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Screener Squad: History of the World, Part II

History of the World Part II review


Better late than never…” some would say. It’s been over 40 years since History of the World, Part 1 graced the silver screen, so now it’s Hulu’s turn (along with Nick Kroll, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, and Mel Brooks as Exec Producers) to put history in perspective. If you’re a fan of Mel’s sketch comedy, especially the way the first movie was presented, HOTWP2 picks on history. We do get some POC representation, but the focus is mostly on Western European affairs with a Jewish lens. That’s where Mel likes to play and he’s earned the right. The show takes a bit to get going, but it has a lot to offer. At least that’s what Jordan, Mindy, and Chad think. It has some flaws but overall, HOTWP2 is worth a roll in the hay.


CREATED BY: Mel Books, Wanda Sykes, Nick Kroll, Ike Barinholtz, and David Stassen

STARRING: Mel Brooks, Wanda Sykes, Nick Kroll, Ike Barinholtz, Jason “Wee Man” Acuña, Pamela Adlon, James Adomian, Jason Alexander, Fred Armisen, Dan Bakkedahl, Tim Baltz, Malcolm Barrett, Zazie Beetz, Jillian Bell, Jack Black, Craig Cackowski, Edgar Blackmon, Guy Branum, Quinta Brunson, Owen Burke, Dove Cameron, D’arcy Carden, Andy Cohen, Danny DeVito, Ronny Chieng, Rob Corddry, Andy Daly, Jon Daly, Colton Dunn, David Duchovny, Hannah Einbinder, Jay Ellis, Josh Fadem, Josh Gad, Marla Gibbs, Kimiko Glenn, Blake Griffin, Mary Holland, Jake Johnson, Mitra Jouhari, Johnny Knoxville, Richard Kind, Preston Lacy, Jenifer Lewis, Poppy Liu, Scott MacArthur, Jason Mantzoukas, Mena Massoud, Jack McBrayer, Zahn McClarnon, Charles Melton, Crystal Kung Minkoff, Finesse Mitchell, Seth Morris, Brock O’Hurn, Pam Oliver, Gil Ozeri, Chris Pontius, Andrew Rannells, Rob Riggle, Nick Robinson, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, J.B. Smoove, David Stassen, Drew Tarver, Taika Waititi, George Wallace, Michaela Watkins, Kym Whitley, Tyler James Williams, Casey Wilson




Chad Halvorsen (Screener Squad)

Chad Halvorsen currently resides in Milwaukee, WI, where he produces and edits commercials, films, and everything in between. He was always a fan of film/television growing up, spending days in the Summer, making (terrible) home movies with his brothers. Little did he know that passion would carry on into adulthood. Since 2006, Chad has worked for several agencies in various departments. Shooting, producing, editing, production management, directing, and when forced to, writing copy. In 2015, Chad decided to take the big leap and become a freelancer. Since then, he’s produced content for Lyft, AT&T, Target, and Discovery Network. His passion lies in entertaining people, making them feel better, even for a moment. All the pain and suffering of this business is worth it, if even just one person views his work. Chad is a frequent podcaster, most notably posing as a co-host for the podcast “The Film Illogical Society.”



Jordan Cobb (Screener Squad)

Born with a comic book in one hand, a camera in the other, and in front of the television as WrestleMania played out, Jordan Worth Cobb was thus birthed into this crazy world. A Digital Filmmaking major from the University of Central Arkansas, Jordan has done it all in film from directing, writing, editing, and producing in addition to skills involved in film and TV criticism, journalism, and years of podcasting experience. On any given day, her ADHD riddled brain bounces focus from film to pro wrestling to TV to superheroes to noir to video games to espionage and yes, even to sports. She played little league you know. For more of this eccentric nerd, you can follow her on Twitter here and read her original writings on Deepest Corners of My Notebook.



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Having grown up in Nairobi, Kenya, and being very disappointed at the lack of riding elephants her cartoons had promised her, Mindy spends the majority of her time as a film, theater, and voice over actress in the Austin, Texas area. They still give her money for being on HBO that one time, with her name in the credits spelled wrong. A nerdy geek, this award-winning actress joined One of Us figuring she’d put her summa cum laude BFA acting degree to good use…by judging other people’s acting. In the few seconds she gets to herself, Mindy bakes for charity, knits eccentric plushies, plays original RPG’s with her gamemaster husband, and spends time with her soulmate, Batman.



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