After a 42-year wait, Mel Brooks’ “History of the World Part 2” premieres on March 6th!

More than four decades have passed since then World History, Part I, Mel Brooks‘ Salute to Hollywood historical epics left theaters and now, perhaps unexpectedly, we’re finally getting a sequel. Justified World History, Part II (of course!) The unexpected but much-welcomed sequel to the 1981 film is streaming on Hulu as a four-part series, with Brooks himself producing and writing along with a dream team featuring some of Hollywood’s greatest comedic talent.

Brooks used his own Twitter account to debut the trailer, which includes appearances by his co-producers Wanda Sykes, Ike Barinholtz and Nick Kroll, who also star in the series. Each part of the series will contain several sketches showing (very distorted versions) of historical events, from the building of the Pyramids through Biblical times to the Civil War era, with historical figures represented by figures such as Pamela Adlon, Joe Lo Truglio and Zazie Beetz Featuring Quinta Brunson, Dove Cameron, D’Arcy Carden, Rob Corddry, Danny DeVito, David Duchovny, Josh Gad, Taika Waititi, Reggie Watts and Kumail Nanjiani,

The trailer gives us our first look at some of the historical characters, including Harriet Tubman (played by Sykes), Josef Stalin (Barinholtz), Mary Magdalene (Beetz), and Freud (Waititi). However, there are no signs that the sequel will recycle any of the gags from the fictional sequel promised at the end World History, Part I. Aside from the title, there was never any intention of doing a sequel when the original film came out in 1981, despite the joking promise of seeing such sequences as “Hitler on Ice” and “Jews in Space” in an upcoming sequel.

At least there didn’t seem to be any sign of them in the new trailer. Who can say for sure?

The first episode of World History, Part II Premiered March 6 on Hulu. After a 42-year wait, Mel Brooks’ “History of the World Part 2” premieres on March 6th!

Lindsay Lowe

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