Now that Hannah Gadsby’s godawful production (I dare not call it ‘stand-up comedy,’ or a ‘special,’ it’s not special at all) has had some time to sink in to our current culture and prove that it’s contents are not going away anytime soon, I guess I have to honour the topic with a post. I wish we’d all forgotten about this garbage right now so I could let it drift away with the past, but people are easily impressed and it looks like it’s going to be a cultural fixture for a while now. I have exactly nine issues with it.

  1. It’s not comedy. It’s not funny in the slightest.
  2. It’s basically unwatchable. The jokes that are actually jokes aren’t funny. Me and my partner tried to watch it together twice, and each time made it no further than six minutes. Together they made the longest twelve minutes of my life.
  3. I have since familiarized myself with the content of the rest of the ‘special,’ for the sake of writing this article. Still not funny.
  4. She talks about the importance of telling her story. She could have simply written an autobiography. There is a best way to tell every single story, and that’s why we have so many different artistic mediums. She did not choose the best way she could have shared hers.
  5. It is setting a new precedent for “comedy,” being called “post-comedy,” where the elements of traditional stand-up comedy are being used for storytelling and jokes are irrelevant. This is ridiculous. That is what books are for.
  6. Her facial expressions are oddly uncomfortable to watch.
  7. The hating-on-men “jokes”, in particular hating-on-white-men “jokes”, which, like the rest of her special, weren’t really “jokes”
  8. She’s still going on about the gender wage gap, even though it’s old news and has been debunked by many leading economists, with those unfunny jokes about how much she hates white men.
  9. She claims that comedy is self-deprecation, and self-deprecation is bad for her “marginalized identity.” This is an incredibly incorrect and dangerous idea to promote, because can only lead to people taking their identities too seriously and becoming more obsessed with identity politics. It is a ridiculous notion that comedy cannot take on marginalized identities, when comedy has done more to help groups of people gain acceptance over the course of time. Humour reaches people everywhere. Richard Prior, Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle in their respective time periods did far more good in the fight against racism than Malcolm X, and other people who took their identities super seriously, did.

At least now that she’s ‘left’ comedy we won’t have to worry about her promoting any more of these garbage ideas through another show like that, but ‘Nanette’ was a such a smash it has already fuelled the identity-central politics of many poorly educated young people. If comedy really starts to suck even more in the next few years, you know who you can point a finger at.

TL;DR: check out Owen Benjamin’s review of the trailer.

-Senior Editor A.

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