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Hannah Gadsby Nanette

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).

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(Top photo by Robert W. Kelley.)

  1. Nanette was absolutely breathtaking and overwhelmed, I recommend this 100% to everybody.
    Also recommend:
    -The killing
    -Glow 1 and 2
    – Sherlock (old one but goodie)

  2. Bree says...

    I can’t believe there’s only one mention of The OA here! It’s incredible. Just watched Nanette. Wow, moving.

  3. Danielle says...

    My husband and I started watching The Man in High Castle on Amazon Prime and we are ADDICTED.

  4. It’s probably already been recommended on here already, but just in case you should check out Please Like Me! It’s an Australian show that has Hannah Gadsby as one of the side characters and it is equally brilliant.

  5. Kyla says...

    My guilty pleasure is The Bold Type – 3 young women at a NY magazine but get this, they have money worries, career worries, relationship worries, awkward convos about race and privilege, an equal parts scary and supportive boss – I think it’s genuinely great.

  6. Georgia says...

    She is in an Australian show called ‘Please Like Me’, which is well worth a watch. She is so so wonderful.

  7. Brad says...

    Thanks a ton for such a great recommendation.

  8. K says...

    Killing Eve
    Nanette
    Wild Wild Country
    Barry
    Schitt’s Creek

  9. Hannah says...

    I’ve read so many good things about Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette and tonight, as I’m sitting in my hotel room on a business trip, finally was able to watch it. I roared with laughter, nodded my head so many times in agreement, and finally shed tears enough to make my mascara run movie-like down my cheeks. The show has moved me in ways I can’t put into words and I’ll be thinking about it for a long, long time. Everyone NEEDS to watch it.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, hannah! that’s wonderful.

    • Maureen says...

      100% agree–I can’t put it into words but I am changed for watching Nanette. I don’t know if Hannah Gadsby was inspired by Tig Notaro but I felt nods to Tig’s Boyish Girl Interrupted.

  10. Gemma Burgess says...

    LOVE all these suggestions.

    My top three shows this year (so far):
    Barry
    Glow 2
    Get Shorty

    Last year, Fleabag was my first my last my everything.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      agree on fleabag!!! and barry’s final episode was a masterpiece.

  11. Jess says...

    KILLING EVE. Best thing I have watched in a while. Great wardrobe, acting and script – best of all, it really digs into female psychology in all the right ways.

  12. Mrs Z says...

    Sharp Objects is awful. Full of cliches & most of the actors mumbling words.

  13. Mary says...

    Anne with an E! Season 2 just started on Netflix and it’s excellent. I loved the eighties version and I love this one. It’s like how my children are very different but I love them equally. And yes, I just compared my feelings about this show to my feelings about my children :)

  14. Tracey says...

    Fauda, on Netflix. My husband and I have devoured this series. We are nearing the end of season 2 and though we won’t be keeping as many late nights, we will be waiting anxiously for the release of season 3, which I think won’t be out until Spring 2019.

  15. Hilary says...

    Has anyone seen Wentworth? Australian womens’ prison Drama on Netflix. IT IS A HIDDEN GEM! can’t get enough. compelling characters!

  16. Brook says...

    I can list on one hand, a number of experiences that have touched me deeply and given me a perspective outside of myself: 1. Being invited to stargaze after 9.11 by my astronomy professor in college 2. Watching Exit Through the Gift Shop on the recommendation of a dear friend while caring for my dying mother and finally 3. Watching Nanette while caring for my darling 9 month old in the midst of Trump and family separation. Thank you a million times over. All of these experiences have me hope in the midst of great tragedy. What a gift

  17. Brook says...

    I can list on one hand the number of times something powerful has lifted me out of myself and my current situation: 1. My astronomy professor inviting my class to stargaze days after 9.11. 2. A dear friend recommending I watch the documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop while I was home caring for my Mom while she was dying of cancer and finally 3. Watching Nanette while at home caring for my darling 9 month old in the midst of Trump and family separation. Thank you a million times over. I am so very, very touched and grateful. Nanette was incredible and like the other 2 experiences I mentioned, it gave me such a sense of hope and connection.

  18. rachel leroux says...

    Thank you for such a great recommendation.

  19. Emily says...

    Just finished the Handmaid’s Tale, season 2, and Westworld, both of which I highly recommend. Can’t wait for Insecure to come back soon and I’m also hoping to start the Americans soon! Speaking of comedy, I loved Ali Wong’s two Netflix specials. Somehow I missed the first one but watched both back to back this week and died laughing.