Nathan Fielder, founder of Dumb Starbucks, speaks out. Who is he?

February 11

Lines wrapped around the block on Monday in Los Angeles as people waited to get into Dumb Starbucks, a new store that offered everything from dumb brewed coffee to dumb muffins to dumb “Nora Jones” CDs at the counter. Naturally, the Internet starting buzzing with possibilities about who was behind the weirdness (Jimmy Kimmel?) until comedian Nathan Fielder, host of Comedy Central’s “Nathan For You,” stepped forward as the “president and founder.”

“By adding the word ‘dumb,’ we are legally allowed to use the coveted Starbucks name and logo because we fulfilled the minimum requirements to be considered a parody under U.S. law,” Fielder said in a video he posted to the @DumbStarbucks Twitter account. According to flyers handed out at the store, it’s all in the name of art, and the shop could be equated to an art gallery.

Though Fielder said in the video that “this is a real business I plan to get rich from,” the health department shut it down almost immediately Monday afternoon. The local ABC7 station reported the store did not obtain valid permits.

 

Not to worry — the stunt got plenty of headlines (as well satisfied customers thrilled with the coffee and treats, which were free), and there were apparently plenty of cameras in case the second season of “Nathan For You,” premiering this summer, needs the footage.

Never seen the show? This kind of bit is very representative. On the series, which debuted to raves on Comedy Central last year, Fielder uses his business acumen — and actual business degree — to act as a consultant for struggling companies, coming up with crazy strategies to make money. A couple of his best ideas include:

Boost visitors to the Glen Oak petting zoo by staging an incredible viral video where a baby pig rescues a goat.

And also…

Bring customers to a gas station by offering gas for $1.75 with a rebate — at the top of a mountain.

And many more.

He’s also known for his Twitter pranks:

For now, the Dumb Starbucks Twitter feed has signed off with this:

Emily Yahr is an entertainment reporter and pop culture blogger for the Style section. She joined the Post in May 2008, a week before she graduated from the University of Maryland, and worked on Lisa de Moraes' TV Column and blog.
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