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Posted Friday 10/12/18 at 5:55PM EDT
Hannah Gadsby: SNL would never ask me to host because "they're not so fond of my work"
Monica Lewinsky asked the star of Netflix's acclaimed Nanette standup special during an on-stage Vanity Fair chat earlier this week if she would ever host Saturday Night Live. "Yeah, it’s not a real question, because I won’t be asked," Gadsby responded, adding: "I am not a friend of them. They’re not so fond of my work." She then joked: "Yeah, it’s fine. We’ll all cope. Plus I think I’m a bit slow for live TV." So the question is: By "they" is she referring to SNL co-head writer and "Weekend Update" co-anchor Michael Che, who has previously spoken negatively about Gadsby's style of comedy?
Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Monica Lewinsky says she "bawled my eyes out" watching Hannah Gadsby's Nanette
Source: The Daily Dot
Gadsby mentions Lewinsky in her acclaimed Netflix standup special, noting that she became a late-night punchline. Lewinsky got to talk to Gadsby at Vanity Fair‘s New Establishment Summit on Tuesday, telling her “for at least a week after I saw your show, I would find myself zoning out, reliving this moment of transformation you created onstage.”
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 10:47PM EDT
The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards looked like the worst Emmys ever
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards 10 years ago featured the debacle of five reality TV hosts co-hosting, but this year's ceremony was much worse. "It was," says Tim Goodman, "the worst Emmys telecast I've ever seen. That's not hyperbole. (Maybe there was a telecast as bad when I was a teenager and wasn't paying attention?) It was lifeless, it was dull, it was poorly produced, terribly written and it had hosts who should not have been hosting (they aren't well-known enough and, last night, were not funny enough and not engaging enough). The pairing of presenters was ill-conceived. The material given them was pathetic. Nearly every 'bit' in the show imploded upon itself. The staging looked like it came from 1978. People looked like they didn't want to be there. The fact that the television industry, on a night when it is supposed to celebrate its own achievements, can't actually make a TV event that is interesting is really pathetic." Goodman blamed the Television Academy. "It needs more oversight," he says. "It can't just let Lorne Michaels and NBC take over the Emmys and bore the life out of the country.
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Amy Sherman-Palladino appears to be the first person to win the writing and directing Emmy in the same year
- ESPN boasts that Monday Night Football beat the Emmys -- even though MNF had its worst Week 2 ratings ever
- #OscarsSoWhite creator pushes for Emmys diversity: "How many non-Black people of color do you remember during @TheEmmys last night?"
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Barry stars won because Emmy voters love shows about show business
- Hannah Gadsby's brief appearance was a welcome detour from the pre-chewed and inoffensive banter of SNL
- Black-ish's Jenifer Lewis wore Nike on the red carpet to show her support for Colin Kaepernick
- Pre-taped categories robbed viewers of hearing celebrities mispronounce nominee names
- Angela Bassett responded to The New York Times mistaking her with Omarosa with an Olivia Pope GIF
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, ESPN, NBC, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Monday Night Football, Saturday Night Live, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Angela Bassett, Hannah Gadsby, Jenifer Lewis, Award Shows, NFL, Ratings
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 8:17AM EDT
Emmys became a bloated SNL episode
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Lorne Michaels decided to turn the entire Emmys telecast "over to Saturday Night Live and Saturday Night Live-adjacent personalities in a way that no single show has ever dominated the Emmy proceedings in my lifetime," says Daniel Fienberg. The SNL bloat could be seen with longtime cast member Kenan Thompson being part of the beginning and the ending of the show. "Heaven knows I'm an appreciator of Thompson and his marvelous SNL legacy and his impressive pre-SNL legacy, but there's a statement you're making when you have Kenan Thompson present for outstanding drama series and it's something along the lines of, 'The history of television is, for tonight, all about just one show," says Fienberg. He adds: "Imagine CBS using its platform a decade ago to only let various cast members from CSI and its respective spinoffs present. Or ABC doing an Emmys telecast in which each award is presented by somebody from the Bachelor franchise. This was a bad look for NBC and for Michaels, and it'd be hard to begrudge any future network in this Emmys rotation thinking that skipping NBC talent for presentations would be fair play."
