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The "Souvenir Ship" episode that aired this week was the hardest I've laughed at a half-hour show in a very long time, I dunno who else is watching this but it's brilliant. Figure it deserves its own thread to post YouTubes in. If nothing else please watch this clip

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8QruYW6v6E&list=PLD7nPL1U-R5p2A2PNhFaimVdzjIg6CNpI

Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Sunday, 13 July 2014 18:02 (seven years ago) link

I loved the gas station rebate episode.

when you call my name it's like a prickly pear (Crabbits), Monday, 14 July 2014 04:00 (seven years ago) link

oh my god was the "Chinese Dragon Rentals" part amazing

Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:58 (seven years ago) link

i watched the entire first season a couple nights ago and it was the best night of my life

Clay, Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:52 (seven years ago) link

ok so caught the starbucks episode purely by chance (was half watching drunk history, didn't turn channel) and it was one of the funniest things i've ever seen on comedy central. i can understand how that ep might be an outlier though. are the other episodes of similar quality? him and that lawyer.

balls, Wednesday, 30 July 2014 15:18 (seven years ago) link

they're basically all good; starbucks ep is middle of the pack imo
johnny depp episode is pretty top level

go ahead. make vid where u rap about this new TMNT movie. (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 30 July 2014 15:20 (seven years ago) link

otm this show is incredibly consistent

een, Wednesday, 30 July 2014 15:25 (seven years ago) link

I thought the skydiving one was too cringey but other than that every single episode has been hilarious. I agree with forks, that the Depp episode was my favorite so far. But all of them have made me laugh, sometimes it's just the little things that make this show work so well - like "School sucks, man. You can just go on the stinkin' internet!" as Nathan's idea of what teenagers talk about these days

"Claw of Shame" is also amazing and I believe the only other one that's just one long segment. The dude specifically asking not to be credited as a "consultant" (who wound up being credited four seperate times in the end) was probably my favorite part but the whole thing was brilliant.

Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Wednesday, 30 July 2014 15:32 (seven years ago) link

i love the episodes where he starts with a simple, dumb scheme and consequently builds up an immense and overly complicated series of rube goldbergian plans that move him further and further away from his original purpose
which is most of them

go ahead. make vid where u rap about this new TMNT movie. (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 30 July 2014 15:35 (seven years ago) link

Haven't seen any of s2 yet but s1 was amazing. The gas station rebate episode best epitomizes the show's ability to start one place and end up somewhere totally different.

Immediate Follower (NA), Wednesday, 30 July 2014 15:47 (seven years ago) link

xxp I think most of them do have that potential but he can't control what the business owners will or won't do. The "Ghost Free Homes" lady definitely went all the way with it but there are bits like with the Private Investigator where you can tell things didn't quite go the way he had planned (due to the actor's fiance getting really skeeved out by Nathan). Though that one did have an amazing punchline in the end

Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Wednesday, 30 July 2014 15:51 (seven years ago) link

His Dan Mintz-like delivery makes me think Tina Belcher is narrating the show, which makes it better.

Stephen King's Threaderstarter (kingfish), Wednesday, 30 July 2014 15:56 (seven years ago) link

i so desperately want that banana/tongue out/"I HATE JEWS" photo; someone please post that here when it inevitably shows up on the internet

that was one of the most painful things I've ever seen

go ahead. make vid where u rap about this new TMNT movie. (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 6 August 2014 04:36 (seven years ago) link

death is so saaad
death is so saad

when you call my name it's like a prickly pear (Crabbits), Wednesday, 6 August 2014 13:22 (seven years ago) link

I thought the skydiving one was too cringey but other than that every single episode has been hilarious.

I loved the skydiving episode. "I forgot that I owed my friend forty dollars."

when you call my name it's like a prickly pear (Crabbits), Wednesday, 6 August 2014 13:25 (seven years ago) link

Hard to believe that This Hour Has 22 Minutes wound up fostering anything of worth, but here we are. This show rules.

