Nathan Fielder

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Nathan Fielder
Nathan Fielder.jpg
Fielder in March 2017
Birth nameNathan Joseph Fielder
Born (1983-05-12) May 12, 1983 (age 39)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Medium
  • Stand-up
  • television
  • film
Years active2006–present
Genres
Websitenathanfielder.com

Nathan Joseph Fielder (born May 12, 1983) is a Canadian comedian, actor, writer, director, producer, and entrepreneur. He is best known for co-creating, directing, and starring in the Comedy Central parody reality show Nathan for You (2013–2017), and executive producing How To with John Wilson (2020–present).

Early life[edit]

Nathan Joseph Fielder was born into a Jewish family[1] in Vancouver[2] on May 12, 1983,[3] the son of social workers Deb and Eric Fielder.[4] He attended Point Grey Secondary School, where he was a member of the school's improv comedy group, which also included comedian Seth Rogen. He worked as a magician during his teenage years and is a member of The Magic Castle.[5] He studied business at the University of Victoria, where he graduated with a BComm in 2005.[4][6] After university, he moved to Toronto and enrolled in Humber College's Comedy Program in 2006.[7][8] He worked briefly for a brokerage firm before quitting to start his comedy career.[9]

Career[edit]

After receiving the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award in 2006,[10] Fielder worked as a writer 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".[11] In 2010, Fielder wrote and directed a number of sketches for Season 2 of Important Things with Demetri Martin on Comedy Central.[12] 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".[12] Fielder played the role of Jon Benjamin's boom operator in the 2011 television series Jon Benjamin Has a Van,[12] and played Bob Woodward in the "Washington, DC" episode of Comedy Central's Drunk History.[13] Fielder has also guest-starred on the Adult Swim show Rick and Morty. He appeared in the 2015 film The Night Before and the 2017 biopic The Disaster Artist. Fielder also has a YouTube channel, mainly comprising short sketches involving him and his friends.[14]

In 2013, Fielder co-created his own show on Comedy Central called Nathan for You.[6] 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.[6] The show's premise features Fielder, playing a persona loosely based on himself, providing advice for local small businesses.[4][15] In November 2017, the show finished its fourth and final season.[16]

Summit Ice pop-up store in 2017

On the morning of February 7, 2014, a coffee shop called Dumb Starbucks Coffee opened in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.[17] 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 in their signage, cups, and other materials.[18] The shop mocked items standard to most 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".[18] Beverages and pastries were distributed free of charge.[17] 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 legitimate Starbucks location.[19]

The identity of the person behind the shop was not released initially, and various artists and comedians such as Banksy[20] and Tim & Eric were theorized to be involved with the prank,[21] as their production company Abso Lutely Productions had applied for a filming permit at the Dumb Starbucks Coffee location.[22] 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.[23] 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.[24]

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.[25] The company had close to $500,000 in sales in the first three months.[26] In March 2017, he opened up a pop-up shop in Vancouver 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.[27][28]

In 2019, it was announced that Fielder had signed an overall deal with HBO, under which he will serve as executive producer for the documentary series How To with John Wilson and will star, write, and direct in a separate comedy series.[29] In 2020, Showtime picked up the comedy series The Curse, created and written by Fielder and filmmaker Benny Safdie, and starring Fielder, Safdie, and Emma Stone.[30] [31] In 2021, HBO announced the name of another new comedy series, The Rehearsal, which Fielder will write, direct, executive produce, and star in.[32] The official description accompanying the announcement described that, in the series, Fielder "gives people the opportunity to rehearse for their own lives."[33]

Personal life[edit]

Fielder was married to a children's librarian until their divorce in 2014.[34] He is erroneously listed as female on his U.S. green card.[35][36]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Morris Short film
Writer and director
2010 Kelly 5-9 Director Short film
2011 Way Up There Short film
Writer and co-director
2012 Buyer's Market Short film
Director
2013 The Web Manager Short film
Writer, director, and producer
2015 The Night Before Joshua
2017 The Disaster Artist Kyle Vogt
2021 Marcel the Shell with Shoes On Justin

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Canadian Idol Segment producer and writer
2008–2009 This Hour Has 22 Minutes Nathan 9 episodes
2011 Important Things with Demetri Martin Various Characters Segment director
2011 Jon Benjamin Has a Van Nathan 10 episodes
Creative consultant
2011 Nick Swardson's Pretend Time Dan Hyannis Episode: "Legalize Meth"
2012–2015 Bob's Burgers Jordan (voice) / Nathan (voice) 2 episodes
2013–2014 Drunk History Bob Woodward 2 episodes
2013–2015 Kroll Show Tommy Rothchild / Douglas Dubois / Gil 3 episodes
2013–2017 Nathan for You Nathan Fielder 31 episodes
Creator, writer, director, and 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"
2016 David: Story of David David Web series
2017 Tour de Pharmacy Stu Ruckman Television film
2018 Who Is America? Consulting producer
Writer and co-director (episode 2)
Co-director (episode 4)
2020 How To with John Wilson Executive producer
2022 The Rehearsal Creator, executive producer, writer, director

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Efrem, Maia (October 23, 2015). "Comedian Nathan Fielder Creates Outerwear Company to Promote Holocaust Awareness". The Forward. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  3. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (February 28, 2013). "'Nathan for You' show the scapegoat for news hoax". The Columbus Dispatch. Archived from the original on March 26, 2013. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Weiner, Jonah (June 12, 2014). "Nathan Fielder's Ingenious Dumb Humor". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  5. ^ Mooney, Kyle; Fox, Jesse David (October 15, 2015). "Kyle Mooney Talks to Nathan Fielder About Nathan for You, Kitchen Nightmares, and Magic". Vulture. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
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  13. ^ Heisler, Steve (July 9, 2013). "TV Reviews: Drunk History". A.V. Club. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
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