In 2018, Hannah Gadsby was an unknown comedian here in America. That was before she released her debut special, Nanette, on Netflix. She followed that up with Douglas in 2020z
Now Gadsby is coming back to Netflix. This news is particularly surprising, as last year Gadsby called out Netflix during the backlash to Dave Chappelle’s special, The Closer. She even called Netflix an “amoral algorithm cult.”
Apparently, the two parties have buried the hatchet, as it’s been announced that Gadsby has signed a multi-special deal with the streaming giant. This deal includes a new hour-long special and a showcase special featuring multiple different comics.
“In an effort to further open a door that I had to fight to get through myself, I will curate and host a line-up show on Netflix featuring six new, gender-diverse comedians,” Gadsby said in a statement. “In a notoriously transphobic industry, I am looking to broaden the scope of opportunities for genderqueer performers from around the globe, as well as expand the diversity of offerings to audiences on one of comedy’s biggest platforms. Coupled with a mentorship initiative for these up-and-coming comics, the program aims to foster the professional development of a demographic that is still struggling to have their voices heard. Recorded in a single run in the UK in 2023, this will be a chance for the world to hear these voices for the first, but definitely not the last, time.”