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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

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

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

otm this show is incredibly consistent

een, Wednesday, 30 July 2014 15:25 (six 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 (six 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

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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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

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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six years ago) link

well besides the Bill Gates impersonator

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

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

this guy is just the best

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

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

but that didn't actually happen

Number None, Saturday, 9 August 2014 00:55 (six 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!

i kinda assumed 4channers would be all over this show

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 (six years ago) link

i always hear flava flav myself

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

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

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

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

he has weird hair

del griffith, Sunday, 10 August 2014 04:56 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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.”

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

dumb Starbucks did not disappoint

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

Don't worry it's a wax Elon, surely

Evan, Thursday, 1 March 2018 21:53 (two years ago) link

i can't think of nathan fielder anything but nathan fielder. i always wonder if how he handles himself in these situations

i remember the corned beef of my childhood (Karl Malone), Thursday, 1 March 2018 22:03 (two years ago) link

Probably something likes this. "Mr. Musk, people are always working on technology that helps us to go faster, but have you ever considered how productive we would be if we all just moved ... slower? My proposal to you is a train - a floating magic hover train - that takes *twice* as long to get from one place to another. Just imagine all the work you would get done, and how excited people would be watching it go by, slowly."

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 1 March 2018 23:02 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

Can the Emmys be Hacked? I asked an important question and got a frightening answer.

— nathan fielder (@nathanfielder) June 8, 2018

maura, Friday, 8 June 2018 07:26 (two years ago) link

shocking to say the least...and really shocking to say the most

frogbs, Friday, 8 June 2018 12:50 (two years ago) link

maura that's really great

sunburst N snowblind (Ross), Friday, 15 June 2018 04:22 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

the quick edit during the kid talking about orange at the beginning cracks me up

global tetrahedron, Monday, 6 August 2018 16:46 (two years ago) link

I finally started watching this show after putting it off

This is not a bingeable show, and I mean that in the best possible way. Because holy shit, so awkward

mh, Friday, 10 August 2018 00:50 (two years ago) link

I watched one episode a couple years ago and I haven't worked up the nerve for a second yet. Is it streaming on something?

faculty w1fe (silby), Friday, 10 August 2018 01:05 (two years ago) link

Nathan is less a straight man than an incredibly awkward man. Any moment he starts to lose control of the situation or is about to break character, he responds in the most awkward way possible. It's not usually anything that's wrong enough to draw immediate anger, it's just.. what the fuck, this guy just doesn't know how to interact with people!

like even feeling for a sec that his character is relatable is the most cringe-worthy thing

silby, it's on hulu now

mh, Friday, 10 August 2018 01:27 (two years ago) link

I'm still pretty early in the series but the whole reality show part of "The Hunk" where you're not sure if the women think they're on a real Bachelor-style show, or if they just know it's being taped for.. something.. was so weird. The woman who was asked "what's your deepest, darkest secret?" and the huge pause where she's making facial expressions that start at questioning, going through several emotions until she just looks like she's in a dark place.. was she doing that because she wants to be an actress and was trying to create a lot of footage so they'd cut in some of it? Was she really thinking about it and thought of something really unsettling?

just so great when she goes with "I hate wearing socks"

mh, Friday, 10 August 2018 01:53 (two years ago) link

This is not a bingeable show, and I mean that in the best possible way. Because holy shit, so awkward

― mh, Thursday, August 9, 2018 8:50 PM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

cringeable show

Evan, Friday, 10 August 2018 01:59 (two years ago) link

I just had to revisit the clip of the Uber passenger freaking out over the driver's refusal to stop blaring 'Mambo No. 5'.

I might need to rewatch the entire series right now.

Funkface LLC (Old Lunch), Friday, 10 August 2018 02:03 (two years ago) link

a little bit of nathan in your life

mh, Friday, 10 August 2018 02:09 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

I just watched Vampyr (1932) for the first time last night, and I don't know if the timeline works out but I'm pretty sure the main actor was Nathan Fielder. If not, I would like to commission a remake ASAP.

Digital Squirts (Old Lunch), Sunday, 2 September 2018 14:47 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

good choice i think. end it on a high note

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 23:01 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Somehow I fell out of watching this two episodes into season 4 but I just watched all of it except the Melinda episode and goddamn, what a show.

