Everyone who's raving about Hannah Gadsby's special 'Nanette' is right

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/07/06/everyone-whos-raving-about-h.html

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I was thinking about it for days after I saw it. Incredible. And very insightful dissection about what makes a joke… A must-see.

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Toldya

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I watched it having no idea what I was getting in to. I’d have to concur that it was a pretty powerful performance. It is rather heavy at times, so don’t go in to this thinking it is a comedic performance (though there is comedy, I think it is a more serious performance.)

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So it turns out that someone did indeed call Pablo Picasso an asshole.

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It’s the best and most important thing I’ve ever seen on Netflix. I’m not exaggerating. I’m glad Boing Boing is highlighting it.

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Absolutely! Having the combined comedy/art history perspective was an eye-opener.

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Well, for some. The Guerilla Girls have been on that shit for decades.

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How weird, I’ve never heard of this comedian or special. Today I was driving to Houston and put on a podcast, the particular episode was a few weeks old and the host mentioned Nanette. Didn’t think much of it at the time but I’ll definitely check it out now :slight_smile:

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Watched it the other night. From belly laughs to gut punches, both most needed right now.

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You’ll need an Oz IP address (got VPN?), if watching on your phone switch the browser to desktop mode to sidestep the ‘you need the app’ bullshit.

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Therapeutic. I hope everyone who needs to see this gets to, which is…everyone.

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Here’s a word I’ve never seen before that seems apt:

seriocomedy

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Holy crap.

So, so good. Hilarious, heartbreaking. Just finished watching it with my wife - we both cried.

I want to make everybody watch it now.

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Look.
I’m really happy for those who enjoyed it.
But I would like to modestly, respectfully, never making eye contact, like to express my opinion here, so that perhaps I might find someone who feels the same and makes us both feel less alone.
Is that OK?

I found it unfunny, unclever, about 10 years too late to be “cutting edge” or “much needed” and full of clumsy generalisations. Sure, it played with the form a little bit to make a point, and I believe her sincerity and all that…but it didn’t move me one bit, I’m sorry (genuinely) to say.

And please don’t get me wrong:
If the general points she makes were a political manifesto, she’d get my vote!

Just me?

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Hmm. Such as?

Nanette isn’t really about art history, it just includes some art history. Edit: not to take away from the awesomeness of the Guerrilla Girls either.

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Dont’t know if you’re trying to correct me, but I know that, having watched it. Art history serves (very well) in it as another example, or arena, of rampant and abusive sexism.

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Totally agree with you, halfadrop.

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WELCOME to boingboing, comrade!

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