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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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

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

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

otm this show is incredibly consistent

een, Wednesday, 30 July 2014 15:25 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

well besides the Bill Gates impersonator

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

"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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

go ahead. make vid where u rap about this new TMNT movie. (forksclovetofu), Friday, 8 August 2014 21:09 (three years ago) Permalink

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

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

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

hug niceman (psychgawsple), Friday, 8 August 2014 21:28 (three years ago) Permalink

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

Number None, Saturday, 9 August 2014 00:32 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

but that didn't actually happen

Number None, Saturday, 9 August 2014 00:55 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

i always hear flava flav myself

een, Saturday, 9 August 2014 03:48 (three years ago) Permalink

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

slam dunk, Sunday, 10 August 2014 03:23 (three years ago) Permalink

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

Spectrum, Sunday, 10 August 2014 03:30 (three years ago) Permalink

he has weird hair

del griffith, Sunday, 10 August 2014 04:56 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

een, Wednesday, 13 August 2014 22:11 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

"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 (three years ago) Permalink

dumb Starbucks did not disappoint

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

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

I am not at liberty to discuss anything related to the show AT ALL.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 13 November 2017 22:24 (five months ago) Permalink

she is real escort though. She's just not from anywhere near Little Rock

Number None, Monday, 13 November 2017 22:29 (five months ago) Permalink

she signed an NDA means what to you? that her reactions weren't authentic? That they were scripted? that she didnt behave like a normal person would in that scenario?

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Monday, 13 November 2017 22:35 (five months ago) Permalink

No, just that there's anything secretive for her to reveal at all beyond what we see on the show. I mean, all those things you said could be right. Who knows?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 13 November 2017 22:38 (five months ago) Permalink

the real interesting thing about Maci is that she's one of the few people who have appeared on the show who explicitly knows what kind of show it is

Number None, Monday, 13 November 2017 22:38 (five months ago) Permalink

Right. It just adds another layer to it all.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 13 November 2017 22:39 (five months ago) Permalink

Nathan is a liar and is playing a role, so is his "relationship" with Maci "real?" Maci is an escort, who lies for a living to make people feel good. She knows Nathan is a liar, because ... he told the truth. And yet she participates anyway. It's all kind of fascinating.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 13 November 2017 22:40 (five months ago) Permalink

idk if you remember the "pig rescues goat" episode but Nathan's NDAs are no joke

frogbs, Monday, 13 November 2017 22:45 (five months ago) Permalink

Haven't seen this yet, but some of this talk sounds familiar.

https://i.imgur.com/Q4c39Rc.jpg

that one was fake, though - she's been an actress since the early 90's

frogbs, Monday, 13 November 2017 22:46 (five months ago) Permalink

Because escorting is only a quasi-legal profession, and many escorts won't even show their faces in their own advertising. There's no guarantee that they'd be able to find a real escort in the Little Rock, AR area ready to be identified as such on national TV. I guess they lucked out with Maci, but the alternative is not at all implausible.

― JRN, Monday, November 13, 2017 4:00 PM (forty-four minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

it s not at all implausible that an escort might consider 'being on television' a huge boost to her business

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Monday, 13 November 2017 22:49 (five months ago) Permalink

Did you read her letter?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 13 November 2017 22:56 (five months ago) Permalink

The concluding episode of Nathan For You (season 4) is unfathomably great. (Now, I'm going to business school.)

— errolmorris (@errolmorris) November 13, 2017

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 13 November 2017 23:06 (five months ago) Permalink

it s not at all implausible that an escort might consider 'being on television' a huge boost to her business

― Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Monday, November 13, 2017 4:49 PM (thirty-nine minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

That's true, and consistent what I've said. The calculation could plausibly go either way.

JRN, Monday, 13 November 2017 23:33 (five months ago) Permalink

oh man, just finished the finale. i thought it was fantastic.

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 06:33 (five months ago) Permalink

Did you read her letter?

