WWhat better way to symbolize your auspicious trick of fortune than with adorable lucky rabbits? Actress Hannah Gadsby marked her return to the Sydney Opera House with four bunnies on stage, although you’ll probably first notice the one from the Joan Sutherland Theater which functions as a lantern, a beacon of hope.
Of course, neither of those bunnies are alive, which turns out to be fitting, given the desecration of an unlucky bunny who jumped in the middle of the artist’s toxic relationship with an ex she struggled with. to get rid of and another who emits a shrill cry of terror as he crosses paths with Gadsby, his new wife and producer, Jenney Shamash, and their two dogs, Douglas and Jasper, on an outdoor walk.
The trauma is reserved for the small furry introduced species in Gadsby’s excellent new show, Body of Work. The comedian herself, who rose to fame in the United States when her 2017 show Nanette premiered on Netflix in 2018 – incorporating deeply touching stories of violence, homophobia and shame at the end of this comedy incredibly sharp – opted for a wellness show, “a little bit of ta-dah” here, and what a blast.
Gadsby and Shamash tied the knot in January, and Gadsby announced Shamash to his fans via Instagram in April. Of course, Body of Work is partly a love story; there is even a nice proposal anecdote. But as she casually informs Love Actually director Richard Curtis, unaware of who exactly he is, she hates romantic comedy.
Gadsby doesn’t prioritize easy sentimentality, although we do get some glimpse into his romantic relationship. We learn that the couple ordered a shark cake, “to fuck with the Christian baker”, and that they weren’t married for love – they already had it – but rather for the “sweet, sweet administrative privilege, sweet ”that straight guys like.
Gadsby doesn’t miss a beat. A few years ago, she considered giving up stand-up because her career was built on self-mockery, which was “not humility, it’s humiliation”. What a loss her retirement would have been: After telling her story and avoiding any marginal place that growing up in the Bible belt of northwest Tasmania might have relegated her otherwise, Gadsby became an accomplished storyteller, drawing on her on what she has already generously revealed of herself.
The term comedian sort of sells his skills short. She doesn’t just create tension and then bring it down to make us laugh. When she tells her stories, we almost see the actors of her anecdotes materialize in front of us. We are lovingly told stories about Gadsby’s parents and the hilarious dynamic between them, and how her mother dubbed Gadsby’s backpacking partner “Dora the Explorer” and endorses Shamash with the high distinction she is “not a dickhead”.
On Gadsby’s 2019 show, Douglas, also airing on Netflix the following year, revealed her high-level autism diagnosis. Now we get a glimpse of how she and her partner, whom she calls “Jenno” and whom she met shortly after the diagnosis, creatively deal with the occasions when Gadsby feels over-stimulated.
Of course, there is a man, a podcast-maker “brother”, who informs Gadsby “you’re not really autistic” because she can “read social cues.” Gadsby has lost none of his taste for skewering selfish straight white men: Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Leonardo DiCaprio finally get an Oscar “for being mutilated by a bear” in The Revenant.
And yes, she is directing her recent Instagram scream to Netflix boss Ted Sarandos, who had verified the name of Gadsby’s specials on the streaming service to justify ordering Dave Chappelle’s specials in which the American comedian was describing. many times transgender people.
“Fuck you and your cult of the amoral algorithm,” Gadsby posted. “I do shit with more spine than you.” It’s just a joke ! I definitely haven’t crossed a line because you just told the world there isn’t.
“I bit the hand that fed me,” Gadsby now admits, reflecting on how the spat made world news, but turned the comedy into gold when the story was translated by the services of Russian press and again in English like “I do bullshit more tenaciously than you”.
Gadsby says she was ill-prepared for fame – her endearing reaction to a gift from Jodie Foster exemplifying her naivety – but the unique focus she has on the world combined with the material comforts of her success and the luxury of time indicates that she could continue to do such a hard job every two years if she wanted to. She certainly has the tenacity.