Fielder at the Summit Ice pop-up store in Vancouver on March 26, 2017
May 12, 1983 |
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
|Medium||Stand up, television, film|
|Alma mater||University of Victoria|
|Genres||Alternative comedy, improvisational comedy, deadpan, cringe comedy, character comedy|
Fielder was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to a Jewish family. His parents, Eric and Deb, were social workers. He attended Point Grey Secondary School, where he was a member of the school's improv comedy group, which also included comedian Seth Rogen. Fielder worked as a magician during his teenage years and is a member of The Magic Castle in Los Angeles.
Fielder studied business at the University of Victoria, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2005. After university, Fielder moved to Toronto and enrolled in a comedy program at Humber College in 2006. He worked briefly for a brokerage firm, before quitting to start his comedy career.
After receiving the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award in 2006, Fielder worked as an interviewer on Canadian Idol, where he was noticed by Michael Donovan, an executive producer for the CBC comedy series This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Donovan hired Fielder as a field correspondent, and developed his popular recurring segment, "Nathan on Your Side". In 2010, Fielder wrote and directed a number of sketches for Season 2 of Important Things with Demetri Martin on Comedy Central. He was also featured as a guest voice actor on the Season 2 finale of Bob's Burgers, Beefsquatch, as well as the Season 6 episode, "The Land Ship." Fielder played the role of Jon Benjamin's boom operator in the 2011 television series Jon Benjamin Has a Van, and played Bob Woodward in the "Washington, DC" episode of Comedy Central's Drunk History. Fielder has also guest-starred on the Adult Swim show Rick and Morty. He appears in the 2015 film The Night Before, and in the 2017 movie, The Disaster Artist. Fielder also has a YouTube channel, mainly comprising short sketches involving him and his friends.
Nathan For You
In 2013, Fielder created in his own show on Comedy Central, Nathan for You. The show, which he writes, directs, and stars in, is based on the "Nathan On Your Side" segments that he did for This Hour Has 22 Minutes. The show's premise features Fielder, playing a persona loosely based on himself, providing advice for local small businesses.
In November, 2017, the show wrapped up its fourth season.
Summit Ice Apparel
Fielder started a not-for-profit company called "Summit Ice Apparel" in 2015 after learning that the Vancouver-based company Taiga posted a tribute to Holocaust denier Doug Collins. He decided to start his own company and produce soft shell jackets. This endeavor was shown during Season 3 of Nathan for You. 100% of Summit Ice Apparel's profits go to the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in Vancouver, Canada. The company had close to $500,000 in sales in the first six months.
In September 2017, Fielder opened up a pop-up shop in Vancouver, Canada where members of the public could buy Summit Ice Apparel or exchange their Taiga jacket for a Summit Ice jacket. Fielder himself worked the register. A film crew was also on-site.
Dumb Starbucks Coffee
On February 7, 2014, a coffee shop called "Dumb Starbucks Coffee" opened in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The shop stated that they were operating as a parody of the global coffee company and coffeehouse chain Starbucks and utilized the chain's siren logo and name in their signage, cups, and other materials. The shop mocked items considered to be standard to many Starbucks locations such as Norah Jones CDs and drinks by using the term "dumb" in front of the names, such as "Dumb Norah Jones Duets" and "Dumb Iced Vanilla Latte". Beverages and pastries were distributed free of charge. A few days later, Starbucks announced that they were not affiliated with the shop and that they were "evaluating [their] next steps" due to the shop deliberately attempting to mimic the look of a traditional Starbucks location.
The identity of the person behind the shop was not released initially, and various artists and comedians such as Banksy and Tim & Eric were theorized to be involved with the prank, as their production company Abso Lutely Productions had applied for a filming permit at the Dumb Starbucks Coffee location. On February 10, 2014, the shop was closed by the Los Angeles County Health Department for not having the permits required to operate a coffee shop. Shortly thereafter, Fielder announced that he was behind the parody and the Los Angeles Times noted the prank's similarity to other skits performed on Fielder's show Nathan for You.
Fielder was briefly married to a children's librarian; they divorced in 2014.
|2010||Kelly 5-9||Director||Short film|
|2011||Way Up There||Short film
|2012||Buyer's Market||Short film
|2013||The Web||Manager||Short film
Writer, director, producer
|2015||The Night Before||Joshua|
|2017||The Disaster Artist||Kyle Vogt|
|2007||Canadian Idol||Segment producer, writer|
|2008–2009||This Hour Has 22 Minutes||Nathan||9 episodes|
|2011||Important Things with Demetri Martin||Characters||Segment director|
|2011||Jon Benjamin Has a Van||Nathan||10 episodes
|2011||Nick Swardson's Pretend Time||Dan Hyannis||Episode: "Legalize Meth"|
|2013–2014||Drunk History||Bob Woodward||2 episodes|
|2013–2015||Kroll Show||Tommy Rothchild
|2013–present||Nathan for You||Nathan Fielder||24 episodes
Creator, writer, director, executive producer
|2014||The League||Evan||Episode: "When Rafi Met Randy"|
|2015||The Simpsons||Doug Blattner||Voice
Episode: "Sky Police"
|2015||Childrens Hospital||Matthew Hauser||Episode: "Sperm Bank Heist"|
|2015||Rick and Morty||Kyle||Voice
Episode: "The Ricks Must Be Crazy"
|2015||The Grinder||Officer Collins||Episode: "Buckingham Malice"|
|2016||Animals.||DJ Lab Rat||Voice
|2016||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Himself||Episode: "Nathan Fielder Wears a Blue and Grey Flannel and Jeans"|
|2016||Transparent||Seth||Episode: "When the Battle Is Over"|
|2017||Tour de Pharmacy||Stu Ruckman||TV movie|
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