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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2012
Five years ago, Lutherville native Derek Waters was a struggling comedian in Los Angeles. Like thousands before him, he had dreams of being cast on "Saturday Night Live" or making it in Hollywood as a funny guy. But Waters wasn't having much luck. "My auditions were like, 'Stoned Guy No. 7' and 'Drunk-looking Guy No. 8,'" Waters, 33, said. "So I could've been bitter about it or write my own stuff, like shorts and sketches. " Trusting his "dark" sense of humor, which Waters says he inherited from his grandfather, he followed the latter path.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Derek Waters, a Lutherville native, is the mind behind Comedy Central's hit show "Drunk History," and presumably tapped into his own sports background to get ready for this week's Sports Heroes episode. The online outtakes for the episode include a clip of Waters training with Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, and Suggs did what Suggs is known to do. He made me laugh. In the video, Suggs tells Waters that swagger is the most important thing in football, and being tall and dark-skinned would help him with that.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
Derek Waters, creator and host of Comedy Central's "Drunk History," says his "dream for any city" is to find stories that are "true" and that make viewers wonder: "Why weren't we taught that in school?" The Lutherville native is back in Baltimore this week filming for Season 2 of the cable series that was watched by more than a million viewers a week last year in its rookie run. Thursday night, he was at Mother's Federal Hill Grille filming part of the episode that will be devoted to Baltimore stories.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2014
Comedy Central today renewed "Drunk History" for a third season. The series, which features drunken performers recounting stories from our national past, is created by Lutherville native Derek Waters. This past week's epsiode featured three tales from Baltimore's past. Through the first four epsiodes of Season 2, the series' viewership is up 26 percent among adults 18-49. It's up 17 percent among all viewers. In its timeslot, Tuesdays at 10 p.m., it is the highest-rated original series in TV with men 18-34 years of age. Last season, "Drunk History" averaged one million viewers a week.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
If you drive downtown on the Jones Falls Expressway, you might have noticed a new billboard just south of Orleans Street featuring a blurry image of George Washington and the word “DRUNK” in big bold letters. No, it's not a leftover attack ad from the 1789 presidential campaign. It's a promotion for the second season of “Drunk History,” the off-kilter Comedy Central hit created by Lutherville native Derek Waters. Season 2 of the woozy walk through our national past starts Tuesday night at 10 and includes an episode on July 22 set in and featuring three stories from 19th-century Baltimore - one each with Edgar Allan Poe, Francis Scott Key and Abraham Lincoln.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2014
Baltimore is featured on the July 22 episode of "Drunk History" on Comedy Central, with Lutherville native Derek Waters and company re-enacting stories from the lives of  Edgar Allan Poe, Francis Scott Key and Abraham Lincoln. The episode, which includes portions filmed at Mother's Federal Hill Grille, is at its off-the-wall best in the Poe segment. Here's some of what I wrote about the episode, and an interview I did with Waters when he filmed in Baltimore. “I didn't choose Baltimore just because it's my hometown,” Waters said during an interview in January when he and his crew were here to film part of the episode in a jam-packed, loud and extra-boozy Mother's Federal Hill Grille.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Derek Waters, a Lutherville native, is the mind behind Comedy Central's hit show "Drunk History," and presumably tapped into his own sports background to get ready for this week's Sports Heroes episode. The online outtakes for the episode include a clip of Waters training with Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, and Suggs did what Suggs is known to do. He made me laugh. In the video, Suggs tells Waters that swagger is the most important thing in football, and being tall and dark-skinned would help him with that.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
Comedy Central Wednesday renewed three series including "Drunk History" from Lutherville's Derek Waters, a creator and executive producer of the show. The other two are "Key & Peele" and "Brickleberry. " The pickup will give the former a fourth season, while the latter will go into its third. This was the first season for "Drunk History," which in addition to Waters is executive produced by Jeremy Konner, along with Gary Sanchez Productions' Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy and Owen Burke.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2013
