Aussie comic and Please Like Me star Hannah Gadsby's Douglas — the follow-up to her global hit, Nanette — is coming to Netflix today. The first trailer for the special, shot in Los Angeles in late February, dropped earlier this month.
"I had no plans to make it in America. If you're here because of Nanette, why? Had I known just how wildly popular trauma was going to be in the context of comedy I might have budgeted my sh*t a bit better. But I went and put all my trauma eggs into one basket like a f*cking idiot, and now here we are."
With Nanette, Hannah pulled apart the mechanics of stand-up to talk about the nature of trauma, and how self-deprecating humour only further marginalised people, including herself.
The show was intended to be her swansong before quitting stand-up, but Hannah found herself playing the show all around the world, after taking out Most Outstanding Show at Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Best Comedy Show at Edinburgh Fringe. The special on Netflix, shot at the Sydney Opera House, even earned her an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special.
Hannah shared the Douglas date announcement on Twitter: "I'm excited for you to see it," she said in the clip. "It's gonna be good, unless you don't like it. Then, it's still gonna be good and you'll be wrong."
Writing on Twitter, she added: "Be sure to mark it in your socially-distant calendars . . . then wash your hands."
I’m pretty excited to announce that my new special "Douglas" will be streaming on @netflixisajoke starting May 26. Be sure to mark it in your socially-distant calendars...then wash your hands. pic.twitter.com/qxYRAkwV7t
— Hannah Gadsby (@Hannahgadsby) April 13, 2020
Hannah toured Douglas, named after her dog, around Australia and the US in 2019 and early 2020. She celebrated the end of the run in March, writing that she "did not quit" comedy. "Instead . . . I did 147 shows over 369 days in 40 cities across 12 countries and 432 NYT Monday crosswords from the archive: the Douglas Tour is done! I had a very nice time. I hope y'all did too."