― Josh in Chicago, Monday, November 13, 2017 4:56 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah, how does that contradict anything?

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 07:28 (five months ago) Permalink

recently discovered jon benjamin has a van (feat our very own nathan fielder) and wow, so so brilliant. can see where nathan got his layer upon layer upon layer ideas from. i know nothing about us tv commissioning but how the hell didn't this get more than one series?

NI, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 21:28 (five months ago) Permalink

just guessing: it probably didn't pull enough viewers / advertisers.

davey, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 22:00 (five months ago) Permalink

Did you read her letter?

yeah, how does that contradict anything?

Because it seems all the show-related stuff has either complicated her life for the worse or is something she can't exploit for personal gain. She's not talking about the show, she doesn't want people linking to her site (which is what drives her business), emails and phone calls are "bogging her down," "Any mention of the show will put you on my do not see list," and so on. I mean, I don't know what she was expecting, but all those things seem to be signs of a business boost, but that's apparently not what she wants. Or wanted.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 22:07 (five months ago) Permalink

nathan had an entire book written and distributed on amazon for a goof. "but they're posting her website on reddit" is an interesting burden of proof. it hardly matters either way; as with kaufman, there's no benefit in seeing behind the curtain here.

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 22:17 (five months ago) Permalink

I've never argued that. But I have argued that the confusion of truth and fiction is what makes this show compelling, at least to me. A lot more than a more conventional clown like Sasha Baron Cohen.

Anyway, I didn't specify reddit or whatever. I just quoted the escort herself, who seems to be somewhat bristling at the attention, which does not seem like the actions of someone who did something for the extra attention/business.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 22:20 (five months ago) Permalink

The anecdote episode perfectly underscores the balance. It's a guy playing a neo-fictional character who fakes an elaborate anecdote to make his story "true," providing a burden of proof that no one expects from a celebrity interview in the first place.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 22:22 (five months ago) Permalink

Because it seems all the show-related stuff has either complicated her life for the worse or is something she can't exploit for personal gain. She's not talking about the show, she doesn't want people linking to her site (which is what drives her business), emails and phone calls are "bogging her down," "Any mention of the show will put you on my do not see list," and so on. I mean, I don't know what she was expecting, but all those things seem to be signs of a business boost, but that's apparently not what she wants. Or wanted.

― Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, November 14, 2017 4:07 PM (twenty-seven minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

and this relates to why she agreed to do the show in the first place, before any of that happened, because...?

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 22:35 (five months ago) Permalink

a better example of the kind of pulling at the scenery you guys are doing that annoys me would be if you just outright said you didn't think the workout dude ever went on daytime TV. it just feels like missing the forest for the trees as a form of critique

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 22:36 (five months ago) Permalink

Well, if everything was an outright fiction it would be a conventional TV show or movie, like the terrible "Ali G Indahouse."

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 23:06 (five months ago) Permalink

So I guess I'm to understand Twin Peaks: S3E8 has some new competition in the "TV episodes cinephiles are going to slip into their year-end top 10 movie lists" derby?

Anne of the Thousand Gays (Eric H.), Wednesday, 15 November 2017 14:44 (five months ago) Permalink

Yep, though it works best if you've seen the rest of the series

Simon H., Wednesday, 15 November 2017 14:52 (five months ago) Permalink

I still think about this a lot, the idea that so much time and effort was spent trying to give an old man some closure and it just resulted in a awkward phone call w/ someone who didn't really even remember who he was

frogbs, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 15:52 (five months ago) Permalink

Thanks Josh for throwing me down a NFY rabbit hole because of that article. The first of season 4, the Michael Richards one, really is the best. So many steps and twists and turns.

I honestly don't think he could do a season 5, but I'd be happy proven wrong. Seriously though, after the last finale, where can he go, what can he do next with this?

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 19 November 2017 02:10 (five months ago) Permalink

Eradicate malaria in order to "prove" Bill Gates impersonator is really Bill Gates.

