Hannah Gadsby: Nanette Reviews

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December 11, 2019
Gadsby realized that turning her pain into comedy actually forced her to create a specific narrative of her own life that she repeated night after night until it became her reality.
November 22, 2019
Gadsby grabs your attention with jokes and then slowly and expertly peels back layers to reveal a deep well of shame and anger.
August 5, 2019
Hannah Gadsby spins her own life story into a clever, raging and confronting spiel against misogyny, homophobia and even the tired old tropes of comedy itself.
December 29, 2018
She also claps back against the idols of her early life, men like Louis C.K. who've now become the problem. In other words, Gadsby's not holding any punches with this one.
November 20, 2018
When Gadsby wrenches out her pain on stage, she reveals her strength, rage, and yes, winning humor.
September 24, 2018
What follows is a tour de force of comedy as in-your-face truth-telling. And it moves well beyond the unwritten rules of the laugh-a-minute, observational and adolescent-inflected stand-up that has long dominated the form.
September 24, 2018
Gadsby is tired of censoring her own pain for the sake of making audiences feel comfortable. Nanette is a testament to this. It's time to make audiences feel uncomfortable in order to wake them up.
September 13, 2018
It becomes so much more than stand-up... Very sophisticated, and something that I wasn't expecting.
August 13, 2018
Gadsby turns comedy on its head.
August 2, 2018
I am also exactly who this special is for. For Gadsby's fury is directed at people like me with laser-like acumen, humor and sobering grace.
July 27, 2018
It's not a repudiation of history, but it is a reminder that history is over and that the strategies that served us well at one time may not be appropriate today.
July 27, 2018
Righteously angry, she shows us the real woman behind the amused persona we first met.
July 23, 2018
It's a startling performance, moving slowly but inexorably from barbed sweetness to outright rage, and it should take most viewers, especially men, right out of their comfort zone.
July 19, 2018
Nanette isn't for someone who wants to laugh a lung out, and yet it's something everyone should see.
July 19, 2018
The beauty of this piece is found in its verbalization of what so many of us self-deprecators, professional and amateur alike, feel on a daily basis-a need to excuse our own existence.
July 19, 2018
Gadsby's show is a tricksy, self-conscious beast, full of sleight of hand... It is a strange, rare thing: a comedy show that hopes you don't leave laughing.
July 19, 2018
That story is both funny and horrible, and Gadsby has told it over and over again. But this time, she doesn't just want to laugh it off.
July 19, 2018
You can believe this was a show that existed only in this moment and you feel elevated from being a part of it.
July 19, 2018
Gadsby explains how comedy works, how tension is broken to bring relief. By the end, there is no relief for the audience. But perhaps there is some for Gadsby. After years of telling jokes, she is finally telling her story.
Top Critic
July 19, 2018
When you take the anti-irony train all the way to the end of the line, one place you can end up is Nanette.
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