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Hannah Gadsby's Netflix Special

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If you want to be up to speed around the water cooler, you have to watch this show. If you don't, it's damned thought provoking and entertaining.

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Must watch. Essential.

 

The first half, I'm thinking she's a very skillful comedian but why is everyone going crazy for this?

 

Then it turns a corner and there should be no spoilers.

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Its not comedy, she created Something Else. Not much else I can say that would live up to what she did, except that its shattering. I hope we can hear from her more in a way she chooses.

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Its not comedy, she created Something Else.

 

True, and I'm not quite sure how I feel about it. I admired it more than I liked it. I generally don't "approve" (as if my approval counts for anything) of performance-as-catharsis. And once I'd watched it all the way through, I started to feel guilty for finding humor in any of it, although of course much of it was very funny. So I'm conflicted. Which is perhaps the point.

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Meta comedy is funny but it also brings with it some responsibility, and she does take some big leaps. But really very well done and even more importantly - getting exposure with a huge audience who have probably never considered some of the issues raised. I guess I don't need to buy everything she's selling to appreciate who it is being marketed to, successfully, for the first-ish time.

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The intriguing foundation is that she's a very skillful stand-up; I mean, really good.* That's the launch pad. She does cheat the audience on their expectations, but of course that's largely the point (or "Well spotted," as she would say).

 

*Her art history material...

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She does have intriguing observations about male artists and art history. Not sure I accept all of it, but she got me to think about it in a way I had not done before. (Okay, maybe I'm slow.)

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The intriguing foundation is that she's a very skillful stand-up; I mean, really good.* That's the launch pad. She does cheat the audience on their expectations, but of course that's largely the point (or "Well spotted," as she would say).

 

*Her art history material...

 

Yes. I didn't mean that she cheats on expectations, because of course the brilliant setup is intended to do to the audience exactly that, and exactly what she then demolishes. I meant that she wants to make the art history stuff, for example, the basis of a greater truth about suffering and the other, and it's a shaky basis.

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Yes, one doesn't accept every step in the argument, but I think we're all agreed on the impact.

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