- UPDATE: 70th Primetime Emmys hit a new ratings low, based on early numbers
- A cringey, tone-deaf embarrassment and an enraging slog: This was the worst-produced awards show since James Franco and Anne Hathaway co-hosted the Oscars
- The Emmys joked about TV's lack of diversity, and then demonstrated it by handing out 22 of 26 awards to white nominees
- Michael Che and Colin Jost had the energy of two students giving a dutiful book report: Their jokes suggested they barely watched TV, and they looked like they'd rather be anywhere else
- It seemed like every presenting pair would've made better hosts than Che and Jost
- Opening "We Solved It" number upstaged hosts Che and Jost, making them uncomfortable, unfunny afterthoughts
- There should've been some award show chaos -- instead, Che and Jost took these crazy times and turned them into something humdrum
- Perhaps what was most admirable about the telecast was how little Trump came up
- It's remarkable that an Emmy ceremony that emphasized diversity awarded statues to shows that barely addressed race at all
- Honorees created moments that felt bigger than the show encasing them, from Henry Winkler to Thandie Newton
- Emmys steering clear of overt political gestures was a welcome change from last year
- Netflix topped all networks with five Emmy wins Monday night, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel led all shows with five wins
- Overall, HBO and Netflix tied with each taking home 23 Emmy awards this year
- Oscars director Glenn Weiss on his surprise Emmy proposal: I expected the Emmys director to cut me off and play me out
- Glenn Weiss considered warning the Emmys director about his proposal -- but the Emmys director was a rival in his category
- NBC's SNL and ABC's Oscar ceremony were the only broadcast winners Monday night
- John Oliver weighs in on Emmys ignoring Trump: “In the drinking game, I think we’re just trying to keep America sober"
- RuPaul wasted his RuPaul’s Drag Race historic Emmy victory by focusing himself instead of the LGBTQ community
- Atlanta was completely shut out as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel dominated the comedy categories
- Emmy winners (The Americans) and losers (Emmy bits)
- More winners (old people) and losers (the loudest crowd in recent memory)
- Darren Criss' lead actor in a limited series victory marked the second year in a row that an actor of Asian descent won in the category
- Hannah Gadsby nearly stole the show with her one minute of Emmys glory
- Emmys bleeped out Thandie Newton saying "I am so f*cking blessed to work with the people I have gotten to work with"
- Six of the most awkward moments: From the silences to Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph's awkward bit
- Donald Glover's Atlanta character Teddy Perkins was spotted in the audience -- played by SNL alum Jay Pharoah
- Henry Winkler and Ron Howard had a Happy Days reunion in the audience
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, HBO, NBC, Netflix, Atlanta, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Colin Jost, Darren Criss, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, Henry Winkler, John Oliver, Lorne Michaels, Michael Che, RuPaul Charles, Thandie Newton, Award Shows, Diversity, Emmys, Ratings
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 8:17AM EDT
Did Hannah Gadsby "subtweet" Michael Che during the Emmys?
Source: Vanity Fair
Emmys co-host Che has obliquely criticized Gadsby's Nanette while emphasizing repeatedly that he's never actually seen her critically acclaimed Netflix standup comedy special. On the Emmys, Gadsby seemed to fire back at her harshest critics, who apparently include Che and Norm Macdonald, who also has never seen the special. “What are jokes these days?” Hannah Gadsby asked during her time on stage. “We don’t know. Nobody knows what jokes are, but especially not men. Isn’t that right, fellas?”
Posted Saturday 9/08/18 at 12:54AM EDT
From Hannah Gadsby to Reggie Watts: How the nontraditional standup special took over comedy
"In 2018, we’re witnessing real momentum in the genre," says Nick Chen. "So much so that Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette and Drew Michael’s audience-less HBO hour are challenging what we consider the medium to even be."
Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 10:18PM EDT
Why Hannah Gadsby's Nanette is flawed
Source: The Outline
Comedy, says Peter Moskowitz, "is at its best when it helps audiences understand their relationship to trauma, not when it makes them feel comfortably woke." The thesis of Gadsby's Netflix special that "self-deprecation is counterproductive is weighted, whether or not she realizes it, with judgment," says Moskowitz. "There is no 'right way' to experience and process trauma." He adds: "It’s true that popular comedy has become staid and perhaps insufficient for our troubled times (nearly every Netflix special released in the last two years has been terrible), but saying that all comedy is problematic or unable to express trauma is like listening to Macklemore and deciding that all rap is boring, or watching Taken and deciding all movies contain a lot of racism and star Liam Neeson. Comedy can be radical; it’s just that when it is, it’s not typically on Netflix."
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 1:57PM EDT
Hannah Gadsby is following up her Nanette success with her memoir
Ten Steps to Nanette is due to be released in Australia next year, with plans for an American release. According to the publisher, the memoir follows “the funny and sometimes dark events of the Australian comedian’s life leading up to her realization that she had to quit comedy as she knew it.”
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Hannah Gadsby confirms to Jimmy Fallon she's not quitting comedy after her Nanette success: "If I quit, I’m an idiot now"
"If the show had gone as badly as I’d planned, it would have worked," she said last night on The Tonight Show of her plan to leave stand-up comedy. "But now I’m left with a choice: I’ll either be an idiot or a hypocrite. I’ll be a hypocrite.”
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 3:24AM EDT
Michael Che seems to be knocking Hannah Gadsby's Nanette, but he insists he's never seen it
The co-host of SNL's "Weekend Update" and this year's Emmys decried all the "anti-comedy comedy" that happening these days, referring to it as "standup tragedy" on Instagram. He also said rape stories aren't funny, and denounced the use of telling stories instead of jokes with punch lines.. Che seemed to be taking shots at Nanette. But when asked if he's seen it, Che responded: "no, i havent. stop asking me." Che kept repeating othat he has not seen Nanette.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
Stand-up comedy is evolving away from straight white men: Bill Maher is the past, and Hannah Gadsby represents its future
Gadsby's much buzzed-about Netflix special Nanette stands in stark contrast to Maher's recent HBO special Live from Oklahoma, says Matt Zoller Seitz. "The cultural tendencies and patriarchal tactics that Gadsby tears apart and then offers up for our inspection are presented without irony or comment in Maher’s Live From Oklahoma," he says. "Maher’s special is listless, comedy-flavored grumbling — an hour of the same formless, theoretically liberal but sounds libertarian posturing that fills up Real Time With Bill Maher. The gap between Gadsby’s vision and execution and Maher’s is vast. Imagine George Carlin’s career-redefining and still scathing What Am I Doing in New Jersey? on one side of a canyon, and on the other, a man in a suit yelling into his iPhone about political correctness while waiting on line at Whole Foods." Gadsby's Nanette almost directly criticizes Maher and other comedians of his ilk, "men who worked for decades to acquire the platforms they now possess, yet seem to take them for granted and are rarely caught pondering politics except as it relates to their ability to get the primo bookings they believe they’re entitled to," says Seitz. Older, established comedians like Maher, Jerry Seinfeld, Ricky Gervais, Larry David and Dave Chappelle "often natter on about 'political correctness' and the endangerment of 'free speech,' which in their case translates as the right to say whatever they want and never be criticized. In their minds, being called out constitutes a horrendous infringement on artistic freedom." At worst, he says, "they’re regurgitating old styles and points of view and sounding culturally as well as artistically conservative in the process. They’re coming at comedy from a defensive, even beleaguered position." But in actuality, complaints about "political correctness" are a fear that the status quo is changing. "No one, and I mean no one, is saying that straight guys, white or otherwise, shouldn’t have a place in comedy anymore," says Seitz. "Only that — like the brilliant (John) Mulaney, who has described himself on many occasions as the whitest man alive — in the future, they’ll have to take more risks and work harder to earn a spot that might’ve been more easily obtainable 20 or 30 years ago, when the sight of a woman or a person of color onstage was more of an anomaly. They’ll also have to listen, or at least pretend to listen, when somebody calls them out on their subject matter, their joke writing, or their political opinions. They’ll have to refrain from trying to short circuit debate by claiming that the other person is too sensitive or 'can’t take a joke' or is somehow endangering their free speech. And they’ll have to make peace with the fact that, if they’re able to claim a spot of prime cultural real estate, they’ll be expected to constantly defend it as they age, by becoming better at the art and craft than anyone who dares to accuse them of sucking up cultural oxygen that should be nourishing them instead. This might sound daunting. Maybe it is, if you’re Maher. But it’s ultimately no more unfair than expecting white athletes to work harder to claim a spot on professional teams after their sports were integrated." ALSO: Gadsby showed how stand-up comedy is broken, especially when it comes to humor in comedy.
