Comedian Nate Bargatze coming to Duluth

The Tennessee standup, whose routine is described as "clean and relatable," will be at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center on Oct. 20.

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Comedian Nate Bargatze is bringing his humor to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.
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DULUTH — Nate Bargatze, a Tennessee comedian who's a staple of late-night TV talk shows, will bring his humor to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center's Symphony Hall for a show Oct. 20.

Bargatze, whose style is touted as "both clean and relatable" in a news release announcing the show, has released two Netflix specials, the most recent of which ("The Greatest Average American," 2021) saw an associated audio release land a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album. He's also appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon at least 10 times and hosts a podcast called "Nateland." The comic promises all-new material for the "Raincheck Tour" he's bringing to the DECC.

"His comedy’s starting point has always been about his bumbling, clueless onstage persona," wrote Aditya Mani Jha in a review of his latest Netflix special for the website Dead Ant. "With Bargatze, looking casual and even unsure of himself is part of the shtick; it cloaks the careful, meticulous way he develops dovetailing themes across an hour of comedy."

While in town, Bargatze can compare Duluth to the identically-named city in Georgia, where he filmed his first Netflix special, 2019's "The Tennessee Kid."

Tickets ($39.75–$79.75) go on sale to the public Friday at 10 a.m. For more information, see

Arts and entertainment reporter Jay Gabler joined the Duluth News Tribune in February 2022. His previous experience includes eight years as a digital producer at The Current (Minnesota Public Radio), four years as theater critic at Minneapolis alt-weekly City Pages, and six years as arts editor at the Twin Cities Daily Planet. He's a co-founder of pop culture and creative writing blog The Tangential; and a member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can reach him at or 218-279-5536.
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