A Quick Note About Hannah Gadsby’s “Nanette”

A lot has been said about Nanette, Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix special. Released last week (I provided a teaser for the trailer round-up that weekend), the special was a slow burn that exploded this week as critics and fans found and streamed Gadsby’s special.

Moira Donegan at The New Yorker says Gadsby is “the comedian forcing comedy to confront the #MeToo era.” Sophie Gilbert at Atlantic calls the special a “transformative work of comedy” and the jokes “riotous, but they’re laced with something darker, more caustic.” Kathryn Lindsay at Refinery 29 says the special will “change the world.” (I agree.) Vulture has a lot of coverage, but I think their look at Gadsby’s work is comprehensive and worth a look at when you’ve finished the special.

Nanette is funny, powerful, and angry. It’s thoughtful, heartfelt, explosive, and ridiculously honest. I didn’t realize how much I needed to laugh about the world we live in, and how badly I (a straight, white woman!) wanted her anger to be seen. Gadsby’s not making comedy for me, but we would be remiss at Screen Scholars if we did not give you a friendly nudge with an urging to watch Nanette. Our goal is to tell you about what’s good (and, occasionally, what’s not) in media, and suffice to say, Nanette is…great.

Nanette is streaming now on Netflix. We love you.

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