Nathan Fielder’s Comedy Central series Nathan For You, in which a strangely earnest version of Fielder helps small businesses in unconventional ways, may have its moments of darkness, but the show never quite stares straight into the abyss. Now, Fielder has teamed up with Super Deluxe and Marcel The Shell With Shoes On co-creator Dean Fleischer-Camp for a new web series that puts a far bleaker spin on Fielder’s distinctive brand of comedy.
David, starring Fielder in the lead role and featuring Jenny Slate as his ex-wife, follows a sad-sack loser who has a mysterious ailment that may or may not be psychosomatic. In the first episode, David visits a tarot reader who is scared away by the small rock that’s supposedly growing in his heart. The series only gets darker from there, and the characters’ notably stiff delivery adds to the general sense of comic uneasiness. All five episodes add up to a little less than 30 minutes; watch the first one above and you can check them all out via Super Deluxe’s YouTube channel.