Simon H., Wednesday, 6 August 2014 13:25 (seven years ago) link

this was a good episode (and two of the ideas actually seemed legit!) but nothing made me laugh harder than the dog shrieking when Nathan tried to pick it up

Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Wednesday, 6 August 2014 18:05 (seven years ago) link

well besides the Bill Gates impersonator

Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Wednesday, 6 August 2014 18:05 (seven years ago) link

"you know... when we made microsoft..."

go ahead. make vid where u rap about this new TMNT movie. (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 6 August 2014 18:06 (seven years ago) link

this guy is just the best

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL6fco19xXQ

Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Wednesday, 6 August 2014 21:52 (seven years ago) link

i think the toy store one is my new favorite, just omg the santa reappearance. really amazed at this show's ability to do the same thing over and over again and keep it fresh, improving it even

een, Friday, 8 August 2014 20:44 (seven years ago) link

would really like to see that "i hate jews" picture...

it's in the episode i saw on the comedy central app

dilligaf escape plan (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 8 August 2014 21:24 (seven years ago) link

i think the one with "the hunk" is my favorite ep, love this guy

hug niceman (psychgawsple), Friday, 8 August 2014 21:28 (seven years ago) link

http://oi61.tinypic.com/2rgnxxf.jpg

Number None, Saturday, 9 August 2014 00:32 (seven years ago) link

as much as I lost it at the picture, the end of that segment was the first time I genuinely felt the show went too far

Number None, Saturday, 9 August 2014 00:35 (seven years ago) link

that's worse than when he was three seconds away from showing his dick to a crowd of kids?

een, Saturday, 9 August 2014 00:51 (seven years ago) link

but that didn't actually happen

Number None, Saturday, 9 August 2014 00:55 (seven years ago) link

thank you, that picture is amazing.
yeah, the bit where the lawyer was getting genuinely indignant was deeply uncomfortable but hey! She posed for the shot!

go ahead. make vid where u rap about this new TMNT movie. (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 9 August 2014 03:09 (seven years ago) link

i kinda assumed 4channers would be all over this show

go ahead. make vid where u rap about this new TMNT movie. (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 9 August 2014 03:13 (seven years ago) link

I can't see this show's title without singing "Nothing on You" by B.o.B.

dilligaf escape plan (Whiney G. Weingarten), Saturday, 9 August 2014 03:28 (seven years ago) link

i always hear flava flav myself

een, Saturday, 9 August 2014 03:48 (seven years ago) link

http://assets.adamriff.com/images/woodfellas.jpg

slam dunk, Sunday, 10 August 2014 03:23 (seven years ago) link

this is the funniest show i've seen in a long time

Spectrum, Sunday, 10 August 2014 03:30 (seven years ago) link

he has weird hair

del griffith, Sunday, 10 August 2014 04:56 (seven years ago) link

my god santa telling those kids they look like babies and the one kid opening up about another kid being mean at school
my god

Neckbread (Will M.), Wednesday, 13 August 2014 02:58 (seven years ago) link

wait, what episode are you talking about here?

go ahead. make vid where u rap about this new TMNT movie. (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 13 August 2014 04:41 (seven years ago) link

yeah last night was the Taxi/Line Cutting episode. pretty good though the cab company owner's desperation was a little unsettling. I'm glad they didn't go through with it!

Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Wednesday, 13 August 2014 12:48 (seven years ago) link

oh i am talking about ep8, on the comedy cnetral site. shh never mind it's only a tiny spoiler ;)

Neckbread (Will M.), Wednesday, 13 August 2014 14:49 (seven years ago) link

did not even realize that the site was ahead of the broadcast schedule! is that normal for cc?

Neckbread (Will M.), Wednesday, 13 August 2014 14:49 (seven years ago) link

watching this on hulu. they just put the liquor store/exterminator/car wash episode. first two ones were pretty dumb, but the car wash was funny. i think i overdosed on this show "binge watching" the first season.

Spectrum, Wednesday, 13 August 2014 14:51 (seven years ago) link

the lawyer in that dumb starbucks episode trying to steal the signed contract was one of the funniest things i've seen on tv. even if a lot of it was staged or w/e, he does a great job playing with the line between reality tv artifice and the actual, ridiculous things he is doing to/for these businesses

hug niceman (psychgawsple), Wednesday, 13 August 2014 17:15 (seven years ago) link

yeah i was curious about to what extent this show is real and found this, which pretty much jibes with my impression:

Many people suspect that reality television is scripted, and with “Nathan for You,” this is, in a sense, the case. Fielder and his writers compose detailed outlines for each episode, trying their best to predict “what a reasonable person might say in a situation,” Fielder said, and to steer events in propitious directions — nudging customers from the gas station, for example, to the mountaintop. This doesn’t mean that the show’s marks are acting, however, or in on the joke: Fielder’s producers approach prospective businesses without letting on that “Nathan for You” is a comedy show, and Fielder never breaks character at a shoot.

