Hannah Gadsby To Call It Quits: Nanette Contours The Limits Of The Comedic Medium

| July 8 , 2018 , 18:56 IST

Stand up comedian, Hannah Gadsby's Nanette met with a pealing applause from the audience and critics, after it dropped on Netflix on June 19.

The show not only made a side-splitting watch but also opened a gathering much needed conversation about the representation of the LGBTQ community in day to day lives.

Nanette is not comedy, but the self-narrated story of a damaged self broken by homophobia, gender and its comedienne remind us, the straight white men. During the course of the show, she raised some serious questions about issues which have been used as vehicles for comedy over the years.

But what came as a shock that the Australian the stand-up comedian called it quits and admits that she has made a career out of self-deprecating humour.

The artist spoke to variety and opened up about reactions post-Nanette and future plans.

Speaking about the inundation of appreciation coming her way after Nanette, the ever-quirky Gadsby said, "It’s a bit much. I’ve had to go into hiding."

"I've been dipping in to see what people are saying, but it’s like a river. The only thing you need to know about a river is that it’s flowing," she further added.

Through her gritty dry sarcastic humour, she tears apart the core understanding of several incidents-  "Maybe" – as Gadsby comments on the incident – "if comedians had done their job properly and made fun of the man who abused his power, then perhaps we might have had a middle-aged woman with an appropriate amount of experience in the White House, instead of, as we do, a man who openly admitted to sexually assaulting vulnerable young women because he could."

She talked about some of her personal tweaking experiences with boiling anger, She asked why is it that the society is so hell bent on compartmentalising humans as early as the moment they are born. Why – she asks – would we want a child to be ‘soaked in shame’ simply because they don’t fit in, and give the right to hate and abuse to another, who could have been taught love and kindness with a little bit of effort?

She explained these societal vices through her personal gut wrenching and traumatic experiences of being a queer woman as well as a comedian as clear cut reflections to what's wrong with the world. She never gave any solutions, but puts forth things as they are and left the audeince to decide.  

when Variety asked Gadsby the most-important question — of whether she is really quitting comedy — she replied saying: "I don’t think I would have found the success if I hadn’t taken my place in the world apart. So in order to find this success, I really did need to declare I was quitting comedy and mean it. But you know, everyone’s allowed to change their mind."