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Rehearsal: Why Nathan Fielder’s honesty makes the show great

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The purpose of this article is not to make readers believe that Nathan Fielder Doesn’t mess with people. This would be an almost futile effort, given the years of well documented evidence of them doing so. After all, Fielder is best known for the Comedy Central series Nathan for youIn which he visits struggling small businesses with ridiculous schemes that, more often than not, actually say no to businesses any good (at least, the owners of these businesses probably haven’t signed up).

It’s easy, maybe, considering everything we’ve seen Fielder do, it’s not easy to write off him as a particularly kind person. The term manipulative is one that is sometimes applied to them, and it represents an irreverent view of comedians, their methods, and their work. But “messing with people” is Natural Selfless? Does it always mask superiority and disdain, or could it be a mild way of communicating and processing things that we feel and may not fully understand? It is as difficult to deny Fielder’s genuine interest in people as it is to deny that he messes with his subjects, and the two facts are not mutually exclusive.

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Take any reality television series—or any psychological, sociological, or anthropological experiment—and there will be manipulations everywhere. The creators of these projects have to do a certain amount of orchestrating with some sort of end result. Since Fielder’s most recent project, RehearsalNow airing weekly on HBO Max, falling somewhere between reality TV and social experimentation, its path also depends on a structure that helps execute the vision for the series.

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What sometimes creates an intense viewing experience is the discomfort Fielder’s methods inspire us. As social beings, most of us avoid situations that are outside the realm of what is comfortable and acceptable when other people are involved. Fielder finds those moments and captures them like a breath. It’s not unattractive, just uncomfortable—but for many viewers, there’s a joy to be found in these moments as well as a surprisingly educational, or even sometimes emotional, revelation.

during many Nathan for youFielder’s onscreen personality will give a glimpse of vulnerability. This was never expressed more strongly than in the series finale, “Finding Frances”, where Fielder accompanies Bill Gates impressionist Bill Heath to find his long-lost love. Where . Other episodes of Nathan for you Focused on putting people in fun and interesting situations under the guise of improving their business, the finale was a bit different, not quite like what we’ve seen the fielder do before. “Finding Francis” takes on the loneliness and desire for connection that Fielder teases throughout Nathan for you And that brings it front and center. There are certainly classic fielder tactics in the game; A portrait of Francis looks as if it was done by a child, a fake film sequel is staged so that Fielder and Bill enter Frances’ old high school, and at one point, Fielder elevates Bill to a higher level. Convince to give a well rehearsed performance. school reunion. Through it all, he remains committed to Bill’s desires on this journey, while reflecting on his loneliness through a hilarious and slightly painful relationship with an escort.

with RehearsalFielder has gone from comedy to an almost full-blown social experiment. The new series is certainly hilarious, but filled with a contemplative melancholy more than anything Fielder has done before. He finds interested participants who are struggling with his next move – so far this includes a man who is too terrified to tell his friend about the lie, a woman who wants to have children, and a man who Wants to ask his brother for his access. heritage. The process is detailed and exhaustive, and it appears that Fielder listens closely to the participants to make the rehearsals as accurate as possible to their experiences and goals.

There’s something incredibly sensitive about the subject matter that Fielder is working around this time, and he makes no effort to ignore it. Anxiety about difficult conversations can be powerful, and a rehearsal where Fielder is told by an actor that he is a terrible, manipulative person shows not only Fielder’s own awareness and fear, but a representation of that concern. who provides catharsis through humour. The fielder is not making fun of people who are concerned about social interactions; Instead, he’s acknowledging how many of us feel some version of it at times, and allowing us to laugh at the idea that we can actually predict what will happen, as well as we How bad can our worst-case scenarios be in our heads.


Fielder’s goal in putting people in these increasingly awkward situations is less about offending someone, and more about two things: a genuine interest in people, and a fascination with the oddities in life, in manipulative situations. despite. Sure, elaborate rehearsals don’t happen in real life. We often don’t get the chance to deliver difficult or scary things until we feel like we have enough hypothetical questions to answer that we can handle. But there is a desire to do these things. Detailed set of fielders and procedures Rehearsal Don’t manipulate reality, they amplify it. Fielder creates the maze and then follows his participants through them with something surprisingly close to humor, charm, and empathy.

There is a common misconception that to laugh at something is not to take it seriously. Laughing at the real people and feelings Fielder faces may sound cynical, but it’s not — because He Not there. Life is beautiful and sad and real, but it is also funny and weird and uncomfortable. These things don’t exist (and probably can’t) without each other. Rehearsal live in the intersection between feelings and thoughts that seem to exist in opposition to each other and ask us as spectators to consider it all in a way that makes us laugh, and sometimes even cry a little could. As different as they are, both are good for you.

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