Hannah Gadsby: NanetteLatest News and Opinion
Posted Tuesday 12/11/18 at 3:31PM EST
Netflix names On My Block the No. 1 most binge-watched show of 2018
The streaming service has released two end-of-the-year lists, including one for "Most Binged Shows." The urban teen drama was, surprisingly, the most-binged show of the year, followed by Making a Murderer, 13 Reasons Why, Last Chance U and Bodyguard. Netflix's other list was for "Actors with the Biggest Instagram Boost." The list included Queer Eye's The Fab Five, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's Kiernan Shipka and Hannah Gadsby.
Posted Friday 10/26/18 at 1:44PM EDT
Jerry Seinfeld loves Hannah Gadsby's Nanette, thinks Louis CK could make a comeback but chose the wrong way, and reflects on Roseanne Barr and Bill Cosby
Source: The New York Times
Seinfeld spoke at length to The New York Times, again weighing in on the fall of his friend Louis CK. Asked if it was too soon for CK to be performing again, Seinfeld said: "It’s the way he did it that I think people didn’t like. Some people didn’t like that he’s doing it at all. We know the routine: The person does something wrong. The person’s humiliated. They’re exiled. They suffer, we want them to suffer. We love the tumble, we love the crash and bang of the fall. And then we love the crawl-back. The grovel. Are you going to grovel? How long are you going to grovel? Are you going to cry? Are you going to Jimmy Swaggart? And people, I think, figured they had that coming with Louie — he owes us that. We, the court of public opinion, decided if he’s going to come back, he’d better show a lot of pain. Because he denied them that." He also was asked about Gadsby's critically acclaimed Nanette, and how it's polarized the comedy community. "Loved it," he said. "She did a beautiful job, and the way she braided it with the art history she studied in school, that made it fascinating and fantastic." He added that Gadsby "stretched the form of standup" and that her special "is why people are excited about standup now." As for the fall of Cosby, whom he admired, Seinfeld said: "When that happens, that’s too big a safe falling out of a window to ignore. The crash is too loud. The thing I think that’s new for people — let’s take Roseanne and Cosby — is the suddenness and the precipitous fall. So much work, gone so fast. We’re upset at the speed of it, because it’s new. I would say about Roseanne, I never saw anything that bad happen from a finger-tap on a screen. A whole career: gone."
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:08AM EDT
Hannah Gadsby is reportedly dating Transparent creator Jill Soloway
Source: Page Six
Page Six reports that Soloway and the star of Netflix standup special sensation Nanette have been an item since the summer. “Jill recently went to Australia to meet Hannah’s family,” a source tells Page Six. Soloway spoke about Gadsby just last week at a TimesTalk event, without revealing they were dating, saying they were "so blown away" by Nanette.
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 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.