History of the World Part II: release date, trailer, cast and everything we know about the Mel Brooks series

Nick Kroll, Wanda Sykes and Ike Barinholtz in History of the World Part II
Nick Kroll, Wanda Sykes and Ike Barinholtz in History of the World Part II (Image credit: Courtesy of Hulu)

Just as Mel Brooks promised, History of the World Part II is coming (just 40 years after Part I). It was first announced back in late 2021 that History of the World Part II was being made into a TV series, a continuation of the historical parody that Brooks did with his 1981 movie. Fans will remember that History of the World Part I ended with a teaser trailer for some of the things that may be covered in Part II.

Brooks is serving as a writer and executive producer on History of the World Part II, which is being described as a variety series with different sketches spoofing famous moments in history. Joining Brooks as part of the writing team are well-known comedians including Nick Kroll, Wanda Sykes, Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen.

Find out everything you need to know about History of the World Part II right here, including when we're expecting it, who's going to appear and what historical moments are going to be skewered.

History of the World Part II release date

History of the World Part II is officially going to premiere on Monday, March 6, on Hulu. It is being described as a four night event, with episodes airing Monday through Thursday that week.

No word on when or where History of the World Part II is going to be released where Hulu is not available, like in the UK, but we'd assume that it would be on Disney Plus.

History of the World Part II cast

As of early January, there are four confirmed cast members for History of the World Part II — Mel Brooks, Wanda Sykes, Nick Kroll and Ike Barinholtz.

Brooks is of course a comedy legend, the writer and director of classics like The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Spaceballs and, obviously, History of the World Part I. He also appeared in many of these films as an actor. Though Brooks is 96 years old, he has remained active, mostly as a voice actor, as last year he provided voices for Little Demon and Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank. It is unclear if Brooks is going to appear on screen in History of the World Part II.

Sykes, Kroll and Barinholtz are popular comedians in their own right. Sykes is an Emmy-winner whose recent credits include The Upshaws, The Other Two and The Good Fight. Kroll is one of the creatives behind the popular series Big Mouth, as well as appearing in Don't Worry Darling, Sausage Party and The Kroll Show. Barinholtz, meanwhile, is best known for acting in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, The Afterparty and The Mindy Project.

Beyond those four principals, here are other members of The History of the World Part II cast:

History of the World Part II plot

Here is the official synopsis for History of the World Part II from Hulu:

"After waiting over 40 years there is finally a sequel to the seminal Mel Brooks film, History of the World, Part I, with each episode featuring a variety of sketches that take us through different periods of human history."

Some of the early bits of info on eras of history we are going to see in History of the World Part II include Civil War general and US president Ulysses S. Grant, the Russian Revolution, Shakespeare's writer's room, Shirley Chissom, Marco Polo and Kublai Khan.

History of the World Part II trailer

Here is the first teaser trailer for History of the World Part II, giving us a look at the massive ensemble cast and some of the history that they are going to skewer. Watch directly below:

How to watch History of the World Part II

US viewers who want to watch History of the World Part II are going to need to have a Hulu subscription. There are a few ways to procure that though. You can sign up for the Hulu standalone service (with or without ads); or you can sign up for Hulu with Live TV to get, as advertised, Hulu and live TV channels; or you can pair Hulu with Disney Plus and ESPN Plus for one discounted monthly price with the Disney Bundle.

UK and viewers elsewhere will have to wait to find out where History of the World Part II is going to be streaming, but in all likelihood, it’ll be on Disney Plus.

If you want to watch History of the World Part I, that is available to rent through digital on-demand.

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd (opens in new tab).