We all have a terrible habit of staring at our phones and mindlessly scrolling through apps like Instagram while watching TV, even when the show playing is one of our favourites.
(And if you don’t do that…well, you’re a better person than me and every single other person I know.)
But Netflix’s new comedy special is so compelling, so raw and so very relevant that you’ll find yourself unable to tear your eyes away from the screen, even for the brief moment it takes to glance down at your Facebook feed.
Hell, a seagull could swoop into your living room and pluck your phone from your fingers and you wouldn’t even notice. Such is the might and the majesty of Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix comedy special, Nanette.
If the name of the show sounds familiar, that’s because it has been heaped with acclaim and critical praise since Gadsby first started touring it.
Nanette (named after a barista who was going to play a central role in the set until the subject matter just didn’t quite work) was named joint winner of the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and winner of the Barry Award at the Melbourne Comedy Festival.
The show, which was filmed live at the Sydney Opera House, chronicles the 40-year-old gay comedian’s thoughts on growing up in Tasmania, a state that that only decriminalised homosexuality in 1997, along with her own experiences of dealing with criticism, toxic masculinity, homophobia and overall what it is like to live in a world determined to see you only as an outsider.
In the set, Gadsby calls out everyone from Louis C.K. to Harvey Weinstein, Bill Clinton and even Pablo Picasso. Those hits are wound into humorous and cutting anecdotes that sit perfectly alongside tales of her mother, her grandmother and even one particularly opinionated fan who pulled Gadsby aside after a show and berated her for not including enough “lesbian content”.
Nanette is the one Netflix show you need to watch.