In filming the show, Fielder says, chance ultimately rules: “We don’t even reference the script after a certain point. An entire day of shooting will ride on stuff happening the way we hope. It’s crazy to do a production like that, but the uncertainty makes the show feel more authentic and spontaneous.” Koman agreed: “It’s setups and luck.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/15/magazine/nathan-fielder.html?_r=1

een, Wednesday, 13 August 2014 22:10 (seven years ago) link

if the lawyer wasn't in on it that is like the funniest thing ever

een, Wednesday, 13 August 2014 22:11 (seven years ago) link

that corkboard thing was one of the funniest moments on the show, my god

Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Wednesday, 20 August 2014 12:29 (seven years ago) link

"Inside all of our anatomies there's two parts. There's a part that's a liar, and a part that's a cool guy."

oblique blasphemies (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:08 (seven years ago) link

dumb Starbucks did not disappoint

Peeking at Peak Petty (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 22 August 2014 04:38 (seven years ago) link

i keep thinking there should have been more interesting material there (like how did the employees react to the media blow-up), but if there were, they would have shown it.

Philip Nunez, Friday, 22 August 2014 05:22 (seven years ago) link

This show is the most tortured I've been between thinking it's the funniest thing I've seen in years and thinking he really is possibly an awful person who is blatantly exploiting (at best) unhappy people for a gag (thinking of the repeated cuts at the expense of the lonely guy who allows Nathan to test the 40-maids-in-6-minutes scheme; the woman who says she was assaulted by an 'entity' in Switzerland during the ghost real estate thing; even the lone shot of a woman crying to herself across the pet cemetery when he unveils the advertisement/headstone).

I even felt for all the people who would have been so excited to see the 'Johnny Depp' movie being filmed - though that sequence also had me doubled over in pain from laughing (when he repurposes the footage of the guy running through the souvenir shop as 'people were desperate to get supplies' or whatever I fucking lost it).

He's got to be some kind of sociopath to stand there through these horrible and often quite sad interactions just trusting it'll all wash out in the edit.

Your Ribs are My Ladder, Monday, 1 September 2014 14:45 (seven years ago) link

it is so weird watching him try to act

frogbs, Monday, 7 October 2019 15:33 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

Meet your new TV-comedy dream team: Nathan Fielder and the Safdie brothers. According to Deadline, the former Nathan for You star and Uncut Gems directors have a new TV project in the works at Showtime, and it sounds very promising. Titled The Curse, the half-hour comedy pilot is about “how an alleged curse disturbs the relationship of a newly married couple who star in Flipanthropy, their troubled HGTV show.” Fielder will star as the husband, while Benny Safdie will play the producer of the HGTV show. Fielder is credited with writing the pilot, while the Safdie brothers will direct and executive produce.

omar little, Monday, 2 March 2020 22:12 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pafGc0rzyg

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 14:01 (one year ago) link

I was hoping this would be for the Fielder/Safdies show but this also looks dope!

unpaid intern at the darvo institute (Simon H.), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 14:06 (one year ago) link

thought the bump was gonna be for this

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/16/holocaust-us-adults-study

frogbs, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 16:43 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Lmaooooo

pic.twitter.com/mZqobAnODd

— big time influencer guy on here (@boring_as_heck) October 2, 2020

frogbs, Saturday, 3 October 2020 16:56 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://www.hbo.com/how-to-with-john-wilson

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 22 October 2020 18:26 (one year ago) link

Starts tomorrow!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 22 October 2020 18:27 (one year ago) link

looks fascinating, definitely planning to watch (if i remember)

glengarry gary beers (voodoo chili), Thursday, 22 October 2020 18:59 (one year ago) link

Finally, a show about New York, the quirky little city that could.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 22 October 2020 19:03 (one year ago) link

that looks awesome

superdeep borehole (harbl), Thursday, 22 October 2020 19:04 (one year ago) link

Def. intriguing!

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 22 October 2020 19:06 (one year ago) link

I'm gonna throw some money down for this because I have complete faith in Nathan's comedy instincts and he has yet to disappoint

the burrito that defined a generation, Thursday, 22 October 2020 19:11 (one year ago) link

psyched for this

error prone wolf syndicate (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 22 October 2020 21:14 (one year ago) link

I worked on this! It's a culmination of my friend John's ambition of 10+ years and is amazing. Can't wait for everyone to tune in.

tomorrow, Thursday, 22 October 2020 22:39 (one year ago) link

Awesome, congratulations! Always looking for something good to watch with my wife.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 22 October 2020 22:46 (one year ago) link

wow, that's cool tomorrow! i'm definitely going to be checking it out

president of my cat (Karl Malone), Thursday, 22 October 2020 22:47 (one year ago) link

36 minutes remain

president of my cat (Karl Malone), Saturday, 24 October 2020 02:24 (one year ago) link

this absolutely delivers

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Saturday, 24 October 2020 05:27 (one year ago) link

