- 1. Career
Nathanael Bargatze is an American comedian. His comedy is characterized by references to his family, comedic encounters, and life anecdotes.
Bargatze began his stand-up comedy career in Chicago and later moved to doing comedy at The Boston Comedy Club in New York City. He has appeared on Conan and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He was part of Fallon's Clean Cut Comedy Tour in 2013, also winning New York's Comedy Festival and the Boston Comedy Festival that year. He wrote for the Spike TV Video Game Awards and has performed for American armed forces in Iraq and Kuwait.
He was mentioned by comedians Marc Maron and Jim Gaffigan as one of the top up-and-coming comics.
Bargatze's first stand-up album, Yelled at by a Clown (2014), was on the Billboard Top Ten Comedy Charts for two weeks, peaking at No. 2. He released his second album, Full Time Magic, in coordination with his Comedy Central special in May 2015. In 2017, Bargatze had a half-hour special released on Netflix as part of The Standups.
In March 2019, Bargatze released an hour-long Netflix special titled The Tennessee Kid, shot outside Atlanta, Georgia.
His next stand-up special, The Greatest Average American, was released by Netflix in March 2021. It was filmed outdoors at Universal Studios Hollywood and was nominated for the 2022 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.
Bargatze was featured in an article for The Atlantic in 2021 where he was called "The Nicest Man in Stand-Up."
In 2022, Bargatze voiced a personality core named Grady in the short Portal spinoff game Aperture Desk Job.
In January 2023, Bargatze's stand-up special, Hello World, filmed at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona, was released on Amazon Prime Video.
On April 15, 2023, Bargatze drew 19,365 attendees to a performance at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, breaking the venue's all-time attendance record.
Bargatze will host SNL Saturday October 28th.