Hannah Gadsby is back in business with Netflix.
The Tasmanian comedian, who broke out with stand-up special nanette, has returned to the streaming giant with a multi-title deal. The pact includes their third stand-up special for the company, as well as a multiple comic special that will feature “gender-diverse comedians.”
The deal comes nearly a year after Gadsby criticized Netflix for its controversial Dave Chappelle stand-up special and co-CEO Ted Sarandos for supporting The closer, which was criticized as transphobic. “Hey Ted Sarandos! Just a quick note to let you know that I’d rather you didn’t drag my name into your mess. Now I’m dealing with even more of the hate and anger that Dave Chappelle’s fans like to throw at me.” let go every time Dave gets $20 million to process his emotionally immature partial worldview You haven’t paid me nearly enough to deal with the real world consequences of the hateful dog you refuse to acknowledge Ted Fuck you and your amoral algorithm cult.’
Sarandos previously showed his support for Chappelle — who made fun of gender identities in his 2021 special — and said in a staff note about the backlash that The closer “doesn’t directly translate to real-world damage” and would not be removed from the service.
Gadsby’s latest stand-up set, oeuvreis more personal than that of 2020 Douglas, who marked their follow-up to break the Emmy-winning nanette. The special will be filmed this week at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Australian leg of Gadsby’s latest tour. It is recorded live with the assistance of the Sydney Opera House Trust.
The self-titled multiple comic special, meanwhile, will feature an international cast of comedians. “In an effort to open a door that I had to fight for myself, I will be curating and hosting a lineup show on Netflix featuring six new, gender-diverse comedians,” Gadsby said in a statement Monday. “In a notoriously transphobic industry, I want to broaden the opportunities for genderqueer performers from around the world, as well as expand the diversity of audience offerings on one of the largest comedy platforms. Combined with a mentorship initiative for these emerging comics, the program aims to promote the professional development of a demographic that still struggles to make their voices heard. Recorded in a single run in the UK in 2023, this will be an opportunity for the world to hear these voices for the first, but certainly not the last.”