Nanette (show)

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Written by Hannah Gadsby
Starring Hannah Gadsby
Distributed by Netflix
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Country Australia
Language English

Nanette (also known as Hannah Gadsby: Nanette) is a stand-up comedy act written and performed by Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby, which debuted in 2017. The work includes social commentary, especially about LGBTQ issues. In June 2018, Netflix released a video of Gadsby's performance of the work at the Sydney Opera House. Gadsby's live performances and the video have received critical praise.


Gadsby uses the piece to deconstruct the nature of comedy and asks the "straight white male" to undergo the same tension that marginalised people go through every day. She does this by explaining her experience as a lesbian and gender non-conforming woman. She explains that some are brought up to hate themselves, while others are brought up with the license to hate others. She structures the piece around claiming she is giving up comedy; she has since stated that she is not doing so after all due to the surprising response to her show.[1]


The show was originally named after a woman Gadsby had met, whom she thought could be turned into an hour's worth of material. During the writing process she realised this wasn't the case, but the name had already been chosen. She ended up ignoring this inconsistency and wrote an hour of material unrelated to Nanette.[2] The initial shows were more combative with the audience, and made Gadsby feel victimised, so to get the audience more on her side she added more jokes and relieved more tension throughout the show's run.[1]


Gadsby has performed Nanette throughout Australia, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and in the United States. Her 2018 performances in New York City received positive reviews.[3][4] The show was performed for the final time on July 27, 2018, in Montreal.


Nanette won Best Comedy at the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Festival.[5][6]

In April 2017 Nanette won the Barry Award for the most outstanding comedy act at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.[7]

In July 2017 Gadsby won the Best Comedy Performer for Nanette at the annual Helpmann Awards.[8]

At the 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Awards, Nanette shared the award for Best Comedy Show.[9]


On June 20, 2018, Netflix released a film of Gadsby's performance of the work at the Sydney Opera House under the title Hannah Gadsby: Nanette. The film has won widespread acclaim.[10][11][12]

As of July 30, 2018, on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the video holds an approval rating of 100% based on 34 reviews, with an average rating of 9.1/10, and with the following critical consensus: "Hannah Gadsby: Nanette brilliantly moves modern comedy into nakedly honest new territory, pivoting from dry humor to raw, powerful storytelling."[13]


  1. ^ a b "Hannah Gadsby Chats About Her Netflix Special, 'Hannah Gadsby: Nanette'". YouTube. June 19, 2018. Retrieved July 21, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Hannah Gadsby Got Into Comedy Because of a Broken Wrist". Late Night with Seth Meyers. YouTube. June 15, 2018. Retrieved July 21, 2018. 
  3. ^ Zinoman, Jason (March 19, 2018). "Introducing a Major New Voice in Comedy (Who Also Attacks Comedy)". The New York Times. Retrieved July 21, 2018. 
  4. ^ Da Costa, Cassie (May 2, 2018). "The Funny, Furious Anti-Comedy of Hannah Gadsby". The New Yorker. Condé Nast. Retrieved July 21, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Hannah Gadsby named joint winner of Comedy Award". ABC News. AAP. 27 August 2017. Retrieved 27 July 2018. 
  6. ^ "Banksa Overall Fringe Award Winners - Best Comedy". Adelaide Fringe. 19 March 2017. Retrieved 27 July 2018. 
  7. ^ Francis, Hannah (23 April 2017). "Hannah Gadsby wins Barry Award at 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 July 2018. 
  8. ^ Francis, Hannah (25 July 2017). "Helpmann Awards 2017 winners: Kosky's Saul and Belvoir's The Drover's Wife dominate". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 July 2018. 
  9. ^ Thorpe, Vanessa (26 August 2017). "Edinburgh festival fringe comedy award shared for first time". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 July 2018. 
  10. ^ Ganajan, Mahita (June 18, 2018). "How Hannah Gadsby Channeled Her Own Trauma, Bill Cosby and Monica Lewinsky in the New Netflix Comedy Special 'Nanette'". Time. Retrieved July 21, 2018. 
  11. ^ Husband, Andrew (June 18, 2018). "Hannah Gadsby Wants 'Nanette' To Give You 'A Shock'". Forbes. Retrieved July 21, 2018. 
  12. ^ von Busack, Richard (July 18, 2018). "Tasmanian Tigress". North Bay Bohemian. Metro Newspapers. p. 22. Retrieved July 21, 2018. 
  13. ^ "Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved July 30, 2018. 

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