‘Television Opportunity: Is there something you’re avoiding? Send video. This is the entire ad put up on Craigslist by Nathan Fielder’s team when looking for participants for his new TV show, The Rehearsal. The concept is simple: wouldn’t it be better if you could practice life’s key moments before they happen? However, the implementation is extremely complicated.
His first episode opens when Fielder meets Kor, a teacher and board game enthusiast from New York, who has lied to his teammates about having a master’s degree for over a year. decade. Now he wants to be clean. As far as possible.
But before he agreed to be the show’s first participant, Fielder revealed that he practiced their encounter dozens of times with an actor who played Kor, including the confession Fielder now are giving. Not only that, but these rehearsals also take place in a replica of Kor’s apartment based on a digital map of his home Fielder team created while posing as gas company workers. is looking for leaks in his building.
The details of the fake apartment are astounding. The title of every book in Kor’s bookshelf was noted and added to the copy, giving Fielder the opportunity to joke about a particular book, safe from knowing exactly where to find it. The cut-scene between Fielder’s actual confession and the interactions rehearsed until we see the actor’s reaction completely mirror Kor’s actual reaction. “Here’s what we can do for your lies,” Fielder explains excitedly. “This is the potential.”
Fielder’s team then built a replica of the bar in which Kor intended to make his confession, with everything down to the specific torn material on each individual bar stool, as so they could rehearse every possible scenario with an actor secretly observing Kor’s friend to accurately portray her.
So it begins Practise, one of the weirdest and most fascinating shows ever aired. Fielder has developed a large following over the past few years, mainly from his previous TV show, Comedy Central’s Nathan for you. In it, Fielder, armed only with the claim that he “graduated from one of Canada’s top business schools with really good grades,” offers his advice for small businesses à la Gordon Ramsay in Kitchen nightmare.
The show is a satire on the reality TV genre, with Fielder making increasingly outlandish suggestions over the course of the show’s four seasons. Playing a higher version of himself, he gradually develops the personality of a man desperately trying to find human connection until it culminates in an attempt to connect. reconnects a 78-year-old Bill Gates impersonator with his high school sweetheart.
What started off as a prank show (the first episode saw Fielder convince the manager of a frozen yogurt store to recommend a taste-correct poo, which he commissioned by a growing team of food scientists) ends with an intensely poignant, 84-minute exploration of love, regret, and the nature of reality.
Practise Take these topics to the next level. In a way, it’s both completely absurd and the next logical step in Fielder’s development as an artist. And make no mistake, this is art. While Nathan for you was clearly influenced by Andy Kaufman’s counter-humor, Practise more consistent with Charlie Kaufman’s obsession with identity and truth.
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In the second episode, we meet Angela, a staunch 40 year old who is considering motherhood. Once again, Practise fully committed to the absurdity of the situation. Child labor laws prevent actors playing her fictional son Adam from playing the boy around the clock and so they have to swap positions every four hours, with the character getting three years old. age once a week.
Fielder brought her into his ideal home in rural Oregon, and while he attended other rehearsals, her journey became the focus of the rest of the six-episode series. Initially merely the facilitator of this absurd and morally questionable experiment, Fielder casts himself as a co-parent when Angela’s attempts to find a mate fail.
With Fielder now an active participant, he began to wonder if rehearsals were really effective preparation without jeopardizing real emotions. And so he started pushing things as far as he could, with some of the participants breaking the way.
Among other things, the show begins to examine the morality of its own existence. Fielder delved deeper and deeper into surrealism to gain insight into his actions.
The finale is heartbreaking, deranged and emotional, before delivering a final twist right at the whistle. With HBO already confirming a second season, it’s impossible to say where this weird social experiment will go next.
‘The Rehearsal’ on Sky Comedy (Tuesday, 9pm) and streaming on Now TV
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