Imagine the perfect TV show, what do you think it is? Is it a fantasy show about a woman who controls dragons? Or is it a show that takes place in the 80’s with an interdimensional monster? For me, that perfect TV show is “Nathan for You.”
“Nathan for You” is a pseudo-reality show on the comedy channel, Comedy Central, and centers around Nathan Fielder, a comedian who graduated from one of Canada’s top business schools with ‘really good grades,’ and he’s looking to help struggling small businesses by giving them outrageous marketing ideas that actually work, sometimes. The show’s comedy stems from Nathan’s natural social awkwardness around other people, which in turn brings out the awkwardness in other people, which makes for some pretty hilarious moments that will make you want to die of awkwardness.
One example of Nathan’s unorthodox marketing ideas is in the very first episode, “Frozen Yogurt,” where a struggling frozen yogurt business asks for Nathan’s help, and he suggests the answer of creating a poo flavored frozen yogurt. Nathan then pulls through with the idea, and people from all over the neighborhood come to try the poo flavored yogurt. The episode then ends with Nathan saying that having a poo flavored yogurt is probably gross, and he then has the workers completely get rid of all the poo flavored yogurt undoing all the work that he had done for the business.
On the other end of the series, there’s the season four finale (the latest episode at the moment), titled “Finding Frances,” which sees Nathan helping a professional Bill Gates impersonator named Will Heath find the woman he loved over fifty years ago. The episode is about two hours in length, seeing Nathan and Will traveling to Arkansas to try and find Frances. When Nathan starts to dig a little bit deeper to find out more about Will and Frances’ relationship, all is not as it seems. The summary stops right there, because going any further will spoil a whole lot of what makes the season finale one of the best things I’ve ever seen on television, so if you want to find out what happens in the finale, it’s up for free on Comedy Central’s website, though you may have to watch a few ads here and there in order to see the full episode.
So I’ve listed all the things I like about the show, however, one thing that bothers me about the show is that it hasn’t gotten a lot of recognition from North Sanpete. It boggles my mind that such a well put together and funny show with so much heart put into it has just completely slipped under the radar, but I hope for that to change soon, so please, do me and yourself a favor, and go watch “Nathan for You” wherever you can.