Rave reviews for Hannah Gadsby: Nanette

Hannah Gadsby: Nanette is currently performing at SoHo Playhouse in New York this week.

After dropping on Netflix on Tuesday, the show is electrifying those who have witnessed it.

The New Yorker:
In daring to move beyond the not-so-subversive container of a joke, “Nanette”—as uproariously funny as it is profoundly furious—is what I and more than a few other well-dressed lesbians, I imagine, hope will be a new, and not the last, chapter of a brilliant career.

Daily Review:
Nanette oozes emotion, like a raw and weeping wound, but has the strength of a great mind and a canny comedian behind it. Perhaps our feelings toward Gadsby after watching this brilliant show can be summarised in a word: bravo.

What will stick with you from her hour-long special is the sucker-punch to the soul, the lump in your throat, and the indignity at how callous the world can be. But there is more to it than that… because it is funny too.

The Cut:
Gadsby goes on to describe a series of similarly horrific traumas she’s experienced in her life, rooted in other peoples’ homophobia and misogyny. The audience is silent, which is how Gadsby wants them. Comedy may be all about alleviating tension through laughter, but here there is no opportunity for the audience to dismiss her words as jokes.

As I watched Nanette I felt my eyes lock with Gadsby’s, and even though she was was being filmed standing before a packed audience in one of Australia’s most iconic venues, her words shook with such intensity that I felt like she was speaking only to me.

The Daily Dot:
In the last 10 minutes or so, Gadsby lets the anger take her, and the audience sits in near-silence. This might seem antithetical to what a comedy show is, but Nanette is revising those parameters, testing the joke structure that rests on setup-punchline, and attacking those ingrained ideas about how comedians must turn pain into jokes.

On Twitter:

Watch Hannah Gadsby’s ‘Nanette’ on Netflix. Trust me. TRUST me. Brilliantly raw. Vital. I’m speechless.

I was openly sobbing by the end of Hannah Gadsby’s “Nanette” because she’s concisely articulated the threads of fury running through my life which I’ve only just now begun to identify and resolve. If I could, I’d give her a hug from pure gratitude.

Today has been a terribly hard day for me. So I watched Nanette – by Hannah Gadsby. It starts as comedy and moved into something extraordinary. In the recent discussions around humanity I’d recommend you all watch it.

Hannah Gadsby’s show ‘Nanette’ is the best show I’ve ever seen. I saw it a year ago and I can still feel it. Now it’s on Netflix. It’s won all the awards everywhere. It’s incredible.

Oh my. Wow. I just finished @Hannahgadsby’s Nanette. You absolutely must see it. Please. Go watch it now. It’s probably the most powerful thing I’ve ever seen. Oh my god.

So @Hannahgadsby is a genius. Nanette on Netflix is the most powerful comedy special I’ve ever seen. I’m in tears. Gutted.

oh wow you all told me Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette was a masterpiece but you didn’t emphasise quite how much it was a MASTERPIECE and that the final 10 minutes would feel like being repeatedly stabbed in heart.


  1. wellinmyopinion

    Raw emotion like i have never seen. I thought it was a pure comedy special so was not ready for what came next. Unlike others, where you feel anger and pain is sometimes manufactured, she spoke from the heart and delivered an extremely powerful message that truly touched me. I congratulate her for this and for her enduring strength.

  2. What an emotional, inspirational and funny hour. Please watch….there are so many powerful messages and this comes from ‘a straight white male’. Hannah you are amazing

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