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DIY Drunk History

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About this entry

Launched in the summer of 2014, the DIY Drunk History contest gave viewers an opportunity to pay tribute to the age-old tradition of inebriated, factually dubious storytelling. Via Facebook and on-air promotion, we invited fans to produce their own historical re-enactment videos using audio from Drunk History narrators. The objective was to increase engagement and awareness during Drunk History's sophomore season while giving the show's superfans the chance to fully nerd out over their favorite show. Of the 35 entries submitted, five received enough votes from the community to be deemed fan favorites, and the grand prize winner was chosen by Derek Waters himself. The winning entry was featured on air during the Season 2 finale, on and across social media platforms. The five finalists were also featured on To finish the contest up with class, we also created a video mash-up of all the entries and posted a video from Derek congratulating the winners and thanking everyone who submitted.

Why does this entry deserve to win?

Besides turning Drunk History fans into full-fledged filmmakers, the DIY Drunk History campaign gave participants a tangible way to be part of the show, with their work featured in the season finale. The contest also energized fans by presenting a challenging creative task: to re-enact a wasted person's words, mumblings and all. Excitement continued even after entries were submitted: the second phase of the contest solicited votes for viewers' favorite videos. Over a one-week period, we received 3,400 votes, and we're pretty sure at least half of those were cast while sober. But the most brag-worthy part of the campaign is that throughout the duration of the entry period, only one post was sponsored on the Comedy Central Facebook page. The majority, if not all, of our entrants were true Drunk History fans reached through unpaid media.

Through a partnership between Comedy Central and Drunk History, the DIY Drunk History contest:

  1. Expanded the reach of a growing television brand in the digital space by making fans a part of the show in a creative way.
  2. Partnered directly with Offerpop to better serve participants by providing a easy-to-use upload tool. This partnership also allowed us to transition seamlessly into the fan-voting period and assure that all entries were shareable on multiple platforms.

Total Fully Produced Video Entries: 35

Total Entry Views: 17,745

Total Fan Votes: 3,450

Total Unique Visits to Contest Page: 22,006


Entrant Company / Organization Name

Comedy Central


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