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On August 6th 2007, Mark Gagliardi drank a bottle of Scotch...
And then discussed a famous historical event.
posted by carsonb (55 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite

 
Heh, I went to high school with that guy.

(the drunk one)
posted by dhammond at 9:02 PM on January 10, 2008


Hey, while we're on the subject of one link youtube posts, here's me watching 4girlsfingerpainting, my brother watching the same video, and lastly, kermit the frog watching 2girls1cup.

i kid, i kid. this is a funny post.
posted by jcterminal at 9:07 PM on January 10, 2008


"Can you see my belly? ...ok..."
posted by nosila at 9:15 PM on January 10, 2008


I really liked that.
posted by Divine_Wino at 9:21 PM on January 10, 2008


Kinda reminds me of my uncle, who used to "school" us kids with long, drunken, slurred lectures on the history of evil corporations (he was a union man). Sometimes he got scary, but mostly he was benignly entertaining.
posted by amyms at 9:24 PM on January 10, 2008


That was pretty good.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 9:38 PM on January 10, 2008


I kinda have a crush on Michael Cera. Even though I'm old enough to be his... umm... big sister.
posted by miss lynnster at 9:39 PM on January 10, 2008


That was pretty amusing. And something I've wanted to do for a few years, now. I just never had the motivation to make the presentation to go along with my drunken historical rant.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 9:41 PM on January 10, 2008


Question: did the drunk guy work with Cera et al, or did they just find the video and decide to make a reenactment?
posted by papakwanz at 9:44 PM on January 10, 2008


Who Shot Alexander Hamilton in that famous duel?

Hewo! Awhon Buwh! Awhon Buwh! Whai! Hoad on! AAARGH. Awhon Buwh!!!!
posted by ericb at 9:49 PM on January 10, 2008 [3 favorites]


Certainly good history is never boring, and I'm happy to see the nice drunk gentleman appreciates this. Thanks for the link, carsonb. (Michael Cera of course was brilliant in Arrested Development, but with this role he's even more 'on the money.')
posted by LeLiLo at 9:53 PM on January 10, 2008


Was Aaron Burr actually a bastard? OR did the drunk man lie to me?
posted by smackfu at 10:02 PM on January 10, 2008


This is just plain embarrassing and annoying. And boring.
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 10:07 PM on January 10, 2008


Fuckin' Aaron Burr's not on money - know who is? Alexander Hamilton!

(He's on the ten.)
posted by rkent at 10:10 PM on January 10, 2008


Was Aaron Burr actually a bastard? OR did the drunk man lie to me?

Actually, Alexander Hamilton was a bastard, born "out-of-wedlock" on the Caribbean island of Nevis.
"As he walks down the streets, Alex, now about eight years old, is recognized, by those who recognize him at all, as what the Danish courts called an 'obscene' child"

John Adams called Hamilton a "bastard brat"; Thomas Jefferson referred to him as "this foreign bastard."*
posted by ericb at 10:10 PM on January 10, 2008


I don't think that guy was drunk at all.
posted by puke & cry at 10:49 PM on January 10, 2008


I don't think that guy was drunk at all.

Something wasn't quite right, there, in terms of the drunk-meter, I've got to say. But the concept is a noble one: drinking and scholarship are meant to go together.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 11:10 PM on January 10, 2008


This is just plain embarrassing and annoying. And boring.

Sorry, Seekerofsplendor, but sadly you are just plain wrong and wrong. And wrong.
posted by mumkin at 11:17 PM on January 10, 2008


I don't think that was really Alexander Hamilton. I think it was Michael Cera in a wig.
posted by Nahum Tate at 11:18 PM on January 10, 2008 [1 favorite]


was that the asian chick from knocked up on Alexander Hamilton's porch?
posted by Kifer85 at 12:05 AM on January 11, 2008


Hewo! Awhon Buwh! Awhon Buwh! Whai! Hoad on! AAARGH. Awhon Buwh!!!!

Directed by Michael Bay. No, really.
posted by zardoz at 12:36 AM on January 11, 2008


Thank you, carsonb. My lolz were actually out loud.
posted by EatTheWeak at 12:40 AM on January 11, 2008


"Hey you giving me shit, we gotta duel"

I didn't make it much farther than that.

Thanks jcterminal, I lolzored at that Kermit the frog video.
posted by P.o.B. at 12:45 AM on January 11, 2008


OK, if he's drunk, it wasn't one take, and he's not that sick. Because there is at least one splice in there between the stuff he's saying on the couch and the dub over the 'reenactment', it's audibly different. So this supposedly really drunk guy, feeling really bad, at least managed to sit (or lie) in front of a mic and redo at least part of the narration.

I worked with Warren Mitchell on a show, and part of that particular act was that he was drinking from a bottle of whiskey thru the act, getting progressively more pissed. And because he is a good actor, you would swear he was really drunk. But he wasn't drunk, he was drinking iced tea. He fooled me, Jerry, and I know from drunk, believe me. Warren Mitchell is a great actor. This guy, I don't know.

