Rising comic Nate Bargatze mines the past for precious gems

Monday 13th, February 2017 / 15:48
By Amber Harper-Young

VANCOUVER — Early in his career, Nashville native comedian Nate Bargatze moved to Chicago in 2003 to first pursue comedy. He took a stand-up class in the windy city and watched the big comics on the scene at the time, like Pete Holmes and Hannibal Buress. Now 13 years later, after living in NYC, LA, and Nashville, Bargatze’s got two specials on the street: Yelled at by a Clown and Comedy Central’s Full-time Magic, both of which are titled specifically referencing his father’s actual professions while Bargatze was growing up.

His father was the inspiration for more than just titles. When asked about his inspirations he answers, “I mean my dad definitely…comic wise, I’m a big Bill Burr fan…I got to watch him kinda become what he is, so it was awesome to get to see that. Just being in New York was great, you just got to see how people kinda blow up, so that stuff means a lot cause…you can see there’s a path. You learn from them.”

Besides being a guest on such outlets as Conan, The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon and WTF with Marc Maron, he’s performed for the troops overseas upwards of four times and has won both the New York and Boston Comedy Festivals. He’s opened for Jim Gaffigan in Toronto at Just for Laughs and before that for Maron at Carnegie Hall! Bargatze speaks of the experience at the legendary venue, “It’s pretty cool to be in a place that’s so historic that you can kinda feel that it’s almost everybody’s first time there. So it was my first time and I think it was Maron’s first time and then it’s also a lot of the audiences’ …It’s was pretty great. Everybody’s real happy!”

Bargatze has a laid back delivery, retelling actual life experiences and making honest commentary, always exposing both his and others’ ignorance. He takes you to each place and time, not missing a detail that will humorously compose his storytelling. He plays subtlety against the adamancy of his comedic voice in a way that will etch his jokes in your mind well after you experience him. Bargatze’s also a comic that is mindful that the subject matter in his act is varied throughout his show. He genuinely wants to connect with every being in the crowd.

Catch Nate Bargatze Feb. 18 at Biltmore Cabaret as part of JFL NorthWest.

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