Stand-up comic Hannah Gadsby is to return to live performance with her 11th stand-up show. The new show, entitled Douglas, will premiere in Melbourne on 27 March, before embarking on a tour of the US. It’s her first tour of the US. Further European and Australian dates will follow.
Gadsby discovered a new worldwide following with her last show, Nanette. The openly gay comic said at the time the show would probably be her last.
However, that was before it was picked up by streaming service Netflix. Debuting last June, the show’s worldwide popularity brought Gadsby, 41, a whole new audience.
Douglas shows named after Gadsby’s dog
Announcing her new show and tour, which is named after her beloved dog, she told the Hollywood Reporter why she had decided to go back out on the road. She said she was returning to what she was ‘really good at … instead of trying to learn a whole new skill set [like acting] and translate my creativity into a whole new genre or artform.
‘My whole life and world has changed, so there’s no real reason to change absolutely everything. There’s a certain amount of comfort in going back on stage in an environment that I’m somewhat familiar with — although it’s my first US tour. It’s still new.’
She said she had been taken back by the amount of positive attention she received for Nanette. The new show explores this.
‘The negative attention, I’m well-learned in handling that! It doesn’t really upset me that I [received] a bit of hostility — because I know how to handle that.
‘I thought it was interesting for me and I’ve been thinking a lot about how does one who is well-practiced in the art of negative attention deal with a sudden influx of positive attention?’
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— Hannah Gadsby (@Hannahgadsby) February 4, 2019
Power and privilege
In December, Gadsby made headlines for a speech she gave at the Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment breakfast. In it, she talked about ‘good men’ who talk about misogyny and see themselves as separate to those deemed ‘bad men’.
‘All men believe they are good … [But] Women should be in control of that line, no questions,’ she said during her speech.
Asked about whether it will figure in the new show, Gadsby said her performances tended to feature both serious matter and comedy.
‘I can’t help but think about serious stuff. I tend not to try and dwell too much on specifics at this point of the creative process. There’s about four hours of show that I’m whittling down. But I’m interested in the dynamics of power and privilege.