What made you want to do the special in Georgia? What kind of noticeable effect, if any, has that had on your career? So once you start headlining and having to do more time, your jokes get a lot longer. He can be the next Norman Lear if he wants. Like my uncle with the tuxedo jacket and no shirt. You try to always be in the moment and pay attention to stuff as it happens, but that was crazy. You made the leap two years ago from Comedy Central, where you did your first hour, over to Netflix with your half hour special. He makes me proud to be a fellow Tennessee kid—although as someone that grew up in a family that blared anti-Vandy song parodies, I guess I have to overlook the Vandy love. But that insistence that Nate is fundamentally one of his audience helps to make The Tennessee Kid welcoming out of the gate, and it remains accessible from there.
I feel like comics get asked that a lot, about whether any of their jokes or stories are true. They also include elaborate scenarios about how you get rid of a dead horse. And the idea of the stand-up specials, because there are now so many platforms, has evolved massively. And they have like a year-thing. Netflix is definitely the thing that sent me out there. I already wanted to do stand-up, but that just reassured it. He shouts out a dog bakery in Mt.
The instant I first heard him speak, way back in 2014 , I knew he was from Tennessee. Juliet, where my uncle and his family live. By the beginning of 2018, or maybe the middle of 2018, I felt like I was ready to do another one. I think being known as being a great stand-up. I want to jump around a bit. I always liked with Jay Leno while he hosted The Tonight Show, and Seinfeld too, they were always stand-ups.
You try not to be those parents that watch videos of their kids. I spoke to Bargatze about the new hour and just how big of an effect Netflix has had on his career, as well as his upcoming television sitcom with fellow comic Jerrod Carmichael. This is something he even talks about in our interview. And then after that can be whatever else panned out, but it all came through stand-up. But I just started writing a new hour right after that and it pretty quickly came together when I was on the road. So Jerrod called me and we started talking about an idea for a show. From how good he is at doing all the behind-the-scenes work to talking things over with network executives, which is a show in itself, Jerrod knows how to get stuff done in this business.
Like I live in Nashville and so I would like to do a special in Nashville. I hope we can keep doing it, though. I have been doing this for 16 years. A lot of guys that were all starting out and we were all brand new. Was your first time doing stand up in Chicago? I was kind of thinking Atlanta or Dallas. Nate Bargatze: It changed everything.
Stand up is the thing that got me anywhere or anything, it all came through stand-up. When you first go do that, I would get tired. Those are the things they would say they knew me from. But what makes The Tennessee Kid feel Southern to me is just Bargatze himself. I was in the city for 2 years and everybody was new.
Nate Bargatze: The Tennessee Kid is. Juliet, where my uncle and his family live. Going to these towns over and over again, which can result in a good word of mouth. Eastern Tennessee has a twang, Middle Tennessee is more understated, and no one in Tennessee ever talks about West Tennessee. He riffs on horses, pets, and arguments in this style, weaving each topic in with the next so skilfully that you can hardly see the seams. The Zanies comedy club here is an A club. You just get no answers.
The destination was the act, not the name. Most of the time, you get locked up with it and it takes a year or more to find out what the final decision is. You hope people watch it and you hope it gets talked about. So whatever I do with my career, I want stand-up to be the first thing. I think my manager is the person who came up with that name. .
He makes me proud to be a fellow Tennessee kid—although as someone that grew up in a family that blared anti-Vandy song parodies, I guess I have to overlook the Vandy love. And then I moved to New York from there. More people started coming out. I hope Nashville can keep it rolling and hopefully become like an Austin or a Denver, one of these scenes that have gotten to be really big scenes. Comics are moving here to start comedy. Not just Tennessee, but Middle Tennessee.