Spotlight on: History Under the Influence

History Under the Influence promo shotInspired 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?

Tito’s and cranberry. About five of those. And then Lone Star once I’ve hit the desired level of drunkenness. The cast does warm-ups and stuff, I dunno, I just let them do whatever. Like warm-ups are gonna help!



What are you most looking forward to about this year’s festival?

Being driven to the hotel so I can pass out after the show. (And Jimmy Carrane.)


Check out History Under the Influence Saturday, April 18th at this year’s Houston Improv festival!

Ticket information here!