A third season of the highly unlikely, oddly lovable "Drunk History," in which drunks tell stories from American history, begins this week on Comedy Central. Like a man slipping on a banana peel, its humorous mechanism is easily grasped once seen, but the effects are surprisingly complex and sophisticated.
Ed Burns broke into the public consciousness 20 years ago when he wrote, directed, produced and costarred in "The Brothers McMullen," an independent film comedy about Irish Americans in New York. Since then he has appeared in numerous other films, including "She's the One," "27 Dresses" and most notably "Saving Private Ryan."
Sept. 6: Comedian JoAnne Worley is 80. Country singer David Allan Coe is 76. Singer-bassist Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) is 72. Actress Swoosie Kurtz is 71. Comedian-actress Jane Curtin is 68. Country singer Buddy Miller is 63. Drummer Joe Smyth of Sawyer Brown is 58. Actor-comedian Jeff Foxworthy is 57. Actor-comedian Michael Winslow ("Police Academy") is 57. Guitarist Pal Waaktaar of A-ha is 54. News correspondent Elizabeth Vargas is 53. Country singer Mark Chesnutt is 52. Actress Rosie Perez is 51. Singer Macy Gray is 48. Singer CeCe Peniston is 46. Singer Darryl Anthony (Az Yet) is 46. Singer Dolores O'Riordan (The Cranberries) is 44. Actor Idris Elba is 43. Actress Anika Noni Rose is 43. Singer Nina Persson (The Cardigans) is 41. Actress Naomie Harris ("Pirates of the Caribbean" movies) is 39. Rapper Noreaga is 38. Rapper Foxy Brown is 37. Actress Lauren Lapkus ("Orange Is the New Black") is 30. Singer Max George of The Wanted is 27.
With "Hannibal" ending, television loses one of its finest examples of how to delve into psychiatric matters and still tell stories that are lush and complicated while upholding the clear-eyed humanity the subject matter deserves.
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