DEATH PUPPET (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 1 November 2018 20:25 (one year ago) link

was thinking yesterday that a bar rescue type show with a MacGruber-esque host would be really good. then I remembered that Nathan For You is that show.

for i, sock in enumerate (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 1 November 2018 21:49 (one year ago) link

tivo alert: comedy central are rerunning the last two part ep this sunday and monday am

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 2 November 2018 15:15 (one year ago) link

not Melinda, Frances

the dude's Bill Gates impression is solid

DEATH PUPPET (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 3 November 2018 07:32 (one year ago) link

Some dude is doing Nathan For You stuff for real, except Nathan For You was already real, and this is also an intentional comedy, so I guess it's just cruelty-free Nathan For You.

Philip Nunez, Monday, 5 November 2018 00:49 (one year ago) link

also comedy-free

Number None, Monday, 5 November 2018 07:48 (one year ago) link

yeah i dunno if it's possible to do nathan for you schtick without being cruel.

Philip Nunez, Monday, 5 November 2018 18:07 (one year ago) link

Watching a terrible knockoff is useful in appreciating all the subtle things Nathan's show does so well. Apart from the absurdism, the awkward tension and editing that makes it so hilarious is there even in brief clips.

dinnerboat, Monday, 5 November 2018 18:29 (one year ago) link

definitely. i was watching the Smokers Allowed episode last night, and really appreciated one of the edits from the audition/casting scenes where the actor was kept walking toward the door even as nathan was telling him he got the part

Karl Malone, Monday, 5 November 2018 18:42 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

Amazon Flex allowed this woman to lose 100 lbs in 18 months by creating a workout while delivery packages.

— Amazon News (@amazonnews) December 3, 2018

maura, Monday, 3 December 2018 21:27 (one year ago) link

Nathan Fielder's show is going to be studied in business schools seriously within 10 years

maura, Monday, 3 December 2018 21:27 (one year ago) link

for the conspiracy theorists out there: adult swim recently rescreened the final two part episode for (what I believe is) the first time since it originally aired. It was on at 3am on Saturday and Sunday. The entire endgame sequence, starting from the moment Nathan and Bill drive to Francis' house up until the scene where Bill gives Nathan the serving dish, was missing. That means the phone call in the car to Francis was cut. Wondering if this wasn't necessitated by a lawsuit and if the unexpurgated version is likely to be shown on television ever again.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 14:40 (one year ago) link

I thought things were dirty last time, but this time it's...filthy

frogbs, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 15:08 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Wow, thank you

— nathan fielder (@nathanfielder) January 17, 2019

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 17 January 2019 19:33 (one year ago) link


Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 17 January 2019 19:34 (one year ago) link

Oh my gosh. So embarrassing lol

— nathan fielder (@nathanfielder) January 22, 2019

omar little, Tuesday, 22 January 2019 19:29 (one year ago) link

kinda awesome that the "Claw of Shame" opening clip is just going viral now

frogbs, Thursday, 24 January 2019 22:11 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

Nathan Fielder has signed a one year overall deal at HBO, Variety has learned exclusively.

Under the deal, Fielder will serve as executive producer on”How To…With John Wilson,” which has been ordered to series at HBO, and an untitled comedy pilot in which Fielder will star as well as write and direct.

Number None, Monday, 12 August 2019 19:28 (one year ago) link

hell yeah

maura, Monday, 12 August 2019 20:01 (one year ago) link

hope nathan for you is still on tho!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 12 August 2019 20:09 (one year ago) link

the John Wilson shorts can be seen here for now

Simon H., Monday, 12 August 2019 20:17 (one year ago) link

that first one is great

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 12 August 2019 20:26 (one year ago) link

hope nathan for you is still on tho!

I doubt it, or at least not for some time. I can see a one-off special in a few years maybe

Number None, Monday, 12 August 2019 20:36 (one year ago) link

I think he said NFY was basically over in an interview

I remember something about how S3 & S4 struggled a bit with finding people who didn't recognize what kind of show it was - he's not exactly a household name but the show's popularity sorta worked against it. plus it was apparently a very difficult show to film, because you couldn't go out of order and you just had so much footage

I'll miss it but I'm excited for whatever's next, hopefully it won't be as uncomfortable to watch

frogbs, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 21:40 (one year ago) link

why deny him his strongest comedic asset?

more awkwardness, please

untuned mass damper (mh), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 21:43 (one year ago) link

I imagine it was quite taxing to produce; intrigued to see what he has coming up.

Simon H., Tuesday, 13 August 2019 21:45 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 7 October 2019 15:26 (eleven months ago) link

it is so weird watching him try to act

frogbs, Monday, 7 October 2019 15:33 (eleven months 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 (six months ago) link

six months pass...

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

thought the bump was gonna be for this

frogbs, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 16:43 (three days ago) link

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