"We are Nirvana the Band, the live musical, that will never play the same show twice. To not let us play on your stage would be a terrible mistake. We are Nirvana the Band. For now, forever, for better, for worse, 4, times 4, is 16."
-Jay McCarrol, test-reading the band's press kit
Nirvana the Band consists of friends Matt Johnson and Jay McCarrol; Nirvana the Band the Show is their 10 episode webseries, produced over 2007-2009. The show follows their misadventures trying to get their band—Matt improvising to Jay's piano-playing—booked at the Rivoli, a local dive. Hilarity Ensues when they come up against minor and often self-created issues in getting themselves booked and decide to resolve them through usually illegal means. The series is shot in a fake documentary style.The entire series can be seen on their website,Nirvana the Band the Show the Website.
This series provides examples of:
Affectionate Parody: Scattered all over the place, but most notably in the title sequences. Except for the first and last episodes, every episode's opening credits is a parody.
Right after this moment, Matt starts talking about his haircut out of nowhere.
Call Back: The series opens with Matt saying he wants to open their first show by slowly pointing at a halo of red lights around him while Jay plays a rousing number on the piano. This is exactly how they open their live show in the last episode.
Canada, Eh?: Averted. It takes place in, and proudly showcases, Toronto.
Cannot Tell a Joke: In the deleted scene, "Good Will Hunting," Matt tries to do Matt Damon's famous "how do you like them apples?" line but repeatedly messes it up. When they switch roles and Jay tries to tell it, Matt interrupts him with "Oh my god! Matt Damon?"
Dumb Struck: Jay, after he burns that guy's apartment down in "The Burn," and sees Matt calmly waiting for him back at their apartment. Compounded after Matt reveals that the guy didn't even insult Jay in the first place. "I was fucking with you!"
Easy Come, Easy Go: When Matt is proudly showing off the rights to their band name in "The Band," he gets so wrapped up in his victory speech that he tears up the contract.
Fantastic Racism: Matt kind of hits it out of the park with how many racist things he's said in the show.
In the Piano Sessions, every episode starts with Matt trying to do some sort of cleaning/repairing activity (always with kitchen gloves on). He asks Jay for help, and all Jay does is play a song.
Matt makes high fives weird.
Every single voice that is heard offscreen (via phone, etc.) is actually Jay's voice, since he is good at impressions. Both Vince Valence's & Jeremy's voices are done by Jay. Even the guy who insults Jay in "The Burn" is Jay's voice.
Although throughout the whole series there is a callous disregard for any sort of copyright infringement, punctuated in the deleted scene, "Mountain". Jay says, "This, right here, is The Edge." ...immediate cut to The Edge in its entirety.