Han­nah Gadsby

Virgin Australia Voyeur - - STARS OF 2018 -

SHE IN­TENDED TO RE­TIRE FROM COM­EDY — THEN HER FAREWELL SHOW BE­CAME A WORLD­WIDE SMASH. WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE IN­CI­SIVE TAS­MA­NIAN?

Ihave built a ca­reer out of self-dep­re­cat­ing hu­mour and I don’t want to do that any more,” Gadsby tells the au­di­ence in her ca­reer-defin­ing one-woman show Nanette. “Do you un­der­stand what self-dep­re­ca­tion means when it comes from some­body who al­ready ex­ists in the mar­gins? It’s not hu­mil­ity: it’s hu­mil­i­a­tion.” So be­gins one of the most ex­tra­or­di­nary pieces of cre­ative work to emerge from Aus­tralia in re­cent years. It’s a trea­tise on how hu­mour fails the vul­ner­a­ble and a ri­otously funny in­ter­ro­ga­tion of modern Aus­tralian life. Nanette played to packed houses around Aus­tralia, but it wasn’t un­til Netflix op­tioned the global rights it be­came a main­stream smash, prompt­ing a New York the­atre run.

Will the 40-year-old re­turn to live com­edy in 2019? It seems likely. But first, there’s a book to write: Ten Steps to Nanette, which will ex­pand on the most star­tling anec­dotes from the show.

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