Comedy Central’s “Nathan for You” will make you laugh, cringe, cry, and laugh some more

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Comedy Central has become a powerhouse in the last couple of years with hits like Inside Amy SchumerKey and Peele, and Broad City. Last summer, the network quietly premiered the incredibly smart and insanely funny show, Nathan for You. 

The premise of this reality show is simple: Nathan Fielder (who “graduated from one of Canada’s top business schools with really good grades”) provides advice to struggling small businesses.

Nathan (as a character of himself), his clients and their reactions, and the advice itself make this a comedic success. Small, lanky, and so awkward it makes you cringe, Nathan isn’t a big and loud reality show host like those in Extreme Home Makeover or Project Runway. Nathan balances his act between being a smart ass, incredibly awkward and uncomfortable, and a lonely/shy/looking-for-love kind of guy. Combine his deadpan personality with his bizarre business advice, and you can’t help but wonder how his clients are going to react. The advice he gives is extremely smart and well-thought-out but incredibly illogical.

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SAT essay prompt asks students about reality TV

Well, there goes two months’ worth of cramming at the Princeton Review down the drain. High school students were surprised, appalled, and (possibly) on the verge of tears when they flipped open their SAT test booklet and read the prompt for this year’s essay.

Reality television programs, which feature real people engaged in real activities rather than professional actors performing scripted scenes, are increasingly popular.

These shows depict ordinary people competing in everything from singing and dancing to losing weight, or just living their everyday lives. Most people believe that the reality these shows portray is authentic, but they are being misled.

How authentic can these shows be when producers design challenges for the participants and then editors alter filmed scenes?

Do people benefit from forms of entertainment that show so-called reality, or are such forms of entertainment harmful?

Wait… what? Students that spent hours memorizing the systematic keys to answering SAT essay topics were baffled, most not even knowing how to approach the question. Many argued that they don’t even watch TV because they’re too busy studying for the SAT. Sucks. Guess they should’ve kept up with the guido/guidette antics in Seaside Heights…

Read the College Board’s response to all the SAT-related drama here, and Huffington Post’s mock SAT questions here.

 


Brighton Beach: The next Jersey Shore?

Lifetime has announced that it will be airing a new show called Brighton Beach, according to an article in The Observer. There are so many things to be said about this, we don’t even know where to begin.

First of all, Lifetime? Really? The people who brought us movies like She’s Too Young? Although I guess with their semi-recent taking over of Project Runway in some attempt to revamp their image(?) this kind of makes sense.

You might be asking yourself, why Brighton Beach? Or maybe even, wtf is Brighton beach? Well, Brighton Beach is the neighborhood in Brooklyn where the famous Coney Island resides. There is also a large Russian population in Brighton Beach, which is, in part, one of the ways the show will differentiate itself from Jersey Shore, according to the article in The Observer. In fact, according to the article, that seems to be one of the basic premises: “The show, Brighton Beach, will place a group of strangers in a house on Coney Island, and promises to differentiate itself from Shore by focusing on the foibles unique to the Russian community, according to producer Elina Miller.”   Continue Reading