Report from the Young Generation.
Over the holidays, I sat with my fellas (who are now 18 and 21, good grief) to watch a few episodes of Comedy Central’s series Nathan for You.
It is many things at once: hilarious/disturbing, delightful/cringe inducing, smart/stupid. If you’re a fan of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (and I know you are, because you’ve Lazy Sundayed it), you have a lot of fun ahead.
As Wikipedia (a frequent research source for Nathan) puts it:
The series centers on Nathan Fielder, portrayed by his real-life namesake, a business school graduate and consultant whose aim is to help struggling businesses. His marketing proposals are often outlandish and elaborate. One of the show’s long-running story arcs concern Fielder and his social awkwardness. Throughout episodes, his confidence is eroded as his ideas fail. In the show’s first season, Fielder is unaware people do not enjoy his company. The character is based in Fielder’s real life, and his own struggles with social anxiety; he has noted that he did not want the character to “feel like a comedy character” but one that delivers the “most authentic moments from myself.”
Some of the episodes are in just unbelievably bad taste. So funny. The clip up top is from “The Ghost Realtor”: Nathan helps a real estate agent brand herself as a realtor whose listings are “100% ghost and demon free.”