Derek Waters says having Dave Grohl accept an invitation to appear on his new TV show was a dream come true. He also describes the idea of working alongside modern rock royalty as "petrifying. " The Foo Fighters' lead singer had been a fan of Waters' "Drunk History" clips when they appeared on the comedy website Funny or Die, and agreed to make a cameo in the show's Comedy Central pilot episode, which airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. Waters, a Lutherville native, and Grohl bonded over a mutual love: Ocean City , Maryland.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
Brace yourself for a big swig of history, Baltimore. The Comedy Central show "Drunk History," which features spifflicated storytellers recounting great moments in our nation's past, will be filming at Mother's Federal Hill Grille on Thursday night. Lutherville native Derek Waters will be returning to his hometown to film this episode of the show, which was an online sensation before being picked up by Comedy Central in 2012. The show, which starts its second season this year, features famous actors reenacting history as told by the inebriated narrators.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2014
Baltimore is featured on the July 22 episode of "Drunk History" on Comedy Central, with Lutherville native Derek Waters and company re-enacting stories from the lives of  Edgar Allan Poe, Francis Scott Key and Abraham Lincoln. The episode, which includes portions filmed at Mother's Federal Hill Grille, is at its off-the-wall best in the Poe segment. Here's some of what I wrote about the episode, and an interview I did with Waters when he filmed in Baltimore. “I didn't choose Baltimore just because it's my hometown,” Waters said during an interview in January when he and his crew were here to film part of the episode in a jam-packed, loud and extra-boozy Mother's Federal Hill Grille.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
If you drive downtown on the Jones Falls Expressway, you might have noticed a new billboard just south of Orleans Street featuring a blurry image of George Washington and the word “DRUNK” in big bold letters. No, it's not a leftover attack ad from the 1789 presidential campaign. It's a promotion for the second season of “Drunk History,” the off-kilter Comedy Central hit created by Lutherville native Derek Waters. Season 2 of the woozy walk through our national past starts Tuesday night at 10 and includes an episode on July 22 set in and featuring three stories from 19th-century Baltimore - one each with Edgar Allan Poe, Francis Scott Key and Abraham Lincoln.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
Derek Waters, creator and host of Comedy Central's "Drunk History," says his "dream for any city" is to find stories that are "true" and that make viewers wonder: "Why weren't we taught that in school?" The Lutherville native is back in Baltimore this week filming for Season 2 of the cable series that was watched by more than a million viewers a week last year in its rookie run. Thursday night, he was at Mother's Federal Hill Grille filming part of the episode that will be devoted to Baltimore stories.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2013
Derek Waters says having Dave Grohl accept an invitation to appear on his new TV show was a dream come true. He also describes the idea of working alongside modern rock royalty as "petrifying. " The Foo Fighters' lead singer had been a fan of Waters' "Drunk History" clips when they appeared on the comedy website Funny or Die, and agreed to make a cameo in the show's Comedy Central pilot episode, which airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. Waters, a Lutherville native, and Grohl bonded over a mutual love: Ocean City , Maryland.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2012
Five years ago, Lutherville native Derek Waters was a struggling comedian in Los Angeles. Like thousands before him, he had dreams of being cast on "Saturday Night Live" or making it in Hollywood as a funny guy. But Waters wasn't having much luck. "My auditions were like, 'Stoned Guy No. 7' and 'Drunk-looking Guy No. 8,'" Waters, 33, said. "So I could've been bitter about it or write my own stuff, like shorts and sketches. " Trusting his "dark" sense of humor, which Waters says he inherited from his grandfather, he followed the latter path.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2013
Update (6/3): "Drunk History," the humorous, alcohol-influenced history lesson from Lutherville native Derek Waters, will make its series debut on July 9 at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central. The first season will consist of eight episodes. Although he's lived in Los Angeles for years now, Waters is still a diehard Baltimore sports fan. He closed his email with, "How bout dem O'S?!?!" ---- Last October, Comedy Central ordered a pilot episode of "Drunk History," a viral video series that presented boozed-up re-enactments of American events that was created by Lutherville-native Derek Waters . The company must have liked what it had seen, as "Drunk History" was recently picked up for an eight-episode season, according to Waters and various media reports.
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