Last night we watched Hannah Gadsby’s ‘Nanette’, her Netflix special. This was our first time watching her ‘stand-up’. Apparently she relies on self-deprecating humor in her act. But this special, she literally disavowed her style and even went to the extent of retiring from comedy.
“I built a career out of self-deprecation, and I don’t want to do that anymore,” she says. “Because you do understand what self -deprecation means from somebody who already exists in the margins? It’s not humility. It’s humiliation.”
It was more of a narration of her personal journey as a lesbian growing up in Tasmania. Interspersed with humor, she delivered several gut punches with unapologetic expression of anger. It was more of a performance art than a routine standup act. The last time I saw something close was Neal Brennan’s ‘3 Mics’. I don’t want to reveal much lest I spoil the experience for you but I highly recommend that you all should watch ‘Nanette’ just so that you’re aware of the privilege that you and especially straight white men live with.