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Published January 27, 2008 1.8m views Immortal More Info »
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Starring Jack Black and Clark Duke
Directed by Jeremy Konner
Created by Derek Waters
Thanks to Eric Binns
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One night in November…

Eric Falconer drank 8 vodka cranberries

And then discussed a famous historical event.



Derek Waters presents

Drunk History



The shot cuts to Eric Falconer sitting on a couch with a vodka cranberry sitting next to him on a table.



Eric Falconer
: Today we’re going to talk about Ben Franklin



The shot cuts to a painting of Ben Franklin in a rainstorm surrounded
by Cherubs holding a kite. In the painting, Franklin is reaching out
and receiving an electric shot from a key tied to the kite string.



Eric Falconer (voiceover)
: The most frank...the most, uh, discussed
Franklin adventure was the kite in the lightening storm. He flew a kite
in a lightning storm and discovered electricity.



The shot cuts back to Eric Falconer sitting on the couch.



Eric Falconer
: I believe, Franklin had his son William prove this point. Not himself.



The shot cuts to Clark Duke dressed in colonial garb. The shot pulls
back to reveal Jack Black dressed up to appear as Ben Franklin.



Eric Falconer (voiceover): William Franklin was a dick. He was a kid
who had a famous, rich father. Who didn’t give a shit about his father.



The shot cuts to Clark Duke and Jack Black sitting at the dinner table and eating.



Eric Falconer (voiceover): I believe Franklin was sitting down at dinner with William. Franklin’s fucking nuts at this point.



Jack Black whirls around, looking for something and then turns to Clark Duke.



Eric Falconer (voiceover): He says, holy shit, William, there is a
fucking lightening storm happening right now. Outside. Come with me.



Jack Black stands up and leaves the table. Clark Duke stares after Jack Black indifferently.



Eric Falconer (voiceover): William’s like, what the fuck?



The shot cuts to Jack Black and Clark Duke standing at a window. Jack Black is gesturing out the window.



Eric Falconer (voiceover)
: Franklin says I believe that thing in the
sky is the same thing that happens when you touch metal after rubbing
your feet on a carpet. William’s like, I will come with you, only
because you’re my dad. I don’t think you’re right. I don’t think
electricity comes from nature.



The shot cuts back to Eric Falconer sitting on the couch.



Eric Falconer: I gonna have to throw up.



Derek Waters: Are you being serious?



Eric Falconer: Yeah.



Derek Waters
: Alright.



Eric Falconer: You can film me throwing up if you want.



The shot cuts to Eric Falconer literally throwing up into a toilet. The
shot then cuts to Eric Falconer and Derek Waters in the living room.



Derek Waters: Do you still want to do this or do you want to go to bed?



Eric Falconer: No, I want to do this.



Derek Waters
: Ok.



Eric Falconer: I wanna get drunker.



Shot cuts to Eric Falconer clinking glasses with Derek Waters.



Eric Falconer
: To Ben Franklin.



Derek Waters: To Ben Franklin.



Eric Falconer: William follows Ben Franklin out to a field.



The shot cuts to Clark Duke following Jack Black in a rainstorm.



Eric Falconer (voiceover): Where Ben Franklin says, William, you are my
bastard son. Get a kite. Tie a string to it. Tie a key to the string
and fly it in a fucking lightning storm. So William…



Shot cuts back to Eric Falconer sitting on the couch.



Eric Falconer
: …not Ben, William…



Shot cuts back to Jack Black and Clark Duke in the field. William is tying the string and key to the kite.



Eric Falconer (voiceover)
: …took a kite. Tied a string to it, with a
spool, and tied a fucking metal key to the string and flew it up in a
lightning storm.



Jack Black sits off to the side with an umbrella while Clark Duke flies the kite in the storm.



The shot cuts to Eric Falconer sitting on the couch.



Eric Falconer: I need to throw up. Then, I’ll come back.



Derek Waters
: Ok.



Again, Eric Falconer is shown literally throwing up into a toilet. The
shot pulls back to reveal Derek Waters looking uncomfortable. The shot
cuts back to Eric Falconer sitting on the couch.



Eric Falconer
: I got a lot of it out.



Derek Waters: Do you feel better or do you…



Eric Falconer: I feel a lot better.



Derek Waters
: Oh, good.



Eric Falconer: William is flying a kite in a fucking lightning storm…



The shot cuts to Jack Black sitting off to the side and Clark Duke flying the kite.



Eric Falconer (voiceover): …with a metal key attached to it. The kite
goes up and up and up and up. The string goes up and up and up and up.



The shot cuts back to Eric Falconer on the couch.



Eric Falconer: Ben Franklin is kind of sitting on the sidelines saying…



Shot cuts to Jack Black sitting on a chair with the umbrella, giving Clark Duke the thumbs up.



Eric Falconer (voiceover)
: …good job, William. You’re my kid. You do
what you think is right. Once that kite and that key become charged,
Franklin says, William, William touch it. William’s like, what? Touch
it? Touch metal? This is light…this is fucking electricity. This is
lightning. You were right.



The shot cuts to Eric Falconer sitting on the couch.



Eric Falconer
: You’ve proved your point.



Eric Falconer reaches for his vodka cranberry and knocks it over.



Eric Falconer
: Uh oh.



Eric Falconer gives a half-hearted attempt to stop the spread of the liquid on the table.



Derek Waters
: It’s ok. It’s ok.



Eric Falconer
: Franklin says, touch the key. Touch the key.



The shot cuts back to Jack Black and Clark Duke. Clark Duke slowly reaches out to touch the key and receives a shock.



Eric Falconer (voiceover): William reaches out and touches the key and
a little spark hits him. And this proves to Franklin that the same
electricity that comes from rubbing your feet on a carpet comes from
the sky.



Jack Black and Clark Duke are shown walking back from the field toward the house.



The shot cuts back to Eric Falconer sitting on the couch.



Eric Falconer: Listen, listen, this is what I think happened. This
isn’t historically accurate, but it’s what I think happened.



The shot cuts back to Jack Black and Clark Duke standing in the house.
Jack Black and Clark Duke look at each other and back at the camera.
The shot cuts back to Eric Falconer sitting on the couch.



Eric Falconer
: I don’t believe that Ben Franklin would be reckless
enough to throw a kite out into a lightning storm. I think he would
have his kid, who he didn’t give a shit about because he was born from
a prostitute. I think he would have him go out in the lighting storm
with him. And I think William is the one who flew the kite the kite in
the lightning storm.
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