Disco Demolition Night gets a tipsy retelling
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If you haven't heard of the 1979 Disco Demolition, now is a great time to brush up on your music (and baseball) history. Disco Demolition Night was a promotional event held at Comiskey Park, home of the Chicago White Sox, on July 12, 1979. During the doubleheader, local radio personality Steve Dahl asked his disco-loathing listeners to bring dance records to the ballpark. Between games, he would blow them up on the field. The extremely large, overzealous crowd took to the field and trashed it. Disco Demolition Night gained national attention and remains one of the most notorious promotional stunts in sports history. So notorious, in fact, that is has earned a segment on Comedy Central's Drunk History series.
On Tuesday, December 6, Chicago native and actor Bob Odenkirk (of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul) will be retelling the infamous 1979 Disco Demolition Night legend with the help of some liquid courage. For those unfamiliar with Drunk History, the show enlists comedians to recount historical events after knocking back a few drinks. These retellings are sometimes a little foggy and disjointed but always entertaining. In this case, Patton Oswalt and Colin Hanks will star in the boozy re-enactment.
Catch the retelling of this White Sox promotion gone awry this Tuesday, December 6th at 9:30pET on Comedy Central. And be sure to get the real story of the Disco Demolition below.