Nirvanna the Band the Show

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  • TV-MA
  • 2017
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.8  (1,974)

Nirvanna the Band the Show is a hidden camera prank series that is also a mockumentary and a musical comedy. It follows the two protagonists, Matt Johnson and Jay McCarrol, as they go on hilarious and often absurd quests to achieve their lifelong dream of playing a show at The Rivoli, a famous Toronto music venue. Johnson and McCarrol play themselves, but they often involve unsuspecting strangers in their escapades, leading to some unforgettable and unpredictable moments.

The show is produced by Jared Raab and Matt Johnson, who co-wrote and co-directed it, as well as serving as the show's stars. The series premiered on Viceland, a cable channel owned by Vice Media, in 2016. Nirvanna the Band the Show was praised by critics and audiences alike for its unpredictable humor, as well as its clever use of music and hidden camera gags.

The series follows Matt and Jay as they attempt to sneak their way onto the stage of The Rivoli, a goal that they are willing to pursue by any means necessary. At the beginning of each episode, the duo thinks up a new scheme to get into the venue, ranging from pretending to be a famous band's roadies to disguising themselves as janitors. Matt and Jay employ their wits, humor, and musical skills in order to pull off each insane plan, and though they rarely achieve their goal, they always end up having a lot of fun.

Throughout the series, Matt and Jay face a number of obstacles, including angry bouncers, tough roadblocks, and clueless security guards. Each episode is structured in a different way, but often includes hidden camera footage of the two protagonists attempting to execute their plan, along with interviews with the people they encounter along the way. Nirvanna the Band the Show is part-mockumentary, part-comedy and part-real-life prank show. Through its unique style, the show makes a commentary on fame, friendship, and the music industry.

One of the standout features of Nirvanna the Band the Show is its integration of music into the show. Matt and Jay are clearly passionate about music, and this comes through in their wild quest. They often use playing music as a way to overcome obstacles in their way, or as a way to gain access to restricted areas. Each episode features at least one song written by the two protagonists, which often has hilarious lyrics and a catchy hook.

Another aspect that makes Nirvanna the Band the Show unique is its creative use of Toronto as a backdrop for their adventures. The series showcases the city in a way that is often overlooked by mainstream media, highlighting the quirky aspects of Toronto through its street festivals, iconic landmarks, and its diverse population.

The show has been praised for its innovative format, which combines hidden camera gags, musical comedy, and mockumentary. Nirvanna the Band the Show has drawn comparisons to shows like Nathan For You, as well as the humor of Monty Python and Flight of the Conchords. However, Nirvanna the Band the Show has a distinctive style that sets it apart from other comedy series. Its unique blend of humor, music, and prankster antics make it unlike anything else on television.

Overall, Nirvanna the Band the Show is an irreverent, unpredictable and hilarious ride that is a must-watch for fans of hidden camera comedies or indie music. Through its unique blend of comedy and music, the series highlights the humor inherent in pursuing one's dreams, even if those dreams are somewhat ridiculous. The show's Toronto-specific focus also makes it appealing to Canadians and travelers alike, showcasing the city's cultural landmarks in a fresh and unexpected way. Nirvanna the Band the Show is a delightful romp that will keep audiences laughing and guessing from beginning to end.

Nirvanna the Band the Show is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (18 episodes). The series first aired on February 2, 2017.

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The Betrayal
10. The Betrayal
December 23, 2017
Matt and Jay get stuck on the roof of the Rivoli and tensions boil in the extreme heat.
The Below
9. The Below
December 16, 2017
Summary not available
The Burger
8. The Burger
December 9, 2017
Matt and Jay decide that this time, they're seeing their plan through. This time, they're not giving up. This time, they'll book a show at the Rivoli.
The Banned
7. The Banned
December 4, 2017
In an effort to get onto the Rivoli's Band List, Matt and Jay pose as hackers and try to attack the Rivoli's mainframe, but Matt has ulterior motives.
The Below
6. The Below
December 2, 2017
As Matt and Jay continue to try and get on the Rivoli's band list, they infiltrate Toronto's intricate system of underground tunnels in hopes of entering the Rivoli from below.
The Best Plan Ever
5. The Best Plan Ever
November 25, 2017
Matt and Jay decide that they're seeing their plan through. This time, they're not giving up. This time, they'll book a show at the Rivoli.
The B-Day
4. The B-Day
November 18, 2017
Matt forgets Jay's birthday and decides to get him a special gift, but after they get separated at a 4/20 rally, they each go on a journey that forever changes their respective outlooks on life.
The Boost
3. The Boost
November 11, 2017
Matt enters Jay into a video-game-speedrun tournament, planning to win their way to a show at the Rivoli. As the competition tightens, Matt secretly gives Jay an illegal edge.
The Buddy
2. The Buddy
November 4, 2017
Jay attends a music-industry party, leaving Matt home alone. While there, Jay makes a new friend, and they cook up a plan to book a show at the Rivoli.
The Book
1. The Book
October 28, 2017
In the Season 2 premiere, Jay finds a cursed music book hidden in the house on Halloween night, and the guys work together to have order restored.
Where to Watch Nirvanna the Band the Show
Nirvanna the Band the Show is available for streaming on the Viceland website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Nirvanna the Band the Show on demand at Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    February 2, 2017
  • IMDB Rating
    8.8  (1,974)