Hannah Gadsby’s newest Netflix standup special, Douglas, is premiering May 26th, and on Tuesday the Australian comedian gave the first look at what’s to expect in the follow-up to her landmark comedy special Nanette.
“I had no plans to make it in America,” Gadsby tells her U.S. audience in the trailer. “If you’re here because of Nanette…why?”
Gadsby pokes fun at how sweeping the prior special was in its discussion of trauma, history and Gadsby’s own personal journey as a lesbian comic: “I went and put all my trauma eggs into one basket like a fucking idiot, and now here we are.” She also touches on how she was pressured to “Americanize” her language for her North American tour, and her love of the word “y’all.” (“Thank you, the South! What an ally!”)
Nanette, Gadsby’s debut special, premiered in 2018 and went on to win a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Variety Special in 2019; the live show had previously won Best Comedy prizes at both the Adelaide and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. Following its Netflix premiere, the special was praised for its topics of same-sex marriage, autism, art history and the dominance of men in the field of standup comedy.