Nathan Barnatt

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Nathan Barnatt
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Barnatt in 2010
Born
Nathan James Barnatt

(1981-02-02) February 2, 1981 (age 38)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
OccupationActor, comedian, dancer, filmmaker, stunt performer, musician
Years active2007–present
Height6 ft (183 cm)
Websitenathanbarnatt.com

Nathan James Barnatt (born February 2, 1981) is an American actor, comedian, dancer, and filmmaker.[1]

Career[edit]

Barnatt appeared on Comedy Central's The Gong Show with Dave Attell in 2008, on Comedy Central's Ghosts/Aliens pilot in 2009, and on This Show Will Get You High in 2010. In 2012, Barnatt developed a show with Adult Swim based on his Keith Apicary character called Youth Large. The Youth Large pilot was written by Barnatt, his brother Seth, and Paul Cummings (who is also the director). However, Adult Swim passed on the pilot but it was released online in August 2014. Since then Barnatt has sold shows to television networks Nickelodeon, Amazon, Comedy Central, Fox and Viceland.

Barnatt is a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in Hollywood California. He is also an amateur dancer, as displayed in his videos including a Kimberly Cole audition session.[2] Because of his dancing and physical comedy skills, he was set to be the lead dancing clown for Michael Jackson's canceled This Is It concerts before dropping out to work on a Comedy Central pilot.

His popularity in the Kimberly Cole audition video has led him to appear in the music video for Kimberly Cole's "U Make Me Wanna" in his Keith Apicary character.[3] Barnatt also appeared in character in a music video for "Let It Roll" by Flo Rida.[4] He appears in character in the music video for "Freestyle" by country music group Lady Antebellum.[5]

In 2012, Barnatt was featured on the front cover of LA Weekly magazine, covering his success on YouTube.[6] In 2013, Barnatt provided voice work on the Animation Domination show High School USA! as one of the main characters, Lamort Blackstein.

In 2015, Barnatt played a police officer in the music video for "Sugar" by Robin Schulz. He was also featured as a dancer in the music video for "Pop Culture" by Madeon.[7]

In June 2016, Barnatt appeared as a guest on the Let's Play webseries Game Grumps.[8] And in November 2016, Barnatt appeared in an episode of James & Mike Mondays,[9] alongside his good friend James Rolfe, whom he worked with on Rolfe's 2014 film Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie. On December 20, 2016, he again appeared as his character Keith Apicary in a Christmas episode of the Angry Video Game Nerd episode where he dresses up as Will Ferrell's Elf in order to secure Santa's gifts, and he and the Nerd play a variety of games with different Sega Genesis accessories while destroying the set in a slapstick fashion. He also appears in a short film by James Rolfe (a.k.a. Angry Video Game Nerd) called "The Fuckernauts vs. the Astro Bastards" as one of two Fuckernauts alongside Rolfe playing the other one.

In July 2018, Barnatt played a fast-talking salesman trying to sell a faceless customer a copy of a fictional game called Finger GunZ, however the customer is repeatedly drawn to the gameplay of Sonic Mania Plus. Deliberately edited to look and sound like a 1990s commercial, the customer talks about all the features of Sonic Mania Plus and its low price while Barnatt repeatedly tries to sell Finger GunZ with comments taking direct jabs at the games industry.[10]

In 2019, Barnatt created a YouTube channel called Dad,[11] an ARG which follows the story of a middle aged man known as Dad.

In August 2019, Barnatt appeared as a guest on an episode of Rental Reviews in which they reviewed the 1971 film Duel, and appeared again in September 2019, this time reviewing the 1982 film First Blood both as himself and Keith Apicary.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Scream Queens Nerdy Stripper / Mime 2 episodes
2011 Happy Endings Roger Episode: "Mein Coming Out"
Auction Hunters Ms. Pac-Man expert Episode: "Labor of Love"
Community Basketball player Episode: "Documentary Filmmaking: Redux"
2012 Animation Domination High-Def Keith Apicary Episode: "Obama Fire Sale" (voice)
2013 Axe Cop Episode: "Ask Axe Cop: President" (voice)
Youth Large Pilot
2013–2015 High School USA! Lamort Blackstein Main cast (voice)
2014–2017 Kirby Buckets Gil Recurring
2015 Documentary Now! Sign Spinner Episode: "The Eye Doesn't Lie"
2016 Party Over Here Various Episode: "Suffragettes"
Time Traveling Bong Clyde Episode: "Chapter 2: The Middle"
Swedish Dicks Bob Episode: "Episode 4"
2016–present Adam Ruins Everything Various 5 episodes
2017 Making History Cameraman Episode: "The Godfriender"
Lucifer Buster Episode: "My Brother's Keeper"
2018 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Boss Episode: "Time's Up for the Gang"
New Warriors Tased Man TV Pilot
Short film
Year Title Role Notes
2017 Neutral Tom Weaver Also director, writer, editor and co-producer.
Music videos
Year Title Role Notes
2011 "Pop Culture" Himself Madeon
2012 "Let It Roll (Keith Apicary video)" Keith Apicary Flo Rida
2015 "Sugar" Cop Robin Schulz ft. Francesco Yates
2016 "Ici & Maintenant"[12] Yelle
2017 "Summer" Cameo Marshmello
2017 "Paradise" Laidback Luke

Keith Apicary Discography[edit]

  • Neo Geo: Four Bright Buttons and Two Joysticks (a.k.a. Neo Geo or Four Bright Buttons and Two Joysticks)
  • Classic Gaming Wiz
  • Sonic the Hedgesong
  • Virtual Boy Song
  • Brental-Loss
  • Dreamcast 2 (first excerpt featured in the Talking Classics episode "Keith Dreams of Dreamcast")
  • Skittles Song
  • T.M.N.T.S.O.N.G.
  • Say Gah
  • Keith of Rage
  • Hoke Hogan
  • Koopa Bounce
  • WWKeith
  • Can't Go Home (feat. Andrew W.K.) (a.k.a. Keith Apicary is Not Tough Enough?)
  • Keith Apicary VS The Social Outcasts

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alimurung, Gendy (June 27, 2012). "Nathan Barnatt Never Grew Up". LA Weekly.
  2. ^ "Kimberly Cole Music Video Audition". Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  3. ^ YouTube Archived July 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ The Warner Sound (20 June 2012). "Flo Rida - Let It Roll (Keith Apicary video)" – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "Lady Antebellum Release Free-Spirited Video for 'Freestyle'". Taste of Country.
  6. ^ Alimurung, Gendy (July 10, 2012). "Nathan Barnatt Made a Video About Being on the Cover of L.A. Weekly". LA Weekly.
  7. ^ "Madeon - Pop Culture (Dance Video)".
  8. ^ GameGrumps (4 June 2016). "WWF WrestleMania - Grumpcade (Ft. Nathan Barnatt)" – via YouTube.
  9. ^ Cinemassacre (7 November 2016). "WWF Super WrestleMania (Sega Genesis) James & Mike Mondays" – via YouTube.
  10. ^ Sonic the Hedgehog (16 July 2018). "Sonic Mania Plus Infomercial" – via YouTube.
  11. ^ "Dad".
  12. ^ Rodriguez, Krystal (2016-12-23). "YELLE's New "Ici & Maintenant (Here & Now)" Video is About Seizing the Moment". Vice. Retrieved 2017-11-06.

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