Known for writing classic novels like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and the BFG, Roald Dahl is a name synonymous with many wonderful — and sometimes scarring — works of children’s literature. But one thing many may not know about the man is that he was once a WWII fighter pilot in Britain’s Royal Air Force and before becoming a famous scribe, he ended up doing some pretty sexy sounding spy work.
To further nail home this lesson from the past, our Drunk History teacher for the week, Lucius Dillon, walks us through these events as Will Ferrell takes on the role of the odd renaissance man in question. The above video previews the newest episode of the Comedy Central series, titled “Spies,” which not only finds Dillon miraculously balancing a glass of whiskey on his knee, but also tearing, no, spinning a wonderful yarn about the colorful life of Roald Dahl.
Will Ferrell brings his funny man schtick to the role in a manner that seems quite fitting, actually. The episode airs tonight at 10:30 p.m. and if there’s one important lesson to take away from this tale, it’s that notorious weirdo Roald Dahl got a lot of intel for the British government “through so much of his d*ck.”
(Via Comedy Central)