Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby's first Netflix special, Nanette, is garnering a lot of praise for its candid take on topics like mental health and sexuality. Released just two weeks ago, the comedy special begins with deadpan humor before delving deep into Gadsby's personal stories regarding homophobia and abuse, deftly tackling the #MeToo movement in the process. She even says at one point that she's quitting comedy and many viewers say they can understand why by the end of her set.
Filmed at the Sydney Opera House, the special has been hailed as a triumph, jettisoning the genre of stand-up into new territory.
Check out the response on Twitter:
Some found that Nanette made them feel uncomfortable, but in a way that they eagerly admit they needed:
nanette broke me into a thousand pieces and put me back together and i’m different now but also a lot better— Cool Ranch DuBois (@losertakesall) July 2, 2018
Hailed as "radical" and "transformative" by The Atlantic, people can't seem to say enough good things about Nanette, including Charlotte Clymer, the transgender woman and activist with the Human Rights Campaign who was kicked out of a D.C. restaurant for using the women's restroom last month:
"This whole idea, this romanticizing of mental illness, is ridiculous. It is not a ticket to genius. It's a ticket to fucking nowhere."— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) July 2, 2018
"When you soak a child in shame..."
If you need me, I'll be sobbing after watching @Hannahgadsby's phenomenal "Nanette" special on Netflix.
From what viewers are saying, it sounds like a program that everyone should watch:
Just watched the Hannah Gadsby special “Nanette”. It’s a masterclass in many things, not the least of which is humanity. I’ll watch it again tomorrow because it is that good and that important.— Cindy Gauthier (@elightkeeper) July 2, 2018
.@Hannahgadsby To say #Nanette is profound and powerful is such a weak cliché when this is your life and you have opened it up to us in the hope that we can look in the mirror, learn, and do better. Thank you for trusting us with your story, I hope we can change— Louisa Sampson (@Notes4romLouisa) July 2, 2018