'History of the World Part II' Teaser Trailer Satirizes Jesus, Harriet Tubman, and So Much More

More than 40 years after 'History of the World Part II,' learn what other historical figures are getting the Mel Brooks comedy treatment.
by Danielle Turchiano — 

Wanda Sykes as Harriet Tubman in 'History of the World Part II'


It has been more than 40 years, but Mel BrooksHistory of the World Part 1 (Metascore: 47) is finally getting its followup.

Unlike the 1981 film that retold historical events through comedic vignettes in a theatrical format, though, History of the World Part II is getting the multi-part series treatment. Two of the eight episodes will premiere March 6 on Hulu, with the subsequent six episodes streaming two at a time each day leading up to and including the finale on March 9. 

Once again, the format is designed to retell history via short form comedy sketches, though because this is a series, there are some characters that recur throughout the episodes. And as you can see from the just-released teaser below, the show will tackle timelines that go as far back Biblical times with Noah (played by Seth Rogen) and his ark, and Jesus (Jay Ellis) and Judas (Nick Kroll). Other periods and figures that will be satirized include Kublai Khan (Ronny Chieng), Grigori Rasputin (Johnny Knoxville), Amelia Earhart (Hannah Einbinder), Alexander Graham Bell (Ike Barinholtz), and Harriet Tubman (Wanda Sykes).

And as you can also see from the teaser, some historical tales are told with a lot of creative license. 

Other cast members include Pamela Adlon, Tim Baltz, Zazie Beetz, Jillian Bell, Quinta Brunson, Dove Cameron, D'Arcy Carden, Rob Corddry, Danny  DeVito, David Duchovny, Josh Gad, Kimiko Glenn, Brandon Kyle Goodman, Jake Johnson, Richard Kind, Lauren Lapkus, Jenifer Lewis, Poppy Liu, Joe Lo Truglio, Jason Mantzoukas, Ken Marino, Jack McBrayer, Zahn McClarnon, Charles Melton, Kumail Nanjiani, Brock O'Hurn, Andrew Rannells, Emily Ratajkowski, Sam Richardson, Nick Robinson, Sarah Silverman, Timothy Simons, J.B. Smoove, David Wain, Taika Waititi, Reggie Watts, and Tyler James Williams.

And yes, some cast members play more than one character.

Brooks serves as writer and executive producer alongside Kroll, Sykes, Barinholtz, and David Stassen. Kevin Salter, David Greenbaum and Christie Smith also serve as executive producers. Alice Mathias, Stassen, Kroll and Lance Bangs direct. The series comes from Searchlight Television and 20th Television.