Nathan Fielder

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Nathan Fielder
Nathan Fielder.jpg
Fielder at the Summit Ice pop-up store in Vancouver on March 26, 2017
Born (1983-05-12) May 12, 1983 (age 34)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Medium Stand up, television, film
Alma mater University of Victoria
Years active 2006–present
Genres Alternative comedy, improvisational comedy, deadpan, cringe comedy, character comedy
Website NathanFielder.com

Nathan Joseph Fielder (born May 12, 1983)[1] is a Canadian writer and comedian. He is best known for creating and starring in the Comedy Central show Nathan for You.

Early life[edit]

Fielder was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to a Jewish family.[2] His parents, Eric and Deb, were social workers.[3] 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.[4]

Fielder studied business at the University of Victoria, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2005.[3][5] After university, Fielder moved to Toronto and enrolled in a comedy program at Humber College in 2006.[6][7] He worked briefly for a brokerage firm, before quitting to start his comedy career.[8]

Career[edit]

After receiving the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award in 2006,[9] 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".[10] In 2010, Fielder wrote and directed a number of sketches for Season 2 of Important Things with Demetri Martin on Comedy Central.[11] 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."[11] Fielder played the role of Jon Benjamin's boom operator in the 2011 television series Jon Benjamin Has a Van,[11] and played Bob Woodward in the "Washington, DC" episode of Comedy Central's Drunk History.[12] 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.[13]

Nathan For You[edit]

In 2013, Fielder created in his own show on Comedy Central, Nathan for You.[5] 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.[5] The show's premise features Fielder, playing a persona loosely based on himself, providing advice for local small businesses.[3][14]

In November, 2017, the show wrapped up its fourth season.

Other ventures[edit]

Summit Ice Apparel[edit]

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.[15] The company had close to $500,000 in sales in the first six months.[16]

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.[17][18]

Dumb Starbucks Coffee[edit]

On February 7, 2014, a coffee shop called "Dumb Starbucks Coffee" opened in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.[19] 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.[20] 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".[20] Beverages and pastries were distributed free of charge.[19] 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.[21]

The identity of the person behind the shop was not released initially, and various artists and comedians such as Banksy[22] and Tim & Eric were theorized to be involved with the prank,[23] as their production company Abso Lutely Productions had applied for a filming permit at the Dumb Starbucks Coffee location.[24] 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.[25] 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.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Fielder was briefly married to a children's librarian; they divorced in 2014.[27]

Fielder is listed as a female on his Green card.[28][29]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Morris Short film
Writer, director
2010 Kelly 5-9 Director Short film
2011 Way Up There Short film
Writer, co-director
2012 Buyer's Market Short film
Director
2013 The Web Manager Short film
Writer, director, producer
2015 The Night Before Joshua
2017 The Disaster Artist Kyle Vogt

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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
Consultant writer
2011 Nick Swardson's Pretend Time Dan Hyannis Episode: "Legalize Meth"
2012–2015 Bob's Burgers Jordan
Nathan
Voice
2 episodes
2013–2014 Drunk History Bob Woodward 2 episodes
2013–2015 Kroll Show Tommy Rothchild
Douglas Dubois
Gil
3 episodes
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
Episode: "Rats"
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (February 28, 2013). "'Nathan for You' show the scapegoat for news hoax". New York Times Wire Service. 
  2. ^ "Comedian Nathan Fielder Creates Outerwear Company to Promote Holocaust Awareness". The Forward. Retrieved 2017-12-07. 
  3. ^ a b c Weiner, Jonah (June 12, 2014). "Nathan Fielder's Ingenious Dumb Humor". The New York Times Magazine. 
  4. ^ "Kyle Mooney Talks to Nathan Fielder About Nathan for You, Kitchen Nightmares, and Magic". Vulture. 2015-10-15. Retrieved 2017-09-20. 
  5. ^ a b c Semley, John. "Nathan Fielder, still on your side". Now Toronto. Archived from the original on July 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Cringe Benefits: Nathan Fielder's brand of gonzo comedy is surreal, squirm-inducing and surprisingly human". Toronto Life. 2015-07-14. Retrieved 2017-10-05. 
  7. ^ "The next big thing in comedy? It just might be this deadpan B.C. business grad". The Globe and Mail. 2013-03-08. Retrieved 2017-10-26. 
  8. ^ "Q&A: Nathan For You isn't exactly a dream come true for Nathan Fielder". National Post. 2013-04-04. Retrieved 2017-09-18. 
  9. ^ "Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award - Past Recipients" (PDF). 
  10. ^ Powell, Mike (2014-06-25). "Nathan Fielder's Awkward Moment". Grantland. Retrieved 2017-12-08. 
  11. ^ a b c "Nathan Fielder biography". 
  12. ^ "Washington D.C". 9 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "nathanfielder". YouTube. Retrieved 2017-09-22. 
  14. ^ "The Understated, Absurd Comedy of 'Nathan for You'". Splitsider. 2013-04-09. Retrieved 2017-12-08. 
  15. ^ "Home". Summit Ice Apparel. Retrieved 2017-09-18. 
  16. ^ "15 Things We Learned Hanging Out With Nathan Fielder". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-09-19. 
  17. ^ "I Went to Nathan Fielder's Holocaust Awareness Outdoor Apparel Sale". Vice. Retrieved 2017-09-18. 
  18. ^ "News". Summit Ice Apparel. Retrieved 2017-09-20. 
  19. ^ a b Moran, Lee (February 10, 2014). "'Dumb Starbucks Coffee' pop-up shop opens in Los Angeles". NYDN. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  20. ^ a b Erik Hayden, Brandon Kirby. "'Dumb Starbucks' Shop Appears in L.A.'s Los Feliz". THR. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  21. ^ Lee, Jolie. "Starbucks responds to Dumb Starbucks in L.A". USA Today. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  22. ^ Prince, S.J. (10 February 2014). "Is Dumb Starbucks Banksy? 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". 
  23. ^ Teti, John. "Tim & Eric might be the ones behind a "Dumb Starbucks" coffee shop in L.A". AV Club. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  24. ^ PRITCHARD, JUSTIN. "'Dumb Starbucks' in Los Angeles tied to comedy duo". Yahoo News. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  25. ^ KOONSE, EMMA. "'Dumb Starbucks' Coffee Shop Shut Down by Health Officials". Christian Post. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  26. ^ Tatusian, Tenny. "Comedy Central's Nathan Fielder is behind Dumb Starbucks". LAT. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  27. ^ Greene, Andy (September 7, 2017). "Nathan Fielder: How The Cult Comedian Rules the Outer Limits of Awkward". Rolling Stone Magazine. 
  28. ^ "Nathan Fielder Shows David Letterman His Green Card". Splitsider. 2014-07-17. Retrieved 2017-09-20. 
  29. ^ "Nathan Fielder's Green Card". 

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