Comedy Central does Eichmann


This week’s episode of “Drunk History” features a retelling of the hunt for Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the Holocaust who escaped to Argentina but was eventually captured by Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency.

“Drunk History” is a popular Comedy Central show in which stories from history are narrated by comedians who are, as the title implies, under the influence (some of the language used is less than appropriate).

The vignette on Tuesday night’s show is narrated by Rachel Bloom, the Jewish star and creator of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” and also features performances by Tony Hale (“Arrested Development,” “Veep”), Alex Karpovsky (“Girls”) and Weird Al Yankovic (who plays Eichmann, following his turn as Hitler in a Season 2 episode about the Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling boxing match).

While “Drunk History” is played for laughs, producers say they employ fact checkers to keep the stories’ outlines accurate. Critics and educators have praised the series for bringing wider awareness of historical episodes involving Jews, people of color, Asian Americans, Native Americans and people with disabilities, among others.

The Eichmann capture story is also hitting the big screen when “Operation Finale,” starring Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley, comes to theaters in September.