The Hulu Series ‘History of the World Part II’: How the Comedians Let it All Hang Out

The Hulu Series ‘History of the World Part II’: How the Comedians Let It All Hang Out

The term “cancel culture” has become a hotly debated topic, and it’s not hard to imagine that some sketches for Hulu’s ‘History of the World Part II’ may have been deemed inappropriate. While the phrase may be off-putting to some, it’s worth exploring the potential controversies that arose during the development of this highly anticipated series.

David Stassen, the showrunner of Hulu’s recently released eight-episode series, said there wasn’t a single instance where someone suggested, “We shouldn’t do this.”

“Everyone thought of the best ideas, and we worked on them,” Stassen stated on Saturday at the Contenders TV panel in Hollywood. “Hopefully, ‘the best rose to the top’.”

In fact, there was actually one skit that didn’t make it to the final. Ike Barinholtz, who participated in the panel on Saturday alongside Stassen and the lead of ‘History of the World Part II,’ Wanda Yvette Sykes, mentioned that they planned to depict a couple engaging in intimacy precisely when the volcano erupted in Pompeii. However, they had already covered something on the Kama Sutra and had “a lot of sex sketches.”

This series acts as a follow-up to Mel Brooks’ iconic 1981 movie, ‘History of the World Part I.’ Brooks additionally serves as an executive producer for the series, which features a cast including Nicholas Kroll/Nick, Isaac Barinholtz, and of course, Wanda Sykes.

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The follow-up to ‘History of the World Part I,’ ‘History of the World Part II,’ has been 40 years in the making. Since the release of Part 1 in theaters, Brooks has been working diligently to bring the sequel to fruition. Executive producer Davis Stassen asserts that if Hulu chooses to renew the series, Brooks will need to develop the third installment at a much quicker pace.

“We just followed the model of the movie,” Barinholtz clarified regarding the series structure. “We just went bigger with 20- to 30-minute stories. There was a lot of shuffling around in post, how it was all going to fit together. The original plan was to do these 4 stories with Ike, Wanda, and Nick, with random sketches all over.”

The comedians had the opportunity to propose their own concepts. For example, Wanda Sykes expressed interest in portraying Shirley Chisholm. As a result, they crafted a piece that featured the esteemed congresswoman in a 1970s-style throwback sitcom.

‘Hulu’s ‘History of the World, Part II’ ranked sixth in the Parrot Analytics data series last week, with a demand score 20.7 times higher than the average series in the United States. during its launch week from March 4 to March 10, indicating record-breaking viewership.

“The world is very heavy, there’s a lot of shit happening,” Barinholtz expressed to the crowd. Referring to the show, he furthermore said, “This is a show where you can literally unplug and watch. It’s good to be silly sometimes. It’s good to watch some silly shit. I think we did our best to give you a nice portion of some silly shit.”

The creative collaboration and innovative ideas brought forth by the comedians have resulted in a unique and entertaining ‘History of the World, Part II’. The blend of history and humor promises to keep viewers engaged and laughing as they eagerly await each new episode. Tune in to ‘History of the World II’ on Hulu today and let the laughter begin.

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