you invite?

Billy the Kid... to ask him if I did it right.

What are you working on next?

See the question about the time machine... I'm way ahead of you.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 15th March 2017
Comedy Central
30 minutes


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    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Jimmy Carr Narrator
    Guest cast
    Neil Ashton Undertaker
    Rufus Hound James Dolan
    Ciaran Dowd Sheriff Brady
    Mathew Baynton John Tunstall
    Mathew Horne Billy the Kid
    Emma Sidi Local Woman
    Katy Brand Queen Elizabeth I
    Sarah Daykin Elizabeth's Courtier
    Alexander Kirk (as Alex Kirk) Frances Walsingham
    Michelle Keegan Mary Queen of Scots
    Lauren Pattison Mary's Courtier
    Tim Key Lord Darnley
    Joel Fry Gilbert Gifford
    Ciaran Dowd Executioner
    Jessica Knappett Self
    James Murray (as James 'Murr' Murray) Self
    Lydia Rose Bewley Self
    Writing team
    Dominic English Writer (Additional Material)
    Production team
    Tom McKay Director
    Ben Rogers Producer
    Andrew Brereton (as Andy Brereton) Executive Producer
    Louise Holmes Executive Producer
    Matt Tiller Executive Producer
    Stuart Lutes Editor
    Rachel Spann Editor
    Jo Sutherland Production Designer


    Michelle Keegan as Mary Queen of Scots

    Check out Mary Queen of Scots.

    Featuring: Jessica Knappett, Lydia Rose Bewley, Michelle Keegan (Mary Queen of Scots).

    Series 3, Episode 2 trailer

    More drunken stories.

    Featuring: Jessica Knappett, James 'Murr' Murray, Lydia Rose Bewley, Rufus Hound (James Dolan), Ciaran Dowd (Sheriff Brady), Mathew Horne (Billy the Kid), Katy Brand (Queen Elizabeth I), Michelle Keegan (Mary Queen of Scots), Joel Fry (Gilbert Gifford).

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