Yes

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 24 October 2020 05:32 (one year ago) link

also having just watched a second time....pretty sure that was actually Kyle maclachlan

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Sunday, 25 October 2020 05:19 (one year ago) link

for sure

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 25 October 2020 05:20 (one year ago) link

his old shorts are still up on Vimeo:

https://vimeo.com/johnsmovies

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Saturday, 31 October 2020 15:20 (one year ago) link

New scaffolding episode is best-of-the-year tv

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 31 October 2020 15:51 (one year ago) link

good show

johnny crunch, Sunday, 1 November 2020 00:03 (one year ago) link

yup

the burrito that defined a generation, Sunday, 1 November 2020 00:40 (one year ago) link

I know what I'm about to say is corny and a bit hyperbolic but it's been awhile since I've seen something like How To which makes me see the world around me in a new way, what a show

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Sunday, 1 November 2020 02:14 (one year ago) link

How To is wonderful and this i really don't mean this as self-promo but it is weird to encounter a piece of art that feels like a cousin to our own weird thing we made this year, an interactive "game"/film/hard-to-explain for yr phone: http://www.motto.io

sean gramophone, Sunday, 1 November 2020 03:12 (one year ago) link

like the same appropriation of unseasoned real-life footage, using storytelling as a way of projecting meaning, decency and sincerity onto it

sean gramophone, Sunday, 1 November 2020 03:12 (one year ago) link

probably no Red Hot Chilli Pipers content though right

the burrito that defined a generation, Sunday, 1 November 2020 03:27 (one year ago) link

looking forward to checking that out Sean

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 1 November 2020 03:48 (one year ago) link

no Chi Peps but some donna summers!

sean gramophone, Sunday, 1 November 2020 16:49 (one year ago) link

*summer

sean gramophone, Sunday, 1 November 2020 16:50 (one year ago) link

zinoman agrees with me
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/02/arts/television/john-wilson-scaffolding-hbo.html

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 2 November 2020 22:16 (one year ago) link

my god, the end to this one.

The Beige of Dadz (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 7 November 2020 06:14 (one year ago) link

Don't
Talk To Me
Unless
It's About
the Mandela Effect

johnny crunch, Saturday, 7 November 2020 18:02 (one year ago) link

yeah this is so good. I dont want to consider it Nathan For You Jr or something, but its definitely a worthy successor

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Saturday, 7 November 2020 21:53 (one year ago) link

incredible

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Sunday, 8 November 2020 01:37 (one year ago) link

this was definitely the most NFY esque one yet

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Sunday, 8 November 2020 01:38 (one year ago) link

time for a new thread
How To with John Wilson

i believe that (s)he is sincere (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 8 November 2020 03:41 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

posted in the john wilson thread but really needs to be here too
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCNsx_NyNOU

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 3 December 2020 17:47 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

never got around to any of the "On Your Side" videos; they're great
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7hE6MlFzz4

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Monday, 21 December 2020 00:00 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

this interaction is so absurd that it even made Nathan Fielder break character pic.twitter.com/bq0H0DYjg6

— Zaku May Cry (@ZinZaku) March 17, 2021

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 19 March 2021 01:15 (ten months ago) link

high point of the show

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Friday, 19 March 2021 12:21 (ten months ago) link

“To save their company, Cinnamon Toast Crunch needs to make cereal classy again, and what’s classier than shrimp?” pic.twitter.com/pXs2RgZh5c

— Elyza Halpern (@elyzawithawhy) March 23, 2021

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 23 March 2021 23:31 (ten months ago) link

three months pass...

fuuuck yesss

intern at pelican brief consulting (Simon H.), Friday, 25 June 2021 21:01 (seven months ago) link

four months pass...

been rewatching this lately and man the "Smokers Allowed" episode might be one of the most meta & avant-garde episodes any comedy show has ever produced. just...really stripping down what is real and what is performance which is underscored even more by the fact that nothing interesting at all happens during the "play" itself

I do wonder about the original audience of 2 or the actors he hired - they had to know this was absurd, right? Did they play along because it was for a TV show? Did they know what the TV show was about?

frogbs, Wednesday, 17 November 2021 22:45 (two months ago) link

sounds like his upcoming show has a pretty similar premise to 'smokers allowed':

“The Rehearsal’s” official description is as follows: “In a world where nothing seems to ever work out as you had hoped, Nathan Fielder gives people the opportunity to rehearse for their own lives.”

flopson, Thursday, 18 November 2021 02:41 (two months ago) link


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