An Oral History Of Nardwuar The Human Serviette

An Oral History Of Nardwuar The Human Serviette

A deep dive into the past and present of one of the strangest personalities to ever emerge from the country's media

By Kevin Sexton
February 20, 2020

There are some obvious questions about Nardwuar the Human Serviette. Like: Where did he get that name? How does he do his research? Is he really like that? How does a guy who dresses like a Scottish punk and hosts a community radio show at the University of British Columbia end up interviewing the biggest celebrities in the world, develop a friendship with Snoop Dogg, and earn hundreds of millions of views on YouTube?

The first one is easy. Sort of. As he told Pharrell Williams back in 2008, “Nardwuar’s like a dumb, stupid name, like ‘Sting.’ And ‘Human’ is from the band The Cramps, their song ‘Human Fly.’ And in the United States of America, you don’t have serviettes, you have napkins. So I’m Nardwuar the Human Serviette.”

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