First, it was presidents, poets and Patty Hearst. Now, Julia Child is getting the Drunk History treatment in a new episode aptly titled “Food.” And ET has an exclusive first look at Child’s segment, narrated by Lyric Lewis and starring Michaela Watkins (Hulu’s Casual) and Joe Lo Truglio (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), which will air Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 10:30 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.
While Child is a world-famous chef and TV personality known for bringing French cuisine to the American public, creator Derek Waters was most fascinated with her brief, little-known history working for the Office of Strategic Services, which later became known as the Central Intelligence Agency. “That story jumped out at me,” Waters tells ET by phone. “I thought, ‘Oh, I genuinely want to learn what she actually did.’”
Given that Meryl Streep most famously portrayed Child in the 2009 Nora Ephron film Julie & Julia, ET had to know if the A-list star was asked to revisit the role. “Well, Meryl and I haven’t texted in a while, but I thought about Skyping her,” Waters jokes, adding: “No offense, Meryl Streep. Michaela wins in my book!”
Watkins, who appeared on season two as a nurse, makes a welcome return to the series, towering over Lo Truglio, who portrays husband Paul Cushing Child. Though he hoped to have Watkins back on sooner, Waters cites crazy schedules for the delay. Of course, she’s been busy with her critically acclaimed Casual, as well as Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and a recurring role on Amazon’s Transparent. “Her and Jo Lo Truglio fall into a category of the type of people I choose to work with, which are nice people who just so happen to be talented,” Waters says.
The other two segments in “Food” will tell the stories of the Great Molasses Flood (with Michael McKean as Arthur Jell and returning favorite Jason Ritter as John Barry) and the Artichoke Wars featuring Kevin Pollak.
“Call me old-fashioned, but I like food,” Waters says. “And c'mon, who knows food better than Julia Child?”
Want to know more about Drunk History? Waters stopped by ET to explain how the show is filmed, the inspiration behind certain stories and his favorite episode: