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Nathan Fielder talks Dumb Starbucks shutdown on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Nathan Fielder, the comedian behind Dumb Starbucks, went on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to talk about his new business venture, Dumb Starbucks grande in hand.

Like any new business, Dumb Starbucks already has its struggles. While the store was operating completely legally thanks to parody law, the health department shut it down for selling coffee without a health permit. “What they don’t understand is, technically, legally speaking, we’re an art gallery, and the coffee we’re selling is considered the art, and art galleries don’t need health permits,” Fielder said. If the health department doesn’t buy this explanation, Fielder and company could face up to six months in jail. Talk about suffering for your “art.” READ FULL STORY

Who is Nathan Fielder? His 5 best 'Nathan for You' stunts before Dumb Starbucks -- VIDEO

Anyone who watched season 1 of Nathan for You knows exactly who Nathan Fielder is: He’s a marketing wizard (he graduated from one of Canada’s top business schools with really good grades) on a mission to help small businesses thrive. And while the concept of his Comedy Central show is basically just an excuse for him to employ truly insane business ideas, once in awhile, those ideas end up working — really, really well.

Take last season, when Fielder set out to draw visitors to a struggling petting zoo. His idea: Stage a video of a pig rescuing a baby goat from drowning and watch it go viral. This was all filmed before Nathan for You was even on the air, and some unsuspecting news shows played the video as if it really happened — and wouldn’t you know it, it went viral. Over the weekend, Fielder did it again, opening up a fake coffee shop called Dumb Starbucks in Los Feliz, California, that drew lines around the block for average coffee and grocery-store pastries.

We now know it was all a new stunt for season 2 of Nathan for You. Whether you watched every episode of the first season or just heard of Fielder today, check out five of his best stunts — including that petting-zoo brilliance — below:
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