‘Nathan for You’ is an American documentary-style reality series starring Nathan Fielder as an off-kilter version of himself. He tries to use his business background and life experiences to help struggling companies and people, frequently offering outlandish strategies to them, which parodies the methods of marketing and management consultants.
The show has been created by Nathan Fielder and Michael Koman, who has also worked on ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien‘. The series airs on Comedy Central and first premiered on February 28, 2013. The series has gathered an incredibly strong following over the years and critics have praised it immensely, with The New York Times saying it is “the television series with the most incisive take on the 21st-century economy” and has praised Fielder for “illuminating the relationship between the economy and absurdity.”
Nathan for You Cast: Who is in it?
The show would not have been called ‘Nathan for You’ without Nathan Fielder, so he is surely a central part of the cast. He portrays himself as a business school graduate and consultant whose aim is to help struggling businesses. The other cast members change over the episodes as Fielder weaves his brilliant comedy into the outlandish plans he proposes to try and help the businesses in need.
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Nathan for You Plot: What is it about?
‘Nathan for You’ revolves around Nathan Fielder, who tries to use his business degree and life experiences in order to help small businesses to run and perhaps also turn a profit. However, due to the unorthodox nature of his approach, the people he genuinely makes an effort to help, find themselves drawn into an experience which is way beyond what they actually signed up for. This is primarily because a lot of Fielder’s proposals are not just elaborate but also sound outlandish.
Over the seasons, the show also plays out the arc of Nathan and his social awkwardness. We see how his confidence is eroded over the episodes as he faces failure in his schemes. He is also acutely aware that not all people enjoy his company. Notably, the character that we see on screen is based on how Fielder is in real life and thus there have been attempts to show how the comedian deals with social anxiety himself. Fielder has notably said that he has no intention of making the character ‘feel like a comedy character’ instead, opting to fashion an on-screen character that can deliver the most authentic moments from Fielder’s own personality.