A show that just came out on Netflix a few weeks ago has become the focus of a lot of attention and discussion.
“Before this week, you probably hadn’t heard of Hannah Gadsby. But since her stand-up special ‘Nanette’ dropped on Netflix June 19, the internet can’t stop talking about the Australian comedian,” The New York Post reports.
Celebrities including Thandie Newton and Kathy Griffin have been raving about the show, with some calling it a masterpiece.
The report quotes a fan who wrote on Twitter: “Just like Richard Pryor, George Carlin and Bill Hicks fundamentally reshaped and redefined the scope of stand-up, ‘Nanette’ has taken the medium to a whole new level.”
The Post reports that “Nanette” is not an ordinary stand-up special.
“Gadsby has been prominent in Australia since 2006, and ‘Nanette’ marks her debut for a more international audience,” the story reports. “She’s gay, and the first 10 minutes of ‘Nanette’ feature the kind of self-deprecating jokes about her own identity that you’d expect from a comedian: ‘My first show, I told lots of jokes about homophobia — really solved that problem!’”
The Post report adds: “But as the show goes on, she segues into darker material. At one point she tells a funny story about her reaction when a man tried to beat her up for flirting with his girlfriend. After explaining that tension is integral to the structure of a joke, she later circles back to the story and confesses that he did, in fact, beat her up — but that part doesn’t make for good comedy.”