Here’s some Nate Bargatze for you.
I first came across Nate Bargatze when he appeared at the Ryman in Nashville during one of Chris Thile’s Live from Here shows (the show formerly known as A Prairie Home Companion). (I confess that I do not miss A Prairie Home Companion.) (Life is enough of a slog already!)
Nate was very funny at the Ryman, and now he’s got a new Netflix special, The Tennessee Kid. And a TV show in the works. SO PROUD.
He’s a fellow Nashvillian—an Old Hickorian, actually, which puts him about fifteen miles east of Nashville. To be clear, I have not met Nate, did not go to school with Nate, am not related to Nate. I like to think that the metropolitan Nashville region is big enough that I don’t know every single person who lives here. But I do refer to him by his first name as if I know the guy.
The Los Angeles Times just put The Tennessee Kid in their category of Underrated: “It’s a strange alchemy that makes a person funny. At the intersection of calm confidence and a delivery so deadpan there seems no awareness anything being said is funny lies comic Nate Bargatze, whose latest Netflix special is a killer.”
And here’s where you’ll find The Tennessee Kid—assuming you’re a Netflix subscriber. Trying not to assume anything these days. Maybe you Hulu. Maybe you watch TV on your PlayStation. Maybe that red Netflix logo is just too red. I do not judge—I mean, I don’t watch Starz because there’s a Z on there, everybody’s got something they don’t like.
I’m just putting this out there in the hope that somewhere, somebody will fire up some Nate Bargatze and keep one nostril above the muck for one more day.
Knit on y’all! Vote in MDK March Mayhem—this is the grand finale, the final round. A Champion will emerge on Tuesday.
PS Up top is one of the few times that Nashville’s Vanderbilt University has been the subject of a comedy routine. SO PROUD.