Forty years out from his classic History of the World, Part I, Mel Brooks has finally fulfilled his tongue-in-cheek promise for a sequel. And it’s a series! Have a look with the trailer for Hulu’s History of the World, Part II.
The comedy follow-up once again takes the form of period-specific vignettes—now spread out across four nights. While Brooks himself doesn’t seem to be spending much time in front of the camera outside introducing the preview, he’s back as writer and executive producer alongside Nick Kroll, Wanda Sykes, Ike Barinholtz, and David Stassen. Brooks didn’t direct any of the episodes, but he’s 96, so give him a break.
Predictably, Brooks and his collaborators were also able to pull together a stacked cast of comedy ringers and otherwise. Those to appear include: Kroll, Sykes, and Barinholtz, along with Pamela Adlon, Tim Baltz, Zazie Beetz, Jillian Bell, Quinta Brunson, Dove Cameron, D’Arcy Carden, Ronny Chieng, Rob Corddry, Danny DeVito, David Duchovny, Hannah Einbinder, Jay Ellis, Josh Gad, Kimiko Glenn, Brandon Kyle Goodman, Jake Johnson, Richard Kind, Johnny Knoxville, Lauren Lapkus, Jenifer Lewis, Poppy Liu, Joe Lo Truglio, Jason Mantzoukas, Ken Marino, Jack McBrayer, Zahn McClarnon, Charles Melton, Kumail Nanjiani, Brock O’Hurn, Andrew Rannells, the hilarious Emily Ratajkowski, Sam Richardson, Nick Robinson, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, Timothy Simons, J.B. Smoove, David Wain, Taika Waititi, Reggie Watts, Tyler James Williams, and, despite so much Curb crossover, apparently not Larry David. If the Farrellys can get him to put on a nun outfit for The Three Stooges, certainly he could pop a robe on for a scene or two here, right?
The event series streams on Hulu starting March 6. And, again, Brooks is nearing 100, so don’t start thinking this is an appetizer for Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money.