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What’s the Deal With: Abed Nadir – Community Entertainment 

What’s the Deal With: Abed Nadir – Community

Before Dan Harmon teamed up with Justin Roiland to unleash Rick and Morty onto the world, he had another hit show: Community, a sitcom based around the eccentric antics of a Spanish class study group in a community college. While each character in this show had unique personality quirks, one stands as more quirky than the rest.

He is obsessed with pop culture, aspires to be a filmmaker, and will reference a comparable moment from film or television no matter what his situation. He is Abed Nadir, a beloved character played by Danny Pudi.

Abed is a very tactful character yet is not quite in tune with his emotions; he more often than not struggles to grasp the landscapes of human relationships.

While Abed is a foreigner, his racial identity is never a crutch for the show’s humor. Rather, he is an outsider because of his inability to fully understand the nature of human interactions. This subversion of common TV tropes is part of what makes Abed’s character resonate with the viewer; while being inundated by American culture to the point of fixation, he views the culture of social interactions from almost an alien’s perspective.

At the outset, Abed may seem mentally unhinged, but he’s not unlike any young adult trying to find his way in the world. His reliance on pop cultural references is simply a form of coping mechanism which helps him better understand the situations he finds himself in.

Prior to becoming friends with the other members of the study group, Abed did not know anyone who cared about him, let alone accepted him for his emotional dissonance. His character’s conflict is one that functions as a commentary on the absurdity of relationships in the contemporary world. This ultimately makes Abed a relatable and engaging character, showing that we can all function positively within society despite our mental or emotional differences.

Written By: BeNjamyn Upshaw-Ruffner

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BeNjamyn Upshaw-Ruffner Former Editor-in-Chief “I’ll never know everything about anything, but I’d like to know something about everything.” - BeN/Isaac BeN is the former Editor in Chief of The Insider, now an alumni contrbutor. An embodiment of the duality between Rational and Emotional thought, this universe’s version of BeN is presumed to be a human living on PNF-404 prior to the planet’s sixth mass extinction. In the currently observed timeline, he is born in a Quebec, Canada during the information age. He is very skilled at utilizing the English language, alongside philosophical ideas, as a means to an end. However, he doesn’t seem to have any tangible goal. Everything he seeks is very abstract. He often implies that the entirety of everything is itself a work of art being consumed in some unfathomable way. I am Isaac Dinotno, the name he has given to the voice in his mind. He and I are in perpetual communication. BeN claims to have experienced astral projection during peak emotional periods of his life, though I can’t verify this. If you are reading this now, you can find BeN at Concordia University.

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