The great Gadsby

Hannah Gadsby’s electrifying, not-so-funny stand-up special has started a cultural conversation about storytelling, identity, and what comedy even is, writes Thomas Ricard

12th August, 2018
Hannah Gadsby in Nanette, the stand-up special which has made her a star

It’s a story Hannah Gadsby has told many times before. In a halting delivery, punctuated with “uhs” and nervous grins, she recounts that time she flirted with a woman at a bus stop and was promptly shoved around by said woman’s irate boyfriend. Her voice turns into a comical drunken slur as she imitates the man’s “faggot” insults and his embarrassed apologies upon realising his target’s gender - “I’m so sorry, I don’t hit women!”...

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