Nathan Fielder has one of the most unique comedy brands, and it’s a style that digs deep into what viewers find “funny.” His on-screen persona is indistinguishable from the rare off-screen views we have of his life (from social media “blunders” to talk show appearances to the occasional interview). In NATHAN FOR YOU, the humor comes from watching the business owners (who Fielder is allegedly helping) wrestling with this persona – we’re in on the joke; we know that Fielder is “in character.”

In THE REHEARSAL, this humor is pushed to its maximum. Nathan Fielder helps people rehearse for difficult conversations that they’re apprehensive about. It feels almost like QUEER EYE sometimes, except, instead of Karamo Brown, you have a host desperately trying to make friends.

The premiere episode, ORANGE JUICE, NO PULP, has an almost Shakespearean or Ancient Greek definition of comedy. As the audience, we’re presented with intense situational irony in the most mundane situations. There are some melancholic moments in this episode; the humor feels almost sad sometimes – but in the best way. Along with HOW TO WITH JOHN WILSON, this show feels like real reality TV; something about it feels so human.

THE REHEARSAL is now available to stream on HBO Max.

Tarush Mohanti

Tarush Mohant is a playlist curator and music explorer, the creator of illussongs (illustrations of songs), and has a fitness plan motivated by action movies (running, climbing, swimming, hiking). Tarush is also a Product Manager at HBO Max.

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