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Oct. 10: Drunk History

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With 'Drunk History,' Lutherville's Derek Waters has a tipsy hit

Five years ago, Lutherville native Derek Waters was a struggling comedian in Los Angeles.

Like thousands before him, he had dreams of being cast on "Saturday Night Live" or making it in Hollywood as a funny guy. But Waters wasn't having much luck.

"My auditions were like, 'Stoned Guy No. 7' and 'Drunk-looking Guy No. 8,'" Waters, 33, said. "So I could've been bitter about it or write my own stuff, like shorts and sketches."

Trusting his "dark" sense of humor, which Waters says he inherited from his grandfather, he followed the latter path.

On Aug. 6, 2007,...