Hannah Gadsby: Nanette Reviews

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.
November 20, 2018
When Gadsby wrenches out her pain on stage, she reveals her strength, rage, and yes, winning humor.
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.
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 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.
July 19, 2018
She offers an alternative to privilege and hate that is so simple, so beautiful and so right, it shimmers.
July 19, 2018
The laughs of her show are a means to an end, which is, at its core, a ferocious attack on comedy itself.
July 6, 2018
Storytelling is important to Gadsby, and the biggest point she makes in the special is that we've been telling ourselves stories the wrong way.
July 5, 2018
Gadsby invites us in, pushes us back. She reveals and withdraws and then finally, devastatingly, reveals so much that the pain and anger seeps from the screen. It is remarkable.
July 5, 2018
What Gadsby does in this unassuming sneak attack is disassembly of the artistry and trick of comedy itself.
July 5, 2018
It might not be the funniest routine you watch all year, but it's unique, and it will make you think.
July 3, 2018
In Nanette we witness the shock of the new, a voice that dares to speak to this frustrating and often hideous cultural moment, a comedian willing to drop the act. I would call Gadsby a genius, but she would likely push back against that term.
Top Critic
July 3, 2018
This is different. Not a little different, but totally different.
June 28, 2018
Art, Gadsby makes clear-from painting to comedy-does not liberate everyone equally. It can replicate the same privileges and exclusions as the culture in which it was made.
June 28, 2018
In Nanette, Gadsby strains against the impulse to end every joke with a punchline. To diffuse the tension as such would be a cop-out. She wants the audience to sit with it...powerful, uncomfortable, and searingly angry.
June 28, 2018
Standup is, at its core, about an understanding of the power of shared space. Nanette takes that shared space and bursts it open.
June 27, 2018
Nanette is the kind of work that leaves you shaken. Not because it's really funny (it really is), or because it's equally heartbreaking, but because it finds a fusion of those two modes that's incandescent.