Hannah Gadsby’s 2018 Netflix special Nanette may have been polarizing — was it comedy or a Ted Talk or something in between? — but it was a massively popular cultural moment that everyone had an opinion on, meaning everyone watched it. So it's no surprise that the Australian comedian will return to the streaming service with a new hour-long show next year — but no, it’s not named after another random waitress.
“I’m so excited to announce today that Douglas will be released on Netflix in 2020,” Gadsby said in a statement. “I’m really enjoying touring with the live performance, but there will be places in the world that I won’t be able to visit, so it’s wonderful that Netflix will bring the show to every corner of the globe.”
Douglas, named after Gadsby’s dog (who can frequently be found on her Instagram account) will debut on Netflix sometime in 2020. It looks like she wasn’t able to quit comedy after all — unless this new show really is a Ted Talk.
Just last month, Gadsby took home a Peabody Award in the Entertainment category for Nanette, and on Monday she was presented with the GLAAD Special Recognition Award in Los Angeles.
Last year, Gadsby told Out that sharing her trauma with the world was cathartic over time. “People being emotionally affected by my story was something I’ve never experienced in my day-to-day world, so, in a convoluted way, yes, cathartic, but each performance was also grueling and devastating.”
But despite the emotional toll of being as vulnerable as Gadsby, she said she “made a very conscious choice to be very present in the material I’m delivering because I was breaking the contract with the audience. It would have been irresponsible to an audience to phone that content in. To take better care of the experience of the audience, I could not protect myself. In order to go through that each show, as I did, meant that we got to share it.”
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