Posted Saturday 7/07/18 at 10:36AM EDT
Hannah Gadsby jokes of her newfound Nanette fame: "It’s a bit much. I’ve had to go into hiding"
In a recent interview with Variety, Gadsby sounded overwhelmed, stunned and grateful that her Netflix standup special has become a viral sensation. “It’s really a wonderful moment,” she says. “I have been dipping in to see what people are saying, but it’s like a river. The only thing you need to know about a river is that it’s flowing.” Gadsby was in New York City performing Nanette when the stand-up special began taking off through word of mouth. “To get recognized in New York is weird because that’s definitely a place you shouldn’t be recognized,” she says. “I don’t quite know what to make of it.” Did she anticipate such an impact? "No. No. And what I couldn’t have anticipated is twofold," she says. "First, it seems incredible that such a difficult subject matter would get a wide reception. Secondly, being the person I am, I don’t dream like that. I always kept my expectations in life very tame. Someone asked me the other day if I’ve pinched myself and I said, ‘No, I’m too scared to. Because if I really did wake up and this was all a dream…what an a**hole!’”
- Gadsby’s performance is a tour de force in confrontation and a refusal to let comedy remain abstract
- Why the Netflix special felt especially poignant for Gadsby: Her mom was in the audience
- Gadsby and Jerry Seinfeld are an intriguing juxtaposition for Netflix and its comedy philosophy
- How Nanette could revolutionize stand-up comedy
- Gadsby seems to harness the broader fury of the #MeToo moment
- Why Nanette is so remarkable
- Nanette rewrites the history of art
- Nanette can be analyzed on second viewing as if it were The Usual Suspects
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 10:56PM EDT
Hannah Gadsby's Nanette comedy special calls out stand-up comedy's most pervasive bad habit
Many comedians excel because they are self-deprecating. "But when you are regularly treated as less than because of your societal status, self-deprecation can turn from an easy punchline into a toxic soup of identity politics and degradation," says Alison Foreman. She adds: "What makes Nanette a transformative work is not Gadsby's comedic chops, though they glisten throughout. Instead, the beauty of this piece is found in its verbalization of what so many of us self-deprecators, professional and amateur alike, feel on a daily basis—a need to excuse our own existence."
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 9:42PM EDT
Hannah Gadsby's Netflix stand-up special Nanette is a radical, transformative work of comedy
Source: The Atlantic
The Australian comic's word-of-mouth hit special, taped at the Sydney Opera House, is radical because of what she does in the middle of the 70-minute special. "She doesn’t just put her jokes on hold, she excavates them, showing the audience the rotten holes in her humor," says Sophie Gilbert. "She doesn’t indict people for laughing, but the subtext is clear. She indicts herself. Her entire 10-year career, she explains, is based on self-deprecation, but she doesn’t want to do that anymore." She dismantles and subverts everything about how humor is supposed to work. ALSO: Nanette will change stand-up comedy.
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 9:28PM EDT
"Netflix Discovery Syndrome": When a new Netflix property becomes a hit, despite a lack of promotion
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Comedian Hannah Gadsby's stand-up special Nanette and the Netflix original romcom movie Set It Up are examples of Netflix programming that has spread primarily through word of mouth, even though the streaming services spends a lot of money on promotion.