Speaking as an alcoholic, personally I don't dig people promoting the over use of alcohol, because the shit will fuck you up, yo. I mean, it's your life, but would you put a clip up here of a guy on heroin or something, doing a monologue? Would that float your boat? Personally I don't find the idea funny or interesting, I find it rather sad, but then that may be because of my own shit. YMMV.
posted by Henry C. Mabuse at 1:43 AM on January 11, 2008 [2 favorites]


The standard actor's trick to act drunk is to actually act really, really sober. You exaggerate doing everything perfectly. Try it, it works.
posted by zardoz at 2:06 AM on January 11, 2008 [2 favorites]


Funny shit. I want more.
posted by greytape at 2:53 AM on January 11, 2008


[this is awesome]
posted by waraw at 4:03 AM on January 11, 2008


The only thing more boring that re-re-re-re-hashing this incident of history is drunk people.
posted by DU at 5:16 AM on January 11, 2008


That's a thoughtful comment, Henry C. Mabuse.

I've had a very different experience with alcohol, which led me to really enjoy this clip.

It sounds like you're saying that you didn't enjoy this clip, rather than that it was inherently offensive. But I could see your point if you argued the latter.
posted by ibmcginty at 5:29 AM on January 11, 2008


"Good call puttin' the bucket right here."
posted by mr_crash_davis at 6:48 AM on January 11, 2008


I, too, have an odd little crush on Michael Cera and I am definitely old enough to be his mother. Fortunately he seems to be in a new viral video almost every week. This week it's Between Two Ferns.

I kind of agree with Henry C Mabuse though. The story was funny (My favorite is when he calls his children, calls his parents, calls his girlfriend, calls his wife) but the drunk guy was not.
posted by maggiemaggie at 6:55 AM on January 11, 2008


I mean, it's your life, but would you put a clip up here of a guy on heroin or something, doing a monologue? Would that float your boat?

No, because he'd nod off and that would be boring. A guy on PCP discussing 54-40 Or Bust, though, I could completely get into.
posted by waraw at 7:05 AM on January 11, 2008 [2 favorites]


It's 54-40 or fight, which is what we're going to do if you don't get your damn facts straight

Sorry, I've been drinking.
posted by absalom at 7:59 AM on January 11, 2008


OMG, Michael Cera, mind your lacey cuff around that open flame! You're making me nervous!
posted by jrossi4r at 8:13 AM on January 11, 2008


Sorry absalom. Must've been the heroin.
posted by waraw at 8:14 AM on January 11, 2008




the concept is a noble one: drinking and scholarship are meant to go together.

Modern-day symposia are so disappointing.
posted by goo at 8:25 AM on January 11, 2008


maggiemaggie, that "interview" is a riot!
posted by Atom Eyes at 8:40 AM on January 11, 2008


Happy Birthday, Alexander Hamilton, you magnificent bastard!
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 9:30 AM on January 11, 2008


The video is misleading. It implies that Hamilton didn't shoot, which isn't true. It is agreed by all parties that Hamilton shot a tree limb 12.5 feet off the ground above Burr's head. It was discovered in 1975 that the dueling pistols used had a hair-trigger, which likely Hamilton knew about and Burr didn't. This made a half-pound trigger pull fire the weapon instead of a 10-12 pound pull. If Hamilton set the hair-trigger, it is likely that it accidentally fired prematurely, shooting the tree limb.
posted by Xoc at 12:44 PM on January 11, 2008


I saw this at the UCB last saturday. The director was there and said that it really didn't matter whether or not they put the bucket there, because the guy ended up booting all over the apartment. So I'm guessing the guy actually was somewhat drunk. They definitely filmed the drunk guy first and then all the other stuff afterwards.

He also said Vol. 2 would be arriving shortly with a high probability of kite flying and Jack Black as Benjamin Franklin. Different drunk guy though.
posted by dogwalker at 2:06 PM on January 11, 2008


I think he was probably actually drunk. And I think he probably got sick. But it completely makes sense to me that they would edit out those particular scenes that would take away from the point of the story... because it's tough for viewers to laugh about Alexander Hamilton's cel phone when they're busy empathy vomiting on their keyboards.

I actually had a friend in college who would empathy barf in response to a fake barf noise. Man, people made her life hell.
posted by miss lynnster at 3:35 PM on January 11, 2008


...because it's tough for viewers to laugh about Alexander Hamilton's cel phone when they're busy empathy vomiting on their keyboards.

Like when Mr. Creosote vomits [YouTube] -- amirite?
posted by ericb at 3:41 PM on January 11, 2008


Rowley Birkin, Q.C. Now that's a drunk scholar.
posted by AwkwardPause at 5:13 PM on January 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


This video was stupid. The cell phone Alexander Hamilton used is totally not an 1804 model--everyone knows that clamshell phones were not on the market until after the War of 1812. Duh.
posted by LooseFilter at 6:03 PM on January 11, 2008


Exactly, ericb. Or is that... erichalfab!? Man, I have a craving for wafer thin mints now...
posted by miss lynnster at 7:11 PM on January 11, 2008


Wikipedia.

