This show got really good grades.
For my money, Arrested Development is the funniest TV series ever devised, followed closely by Seinfeld and The Office UK. In fact, my wife and I currently on viewing #532 of Mitch Hurwitz’s classic series and Lord knows I’ve seen every episode of the other two many, many, many times over.
But in all their runs, none of those shows have ever made me laugh as hard as Nathan for You. While the laughter may not be sustained as evenly, when this show delivers, the violence of my gut laughs is unparalleled.
The premise for Nathan for You is simple: Nathan Fielder, a self-described marketing whiz (he got really good grades in Canadian business school) takes his singular thinking to everyday business owners looking for an edge in the free market.
However, the ideas presented to these folks tend to be — outside-of-the-box. But thanks to Fielder’s deadpan, unassuming personality and the glimmer of decent ideas contained within his pitches, these business owners go along with it — and we laugh and laugh.
And laugh. I’m not kidding: Nathan for You is one of the funniest things to ever air on any planet. But there’s no way I could accurately describe why it’s funny. I mean I could try and describe the sight of a bunch of birds stuck to a tree pooping on passing cars so a local car wash will get more business but that does not do it justice.
This is the ultimate “you had to be there” show. Because once those hilarious moments coalesce they make for comic gold. Tears-streaming, large-intestine-busting comic gold.
This set features 16 episodes, which comprise the first two seasons and there are some true classics here: the fake viral video, the Bill Gates impersonator, the poop-flavored frozen yogurt and, of course, Dumb Starbucks, which actually made the national news.
The DVDs: 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, 2.0 stereo, deleted and extended scenes, the full “The Web” short film, the Dumb Starbucks press conference (ruined by some humorless eco-twats) and a truly bizarre commentary tack with the Bill Gates impersonator.
Look, that’s all I’ve got for you: go get this set. Watch it. Laugh hard. Then show it to friends and families and laugh hard at them laughing hard.