Here’s one of the way that you know you’ve truly made it: the people you’ve long admired from afar start giving you some serious love back.
Even if he never conducts another interview in his life, Nardwuar the Human Serviette will spend his golden years knowing that no one—and by that, we literally mean no one, including the beyond-brilliant Rachel Maddow—will ever surpass him as interviewer. Dispute that all you want, but not until you’ve spent a day or two on his YouTube channel, watching him climb in the ring with everyone from James Brown and Michael Moore, to Kurt Cobain and Snoop Dogg.
His greatest gift is this: making people who’ve long hated doing interviews loving the interview process.
That led yesterday to a major, and entirely glowing, tribute from MSNBC host Ari Melber, who knows a thing or 10 about getting folks to open up when there’s a microphone in front of them.
Long a fan of the Human Serviette, Melber used a full eight minutes of his time on air to pay tribute to Nardwuar, professing endless admiration for his preparation, his ability to get superstars to open up, his proudly DYI work ethic, and the way he’s able to take the most jaded of celebrities back to their childhoods when everything was simpler.
Watch here, and feel the love.