My friends and co-workers can attest that I’ve been RAVING non-stop about a certain show for weeks…
Have you seen Nanette? I found the comedy special while scrolling aimlessly through Netflix one night and decided to give it a go. I had no idea what I was in for.
Written and performed by gay comedian Hannah Gadsby, Nanette is the most powerful thing I’ve seen on screen in a long, long time. It starts out as any stand-up set would, with a light tone and hearty punchlines. But, 30 minutes in, there’s a stark shift in energy.
“Do you understand what self-deprecation means when it comes from someone who exists, and always has done, in the margins? It isn’t humility. It’s humiliation. I make fun of myself in order to make other people feel more comfortable with my difference. And I decided I don’t want to do that anymore. Not to myself or anybody who may identify with me.”
From there on out, Gadsby expertly weaves social commentary on identity, assault, homophobia and misogyny into her narrative that holds the audience’s attention in the palm of her hand. I don’t want to give too much away, but as Rolling Stone noted, “It will likely go down as one of the greatest stand-up sets of our time.”
I was so rocked after watching that I scoured the internet for everything Hannah-Gadsby-related, and ended up getting tickets to see her perform Nanette live. It was even more moving the second time. Near the end of her set, she said, “Laughter is not our medicine. Stories hold our cure.” I couldn’t agree more.
Here’s the trailer, if you’d like to see:
What are you watching these days? We’d love to hear your recommendations. Joanna has been devouring 2 Dope Queens, the stand-up comedy series based on the podcast by Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson, and Stella can’t get enough of HBO’s new crime drama Sharp Objects, based on the bone-chilling novel by Gillian Flynn (of Gone Girl fame).
(Top photo by Robert W. Kelley.)