After Nanette, Hannah Gadsby Isn't Quitting Comedy After All


Of Netflix's recent releases, Hannah Gadsby's hour-long stand-up special Nanette has been one of the most incredibly affecting, raw and powerful pieces to hit the platform.

If you haven't already seen it, first of all stop what you're doing and watch it immediately. The show starts off as a conventional stand-up show with Gadsby running through some of her material before telling the audience that the show was to be her last.

"It's probably not the forum to make such an announcement, is it?"

Following the show's release, Gadsby's name has shot into the mainstream and she's currently appearing on the late-night shows in the US. Recently stopping by The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, which Gadsby described as "not her natural habitat", the comedian also revealed the show might not be her last after all.

Unfortunately, Gadsby had apparently hoped the show would be a bomb.

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"When I wrote it it wasn’t supposed to go, 'Oh, I'll get a Netflix special out of this and have everyone see it'. It was like -- I’ll probably get 12 shows and be asked to leave... And the plan’s backfired."

When Fallon quizzed her on her future plans and her declaration that Nanette marked the end of her stand-up career, Gadsby said she had a hard choice to make, echoing what she said in her chat with Peter Helliar on The Project -- the choice between being an idiot or a hypocrite.

"I'll do something," she told Fallon, "I said I was quitting and then -- if I quit, I'm an idiot now. If the show had gone as badly as I had planned it would have worked.

"Now I'm left with a choice. I'll either be an idiot or a hypocrite... I'll be a hypocrite."

Check out the full chat with Fallon below:

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