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Baltimore’s “Drunk History”



Drunk History” originated as a series of shorts for Soon it was a weekly show on Comedy Central, garnering a little over a million viewers a week. Fast forward to a Season 2 renewal. Creator, and Baltimore native, Derek Waters brought the show to Charm City. Most of the scenes filmed in Baltimore took place at Mother’s Grille and at the Inner Harbor.


The first segment is narrated by “Criminal Minds” alumn, and hottie, Paget Brewster. Who knew she was THIS funny? Anyway, the segment chronicled a secret plot to kill Abraham Lincoln in Baltimore. His security detail consists of Allan Pinkerton (Charlie Day), Harry Davies (Preston Flagg), and the first female detective in U.S. history, Kate Warne (Adrianne Palicki). To disguise Lincoln, they took off his “Pop-tart hart, or whatever that was”, and gave him a beanie. Yes.  A beanie. The 16th President Of The United States was saved (for the time being) by a freaking beanie. I’ll admit, I literally LOL’ed.


The next segment featuring a for once not annoying Jeffrey Ross as Francis Scott Key. The bit plays out pretty much historically accurate on the writing of the “Star Spangled Banner.” Well, except for the part where the tune of the soon to be National Anthem was set to a  British drinking tune. So, in the end, it was an improvement.


The last segment was about, of course, Edgar Allan Poe. Who else? Jesse Plemons plays the infamous poet, and Jason Ritter plays his arch nemesis Rufus Griswold. Probably somehow related to Clark. Anyway, Griswold offered Poe $100 to publish three of his poems. Poe took the money and wrote a scathing review, and talked trash on his national book tour. He returns to discover Griswold has taken his job. This was the beginning of the end for Poe; his wife died soon after. He was then found dead on the cobblestone streets of Baltimore. Griswold, the asshole, decides to write an insulting biography of Poe trying to destroy his image. Welp. That didn’t really work. As the show put it: ““Everyone in America read this, and they were like, ‘Wait, what? Drunk, crazy guy who wrote about ravens? Where can I get this book? That sounds awesome.’ As we all know, Poe has become one of the best literary figures in history. So I guess Ravens fans should thank Griswold? 😉


Derek Waters described Baltimore simply: “Baltimore is a shoe. It’s scuffed and worn in, but it doesn’t need polishing, because all of those marks have stories to tell.”


Press Release: Healed: Music, Medicine and Life with MS premieres July 29



Maryland Public Television documentary reveals high cost

of musician’s fight against multiple sclerosis


Healed: Music, Medicine and Life with MS premieres July 29


OWINGS MILLS, MD – Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the number one disabling disease among young adults, often striking between ages 20 and 50. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide, including 10,000 Marylanders.

Airing on July 29 at 9 p.m., the one-hour documentary Healed: Music, Medicine and Life with MS tells the story of musician Jim Klages and his family, who were stressed to the breaking point by the onset of Jim’s MS and his subsequent struggle to rehabilitate himself through music.

A renowned cornet soloist, Jim was happily married with a daughter, a new home, and a thriving career in the elite “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band in Washington D.C.  While performing at the Presidential Inauguration of George W. Bush, Jim felt a strange tingling in his arm and nearly dropped his cornet. He was soon diagnosed with MS, and his life began to spiral out of control.

At the height of his career, Jim’s illness robbed him of his life as a performer, his house, and financial security and put near-ruinous stress on his marriage and family life.  Determined to take control of his health, Jim used his passion for music as his saving grace by beginning to compose and teach.  However, that same determination also deprived his family of his time and attention, further challenging his hope of recovery.

“I sacrificed my family for my music in order to cope with MS,” says Jim. “I know now that it wasn’t worth that kind of sacrifice. Not an easy lesson, though.”

Through vérité and archival footage, interviews, pictures and home movies, Healed takes the viewer on an emotional journey into the world of virtuosic music, illness, and perseverance.  The film also features interviews with fellow musicians, including legendary jazz artist Wynton Marsalis and members of the “President’s Own” Marine Band, as well as MS researchers from the National Institutes of Health and the University of Southern California.

Healed premieres on MPT-HD on July 29 at 9 p.m. and will air again on MPT2 on July 30 at the same time. Maryland Public Television is distributor of the film to the public television system nationwide.

About MPT

Launched in 1969 and headquartered in Owings Mills, MD, Maryland Public Television is a nonprofit, state-licensed public television network and member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).  MPT’s six transmitters cover Maryland plus portions of contiguous states and the District of Columbia.  Frequent winner of regional Emmy® awards, MPT creates local, regional, and national television shows.  Beyond broadcast, MPT’s commitment to professional educators, parents, caregivers, and learners of all ages is delivered through year-round instructional events and the super-website Thinkport, which garners in excess of 19 million page views annually.  MPT’s community engagement connects viewers with local resources on significant health, education, and public interest topics through year-round outreach events, viewer forums, program screenings, and phone bank call-in opportunities.