It’s exhausting to think about a determine within the historical past of tv extra deserving of media tributes than Fred McFeely Rogers (that’s Mister Rogers to you). And we’re prone to see increasingly more of them cropping up, as this month marks 50 years since Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood debuted on WQED in Pittsburgh. However I’m sure we received’t see many fairly as indelible, distinctive, and hilarious as Drunk History’s tackle Rogers’ journey to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Communication. Within the pitch-perfect section, characteristically tipsy host Derek Waters listens as comic and frequent Drunk Historical past storyteller Solomon Georgio weaves the exceptional story. Colin Hanks performs Rogers, which appears acceptable, provided that his dad Tom (who you will have heard of) was recently cast as Rogers within the upcoming You Are My Good friend.
(Notice: Georgio curses a bit greater than Rogers may need, so have your earmuffs prepared.)
So, in sum: Rogers sees youngsters’s tv lacks advantage; Rogers lands a job at NBC and decides it’s not the place for him; Rogers returns residence to start out his personal present on a shoestring funds at his native station; and Rogers throws a large fundraiser in Boston that catches the eye of President Lyndon B. Johnson. LBJ will get in on the general public broadcasting sport with stacks of money, his successor Nixon tries to place the kibosh on it, Rogers moonwalks into the Subcommittee assembly and straight-up nails his presentation, and the Subcommittee completely will get it.
(Oh, David Koechner performs Senator Pastore, as a result of why wouldn’t he?)
As with many Drunk Historical past segments, you may very well be taught one thing right here you by no means would have in any other case. And even when you’re acquainted with the story, and the precise testimony Rogers gave that day, you’re nonetheless going to snigger, Contemplate assure out of your neighbor (on this case, that’s me).
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