Though this is certainly not a conventional way to learn some history it certainly is an entertaining method. I also think that because of the ridiculous method of presentation the knowledge you gain is more likely to stick in your head. Imagine if all those tortuously boring history classes in high school or university were taught by teachers who were quite inebriated. That would certainly punch things up, no?
This is kinda the premise behind host/actor Derek Waters series, Drunk History. As it sounds, it is a whole lotta fun. Each of the thirteen episodes has an American city or a subject like inventors or spies and the history lessons center around the theme. Waters visits his semi-famous friends, gets them drunk and gets them to talk about a particular person or event in history. The result is a hot mess and always funny.
While the storyteller (this season features actress Paget Brewster, stand-up comedian Fortune Feimster, actress Emily Wilson and author/podcast host Crissle West) is slurring and swearing their way through their slice of history Waters and some well-known actors are acting out the story. This season you get to see Kat Dennings, Colin Hanks, Dennis Quaid, Josh Hartnett, Will Ferrell and others as Harriet Tubman, Milton Bradley, Louis Armstrong, Clark Gable, and others.
On a serious note, you do learn a lot in watching the series. You learn about American history that is not in the history books. Like did you know that Milton Bradley essentially became the main name in game making because Abe Lincoln grew a beard? Or that Alexander Graham Bell stole the plans for the telephone from another inventor? Or that a Canadian was the first to try and start up the city of Las Vegas? No, well that is the kind of stuff you are going to learn while watching Drunk History. Mock if you will, but you will end up with more knowledge than when you began.