"Mustard Man" Gains Popularity

Mike "Nug" Nahrgang is a Canadian comedian and actor.

He has won three Canadian Comedy Awards as a member of the sketch comedy troupe The Minnesota Wrecking Crew. Nug is also the web-renowned Mustard Man. The Mustard Man is an Internet meme that first gained prominence on Somethingawful.com and later on numerous other web-based forums, including isfullofcrap.com, which published a series of "Mustard Man Adventures", and Fark.com.

The picture became popular in early 2004 and was used in countless Photoshop pictures (and contests) on the aforementioned websites. In 2004 "Mustard Man" made the top five of somethingugly.com's "Ten Worst Things On The Internet" list. The true identity of the man pictured was unknown until the owners of Bloggerheads.com tracked down Nahrgang on the internet.

The picture was apparently taken during the taping of an episode of the Canadian sketch-comedy show The Endless Grind, in which he had a part. Nug and another actor were having a food fight and Nug ended up covered in mustard.