The Rehearsal

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Nathan Fielder messes with people. It was true for his Comedy Central series Nathan for You, and it’s still true in his new HBO series, The Rehearsal. He’s fascinated by people, drawn to and perplexed by them, and he uses the inherent allowances of TV to conduct social experiments. But in order to achieve his ends, Fielder almost inevitably deceives his subjects. He misleads them, makes them uncomfortable, and tries to goad them into saying or doing things they might not want to. The combination of Fielder’s focus on regular people and his willingness to screw with them means The Rehearsal will not be universally liked, but it will nevertheless elicit two universal responses: No one will feel comfortable, and everyone will wonder how much of it is real.” — Kathryn VanArendonk “Nathan Fielder’s Dazzling, Horrifying Trial Run of Reality”

  1. Episode 4 The Fielder Method
    The Rehearsal Recap: I Don’t Like Lying to People The Rehearsal’s most intense episode shows just how far Nathan is willing to go.
  2. Episode 3 Gold Digger
    The Rehearsal Recap: Emotional Stakes How do you bring real feelings to a fake situation?
  3. Episode 2 Scion
    The Rehearsal Recap: When Do I Move In? Angela’s two-month-long parenting simulation opens up a can of worms for Nathan.
  4. Episode 1 Orange Juice, No Pulp
    The Rehearsal Series-Premiere Recap: Trivia Night In his new HBO series, Nathan Fielder is a man with near-infinite resources, creating worlds and bringing in outsiders to play by his rules.

The Latest The Rehearsal News

  1. vulture vegetables
    Consider the Pepper One fleeting moment in The Rehearsal explains the entire Nathan Fielder project, the entire entertainment industry, and the entire world.
  2. door city over here
    The Alligator Lounge Is a Nathan Fielder Bar Now Thanks to The Rehearsal, the Williamsburg bar is now home to “the Dumb Starbucks of trivia nights.”
  3. emergency discussion
    The Final Moments of The Rehearsal Premiere Test Reality’s Limits Nathan Fielder’s genius and K. Todd Freeman’s acting chops deliver pure mindfuckery.
  4. do ny cheap
    RIP Thrifty Boy: Nathan Fielder’s Fake Blog’s Greatest Hits The Rehearsal’s funniest Easter egg is also its cheapest.
  5. comedy review
    Nathan Fielder’s Dazzling, Horrifying Trial Run of Reality The Rehearsal lays bare the assumptions and expectations of social conventions. The more naked they become, the queasier it feels.
  6. experimental cinema
    Nathan Fielder Plays God in The Rehearsal Trailer Forget Timothée. Nathan is Willy Wonka now.
  7. profile
    Nathan Fielder Is Out of His Mind (and Inside Yours) The comedian is known for his often hilarious, sometimes mean, always uncomfortable stunts. The Rehearsal is his grandest experiment yet.
  8. coming soon
    Nathan Fielder’s The Rehearsal Is Almost Ready for You The HBO comedy series will start streaming on July 15.