This week, host Jesse David Fox goes global, calling comedian Hannah Gadsby all the way in Melbourne, Australia. Hannah began her career in comedy in 2006, but found international success in 2018 when her special Nanette debuted on Netflix. Nanette won the top prizes at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017, and its Netflix release won Hannah an Emmy and a Peabody Award.
While Nanette tackled weighty issues and questioned the very meaning of comedy, in her newest special, Douglas, Hannah mostly just tries to be really funny. It has a ton of jokes, some structural inventiveness, and more. It’s hard to say the special is about one thing, but as Hannah and Jesse discuss, it’s largely about showing us how she thinks the way she does and then trying to explain why, as she tells the story of how she was diagnosed with autism. As she puts it, it’s meant to be a romantic comedy.
You can watch Hannah’s new special “Douglas” now on Netflix. You can follow Hannah on Twitter and Instagram. Follow Jesse David Fox on Twitter and Instagram.