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'Dumb Starbucks' owner appears on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

"Dumb Starbucks" owner and comedian Nathan Fielder appears on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2014. (ABC - Randy Holmes)

February 12, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
After attracting national attention by opening a "Dumb Starbucks" in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles this week, the owner of the shop appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Tuesday.

Comedian Nathan Fielder told Kimmel the Hillhurst Avenue store, which looks identical to a real Starbucks but for the word "dumb" preceding its moniker, is legal because of parody law.

"The health department came ... and shut us down for selling coffee without a health permit. What they don't understand is that, technically, legally speaking, we're an art gallery. And the coffee we're selling is consider the art," Fielder said as the audience burst into laughter.

"I see," Kimmel dryly responded.

"By not having the proper health permits and paying those fees, we're able to pass those savings onto the customer," Fielder joked.

Before it closed , Dumb Starbucks served up coffee in paper Dumb Starbucks-branded cups that look like the real deal.

During his Kimmel appearance, Fielder presented the host with one of the cups filled with coffee.

"It's cold," Kimmel joked.

"I had to take it from the store, yeah, so it's been in car my all day," Fielder said.

Watch the full interview here: youtube.com/watch?v=4MJWz3w5ZQc&feature=c4-overview&list=UUa6vGFO9ty8v5KZJXQxdhaw

"Jimmy Kimmel Live" airs weeknights on ABC, the parent company of KABC-TV.


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