Hannah Gadsby said it all, all too well Image: Netflix
We all love a good stand-up show, don't we? But have you noticed how comedy basically stems from the comic's self-deprecating humour? That's a classic formula. And comic Hannah Gadsby, hailing from Tasmania, Australia, had also taken the same route. But there are things she would like to change about that.
She wants to tell her story, not through that lens of self-deprecating humour, but by talking about the real stuff as it happened. Real pain, real struggle, the whole truth and not the part of the story she strung together to appeal to her audience. She has a message for the gender-normals, and we think it's loud and clear.
If you are looking to release some tension, and in the process learn about how a lesbian woman — still ashamed to come out to her grandmom, BTW — takes on the whole world with her monologue, then you absolutely must watch Hannah Gadsby's Nanette on Netflix.
The woman brought together history, arts, comedy, sexism, patriarchy, gender debate, homophobia, LGBT community, abuse, assault, social issues — basically everything — in one show. Yes, in one show.
You would start streaming with the assumption that it's like any other stand-up video, but two minutes into it and you'd know how wrong you are. She has packed some extremely hilarious jokes into serious conversation and vice versa. Her sense of humour is dry and she says things that will hit you right where it hurts.
Hannah not only takes on society in general, and especially the straight up white men single-handedly, but she also leaves you with haunting thoughts about how you perceive comedy.
She rightfully says that a story has three parts – a beginning, a middle and an end, and a joke only has two – a beginning and a middle. She wants to tell her story and not a joke.
By the second half of it, she is angry. Furious. But she doesn't want to spread that anger. She just wants to tell her story, and that's why she has to quit comedy. Her jokes are relatable, special and you have to watch it to feel the mixed bag of emotions.
Netizens are already talking about her and her show, and we think we all should.
Way to go Hannah, this content is gold. And tell your story, we are listening.