Everybody starts to act a little foolish once they’ve had a couple of drinks, and TV characters are no exception. For decades, funny situations and alcohol have been a winning comedic combination for TV fans. But while these memorable drinking contests are hilarious, remember that real-life drinking should be done in moderation.
Now, on to the funniest drinking contests in recent TV history!
In the very same episode that she checks into rehab, Lucille Bluth also challenges Kitty to a drinking contest. Seeing George’s wife and his mistress exchange catty comments is comedy gold, but the big laughs come when Lucille slams a shot and tells Kitty “that one didn’t count.” Later, with Kitty drunk and passed out, Lucille makes the frat boys in the bar scream with approval when she tells them she needs to get back to rehab.
“Parks and Recreation“
When three women want one man, the only fair solution is an old-fashioned prairie drink-off. Ron is strong-willed and independent, except when his ex-wife is in the picture. Tammy One (Ron’s first ex-wife) and Tamara (Ron’s mother) decide to have a drink-off to see who Ron will go to live with. Leslie decides to enter the contest as well: if she wins, Ron stays at the Parks Department.
Their drink of choice is Swanson family mash liquor, a brew so vile that its only legal use is to strip the varnish off of speedboats. Leslie and April both drink the vile stuff, but can’t keep up with Tammy and Tamara. Moved by Leslie’s sacrifice, Ron drains the entire bottle of liquor by himself, and wins the right to control his own life.
In the episode where Peter learns that Francis Griffin wasn’t his real father, he travels all the way to Ireland to find his biological dad. But when Peter locates the man (who is also the town drunk), he is reluctant to believe Peter’s story. In order to prove that Peter is his son, the two engage in a drinking contest, going drink for drink with one another. The town drunk realizes that Peter must be his son because of his ability to hold his liquor, and the two launch into a humorous musical number called “My Drunken Irish Dad.”
In an earlier season, a cutaway gag shows that the real reason that the North won the Civil War was because Peter’s ancestor Ulysses S. Griffin beat Robert E. Lee in a drinking contest.
In the hilarious episode “Sandwich Day,” the TGS cast faces off against the Teamsters in a drinking contest. If the TGS cast wins, Liz gets a new sandwich (and she really wants that sandwich.) But at first, it seems like Jenna will be the only one drinking for her team: Kenneth says his religion prevents him from drinking, and Tracy is currently wearing an alcohol monitor. But in the end, the other characters decide to drink anyway.
In the second season of this historical comedy, Edmund Blackadder has a scheduling conflict that provides a lot of comic relief. In the episode simply titled “Beer,” Edmund has two engagements on the same night. The first is with his religious relatives, who have come to discuss the matter of the inheritance he will receive from them. Elsewhere in the castle, Blackadder is also committed to compete in a drinking contest against Lord Melchett. Watching Blackadder try to attend both parties at the same time is hilarious. In the end, he loses the 10,000 florin bet with Melchett, as well as the inheritance from his relatives.