‘The pressure of “my people” to express our identity and “pride” through the metaphor of “party” gets very intense. … ‘The Sydney Mardi Gras was my first experience with “my people”. I watched it on my little TV, in my little living room, in my little small town, and I go: “Wow, those are my people. They’re busy aren’t they? Where are all the quiet gays supposed to go?” …
‘I’m a quiet soul. My favorite sound in the whole world is the sound of a teacup, finding its place, on a saucer.’
Wow. What a show. Smart. Sensitive. Funny. It creeps up in you and makes you laugh and then it places on your shoulders the shared weight of our world…where we are, where we’ve been, where we should be going.
“Laughter is not our medicine. Stories hold our cure. Laughter is just the honey that sweetens the bitter medicine. I don’t want to unite you with laughter or anger. I just needed my story heard, my story felt and understood, by individuals with minds of their own; because, like it or not, your story is my story, and my story is your story. I just don’t have the strength to take care of my story alone anymore…what we need is connection.”
From Huffington Post…
How ‘Fury’ Fueled Hannah Gadsby’s Stand-Up Revolution
In her Netflix special “Nanette,” the Australian comic is undeniably angry with her industry: “If your only responsibility is to make people laugh, then get off television.”
Hours before I met comedian Hannah Gadsby at a coffee shop in Manhattan, news hit that Eurydice Dixon, an up-and-coming Australian comic, had been raped and murdered while walking home alone from a bar show in Melbourne.
Gadsby was, in her own words, shaken. “I didn’t know her, but 12 yrs ago I was negotiating the world the same way as she was,” she later tweeted. “My deepest condolences to her family.”
Gadsby is accustomed to talking about difficult, painful topics. Her latest stand-up special “Nanette,” which hit Netflix on Tuesday, broaches subjects like the Me Too movement and the homophobia she’s encountered as a lesbian. Throughout the dynamic hour, she tumbles from deadpan jokes about how the gay pride flag is “a bit busy” to unabashedly calling out sexual abusers such as Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein and even Pablo Picasso.