Comedy Central’s Drunk History is to return as an online digital series, four years after it aired on the main channel (narrated by Jimmy Carr), with a focus on telling stories from black history.
Comedians narrating the new six-part series include Jamali Maddix, Kevin ‘KG Tha Comedian' Garry, Travis Jay, Desiree Burch and Thanyia Moore.
Presenter of the series, Rapman, said: "My entire career has been focused on telling authentic, black stories. I’m excited to be a part of a show created by black people where viewers can be entertained while learning about these unsung back heroes."
Kerry Taylor, ViacomCBS, said: "This series combines the power of the Comedy Central brand and outstanding talent to put front and centre decentred black voices and their influence on global history, all through a comedic lens. Black creatives, crew members and talent brought this show to life so we can celebrate the incredible contributions of black figures from across the African diaspora."
The stories on the series include:
Sons of Africa: 18th century abolitionist group in Britain that campaigned to end the African slave trade.
Mary Seacole: British-Jamaican nurse who set up a hotel on the frontlines of the Crimean War in 1853 and nursed soldiers back to health.
Len Johnson: Mixed race boxer denied the chance to compete for a championship in Great Britain because of the colour bar.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Godmother of rock n roll who some historians consider to have recorded the first rock n roll song in the US
Benin Bronzes: A story of the men behind the reclamation of looted art from the Kingdom of Ghana.
Yaa Asantewaa: Female soldier who led the War of the Golden Stool against British Colonialism in Ghana’s Asante Empire.
Drunk History: Black Stories will be released on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram at 6.30pm every Thursday for the next six weeks.