On Jan. 13, Mel Brooks tweeted the first follower for “History of the World Part 2” and it turns out it’s worth a lot to unpack. The trailer introduces some of the main characters that “History of the World Part 2” will touch on throughout its run. There’s Noah from the Bible, Princess Anastasia, Sigmund Freud, Amelia Earhart, Harriet Tubman, and many more faces that even those with only a cursory knowledge of world history will recognize.
This new production doesn’t seem to skimp on the trademark Brooks humor either, as the trailer throws in a few sharp gags. In one scene, Jesus Christ enthusiastically introduces himself and says, “Some call me Jesus Christ, Son of God.” One of the characters then smugly replies, “Some call him broke and cheesy.”
The only thing that’s perhaps more impressive than the amount of historical figures and jokes in the trailer is the stunning cast list, which is peppered with notable actors. In addition to headliners Brooks, Ike Barinholtz, Nick Kroll, and Wanda Sykes, the series features the likes of Danny DeVito, Dove Cameron, Emily Ratajkowski, Seth Rogen, Taika Waititi, and many, many more. My goodness.
All in all, the first trailer for History of the World Part 2 suggests that the miniseries has a good chance of living up to the legendary status of the original. Viewers can find out for themselves how the show is shaping up when it debuts on Hulu on March 6th.