Philip Nunez, Sunday, 19 November 2017 06:25 (five months ago) Permalink

I honestly don't think he could do a season 5, but I'd be happy proven wrong. Seriously though, after the last finale, where can he go, what can he do next with this?


If anything this show has shown that you can find a premise anywhere and surprises will spring from them and they’ll splinter out into countless possibilities. I️ know he’s always trying to one up himself with the finales, but he could do this show almost indefinitely until he gets recognizable I️ think.

circa1916, Sunday, 19 November 2017 06:57 (five months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Wow. Errol Morris wrote about Finding Frances for The New Yorker https://t.co/hv3u5WgDw2

— nathan fielder (@nathanfielder) December 5, 2017

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 19:16 (four months ago) Permalink

Was just coming here to post this. Just watched the finale last week. So so good.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Tuesday, 5 December 2017 19:43 (four months ago) Permalink

I want a show entirely about the age progression artist who just dropped in the whole "we're all going to live in space thing".

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Tuesday, 5 December 2017 19:51 (four months ago) Permalink

did you see the other NFY episode he was in?

frogbs, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 20:10 (four months ago) Permalink

I think I've seen most of them but I don't remember him! Which was it?

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Tuesday, 5 December 2017 20:13 (four months ago) Permalink

the one where they tried to sign a bunch of child athletes as sponsors for a sporting goods store. he brings that guy in to "age progress" the kids by just pasting their faces over stock models

pic.twitter.com/DF8U7Kn92T

— no context nathan (@NathanForYouOoC) December 1, 2017

frogbs, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 20:18 (four months ago) Permalink

"Who did this?"

"Cornelius Ladd"

Number None, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 13:30 (four months ago) Permalink

^ my favorite part of this episode

Hadrian VIII, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 17:24 (four months ago) Permalink

this paragraph makes me dizzy

Before the finale, Bill Heath appeared in an earlier episode, called “Souvenir Shop,” in which Fielder organizes an elaborate hoax to bring business to a Los Angeles souvenir shop by hiring celebrity impersonators to appear in the store. His first hire, a Johnny Depp impersonator, doesn’t really look like Johnny Depp, so Fielder hires a second impersonator who looks even less like Johnny Depp, thinking that the presence of the not-so-good Johnny Depp impersonator would make the first one look better. Fielder calls in Bill Heath, a self-advertised Bill Gates impersonator, because the Johnny Depp impersonators’ schedules are too busy for regular employment. But, by the end of “Finding Frances,” we learn that Bill Heath was never really a Bill Gates impersonator at all. He merely impersonated a Bill Gates impersonator in order to get the job on “Nathan for You.”

frogbs, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 18:46 (four months ago) Permalink

3. the wire
2. the sopranos
1. this two-minute clip of nathan for you pic.twitter.com/OeOY3U9UOv

— bobby 👖 (@bobby) November 19, 2017

Karl Malone, Friday, 8 December 2017 23:58 (four months ago) Permalink

Just finished Finding Frances and it was everything it was billed to be. Bravo

fuiud, mac (rip van wanko), Saturday, 9 December 2017 03:19 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Oh my god, the chilli suit with the poo tube coming out next to the chilli dispensor.

chap, Thursday, 1 February 2018 17:25 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

pic.twitter.com/Z5jmRLhCtK

— nathan fielder (@nathanfielder) February 1, 2018

maura, Thursday, 1 March 2018 21:47 (one month ago) Permalink

explains the flamethrowers

maura, Thursday, 1 March 2018 21:48 (one month ago) Permalink

Elon needed an idea guy of course

Evan, Thursday, 1 March 2018 21:51 (one month ago) Permalink

nathan noooo

Simon H., Thursday, 1 March 2018 21:52 (one month ago) Permalink

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

Evan, Thursday, 1 March 2018 21:53 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink


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