Inspired by the popular series Drunk History, a group of sober improvisers try to keep up with extremely drunk narrator Kevin Miller in “History Under the Influence.” Previous performances have ranged from the moon landing to Lewis & Clark to Anthony & Cleopatra, but thanks to the drunken ramblings of the liberal-arts-educated narrator, they rapidly veer into true insanity.
We asked Kevin the following questions:
If your troupe were a comic or sci-fi team, what would be your universe?
Which universe has a random drunk guy in it? Maybe the Kevin Costner Robin Hood, and I’m the drunk Friar Tuck?
What is your origin story?
Well, turns out I’m a silly ridiculous drunk. We did a one-off show in April at the Hideout Theatre, and it went so well that we ended up doing an entire run last May—that’s five binge-drinking shows in five weeks. (Not recommended.) We still perform periodically in Austin and we’re on the festival circuit now. And who said drinking never got you anywhere in life?
Do you have any troupe rituals to prepare for a show?
What are you most looking forward to about this year’s festival?