Nate Bargatze recalls 'remarkable' visit to Scheels in new comedy special

Comedian played West Fargo's Scheels Arena in October, weeks after special was filmed.

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Comedian Nate Bargatze talks about his visit to a Scheels store in his new comedy special.
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FARGO — Nate Bargatze’s new stand-up special, “Hello World,” was shot in Phoenix last September, but his first bit has local roots.

The comic opens the show noting how the tour kicked off in Omaha. He mentions that there is a Scheels store there, which draws scattered applause from the crowd. Bargatze, known for his clean-cut comedy, encourages people to visit a store if they haven’t yet.

“And if you do, make sure you go to the gun section and look at the access they give you to guns. It's remarkable,” he says. “I mean, they're attached to nothing. Some are laying around and some are on the floor. You will go to the Verizon next door and you can't get the phone to your ear. Scheels is like, ‘Feel the weight of that thing, man. Walk around with it.’ I rode down the escalator with a shotgun.”

The whole bit is the first minute of the special on Amazon.

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Scheels was started as a general store in Sabin , Minn., in 1902. The company grew, expanded to Fargo-Moorhead and focused more on sporting goods. The store is still headquartered in Fargo with 30 locations across 13 states.


Interestingly, Bargatze played Scheels Arena on Oct. 14, weeks after the special was filmed.

Scheels corporate office was asked to comment on Bargatze’s mention of the store, but had not responded as this story was being published.

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For 20 years John Lamb has covered art, entertainment and lifestyle stories in the area for The Forum.
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