Lorenzo Sabine, Notes on Duels and Duelling (1855), reprints the letters between Burr and Hamilton, starting on page 193.

smackfu: Was Aaron Burr actually a bastard?

Apparently, yeah. Gordon S. Wood:
Despite their many resemblances, however, Hamilton and Burr were actually very different, and those differences were crucial. Having been born in the West Indies, Hamilton was sometimes regarded as a foreigner, and he had no pedigree whatever ("the bastard brat of a Scotch pedlar," sneered John Adams); he had to rely solely on his genius to get ahead. Burr, however, had a notable American lineage.... Unlike Hamilton and the other Revolutionary leaders, Burr was born fully and unquestionably into whatever nobility and gentility eighteenth-century America had. Unlike the other Revolutionary leaders, who were usually the first in their families to go to college, Burr had an aristocratic status that was ascribed and inherited, and he never felt he had to earn it.

Because he could take his aristocratic lineage for granted, Burr never had the same emotional need the other Revolutionary statesmen had to justify his gentlemanly status by continually expressing an abhorrence of corruption and a love of virtue. Certainly Burr made little pretense of being public-spirited in the fulsome way the other Revolutionaries did. Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Hamilton, and other Founding Fathers always made a great deal of their virtue and disinterestedness and devotion to the public good. It was said of Burr that the only virtue he ever had was not claiming any.

... He assumed that someone with his pedigree and his talent was due high political office as a matter of course, and in a traditional ancien régime manner he thought that public office was to be used to maintain his position and influence. Beyond what politics could do for his friends, his family, and him personally, it had little emotional significance for him. Politics, as he once put it, was "fun and honor & profit."

... Burr in the 1790s was regarded as a distinguished and promising figure. Yet no political leader of his prominence in the period ever spent so much time and energy so blatantly scheming for his own personal and political advantage. And no one of the other great Revolutionary statesmen was so immune to the ideology and values of the Revolution as Burr was. Burr's behavior seemed to threaten the great Revolutionary hope—indeed, the entire republican experiment—that some sort of disinterested politics, if only among the elite, could prevail in America. And because of this threat, Hamilton and Jefferson together eventually brought him down, Hamilton by condemning his character at every opportunity and supporting Jefferson for president in 1800 instead of him, and Jefferson by pushing him out of the Republican Party and charging him with treason in 1807.
Xoc: The video is misleading. It implies that Hamilton didn't shoot, which isn't true.

That's what I thought at first, too, but Hamilton did indeed pledge not to shoot Burr. From his letter written the night before the duel, reprinted in Sabine:
As well because it is possible that I may have injured Colonel Burr, however convinced myself that my opinions and declarations have been well founded, as from my general principles and temper in relation to similar affairs, I have resolved if our interview is conducted in the usual manner, and it pleases God to give me the opportunity, to reserve and throw away my first fire, and I have thoughts even of reserving my second fire, and thus giving a double opportunity to Colonel Burr to pause and to reflect.
Wikipedia suggests that Hamilton may have fired unintentionally when he was shot by Burr. He warned the attending physician that his gun was still loaded. From a letter written by the physician, reprinted in Sabine:
Soon after recovering his sight, he happened to cast his eye upon the case of pistols, and observing the one that he had had in his hand lying on the outside, he said, 'Take care of that pistol; it is undischarged, and still cocked; it may go off and do harm--Pendleton knows (attempting to turn his head towards him) that I did not intend to fire at him.'
Overall, I thought the video wasn't that misleading, although of course Hamilton (at 47) was hardly a wide-eyed innocent.

Cell phone call to his wife. Via Alexander Hamilton on the Web.
posted by russilwvong at 10:51 PM on January 12, 2008


Was Aaron Burr actually a bastard? Apparently, yeah.

Once again (as above): Burr was not a bastard. Hamilton was.
posted by ericb at 10:40 AM on January 13, 2008


I thought smackfu's question was metaphorical, not literal.
posted by russilwvong at 1:19 PM on January 13, 2008


So you answered his question metaphorically, since it's likely that one is only a literal bastard (or Viking) in one's sleep?
posted by ericb at 2:21 PM on January 13, 2008


Drunk History Volume 2 with Jack Black is now online: http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/6eff3fba0d/a

posted by Toekneesan at 4:57 PM on January 31, 2008


*pours a drink, refreshes memory about the burning of the Madison White House*
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 7:48 PM on January 31, 2008


With the new video available for comparative viewing, I can now take an educated stand and say that I unequivocably prefer it when then *don't* show people vomiting.
posted by miss lynnster at 9:20 AM on February 1, 2008


Drunk History Volume 2.5 with Jack Black reprising his role as Ben Franklin (and I'm **dying** with laughter). http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/154bc4bd1b
posted by spock at 2:57 PM on February 9, 2008


Sorry, but it's funny OR die. Not funny AND die. So you can only pick one.
posted by miss lynnster at 6:47 PM on February 9, 2008


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