Hannah Gadsby has had an incredible year. After considering quitting comedy, she did a show about it called Nanette, which won wild praise and started a conversation about the power and definition of stand-up. And last night, she made a brief appearance at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, where she stole the show. Or so Twitter tells me.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I didn’t watch the Emmys because life is too short to indulge Michael Che and Colin Jost. It’s not even that I’m boycotting them for their sexism and ruthless ignorance as much as I’m just avoiding things I despise. Like, I’m not about to eat a sandwich of anchovies and toenails, but it’s not a matter of principle against the fishing or nail trimming industries. I’m just sparing myself an experience I predict would be awful, because I have a good sense for my own tastes. But I’m getting off point.
Men. They fail upwards and can’t take a joke, and last night they had to—for one minute—deal with being the punchline. Welcome to the club, fellas!
Heads up: “What are jokes these days, we don’t know,” could well be a barb directed at Norm MacDonald, who recently admitted he hasn’t seen Nanette yet still questioned its comedy credentials, OR it could be a subtle dig at Che, who posted a seemingly anti-Nanette rant on social media, before it vanished. ANYHOW, following this brief bit, Twitter went wild for Gadspy.
do you think hannah gadsby walked by michael che and whispered naneeeeeeeette— E. Alex Jung (@e_alexjung) September 18, 2018
Hannah Gadsby: “Nobody knows what jokes are, especially not men.” pic.twitter.com/alTqS3mr3w— Ryan Houlihan (@RyanHoulihan) September 18, 2018
Imagine being a man who blames Hannah Gadsby for the "death of comedy" instead of all the shitty jokes that numerous men have been pumping out for the past few decades. #emmys— Pearl Parker (@pearlparky) September 18, 2018
Emmy Award to Hannah Gadsby for this bit right now.— Kevin Fallon (@kpfallon) September 18, 2018
The only thing I want is to be friends with Hannah Gadsby, which is of course impossible because the only thing she wants is to be left alone.— Britta Lundin (@brittashipsit) September 18, 2018
🗣 WHERE'S HANNAH GADSBY'S EMMY FOR EXISTING— Julie Kosin (@juliekosin) September 18, 2018
Hannah Gadsby is truly a gift and a minute and a half is not nearly enough— 🌊&🌞Velazquez (@marysolthewise) September 18, 2018
Er, #Emmys — y'all should have had Hannah Gadsby host. Those 2 mins were the funniest/timeliest of the entire show.— Nigel M. Smith (@nigelmfs) September 18, 2018
why didn't hannah gadsby host the emmys why oh why did they choose a warm bowl of oatmeal instead— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) September 18, 2018
Like honestly why would any men host awards shows when Hannah Gadsby exists #Emmys— Emma Gray (@emmaladyrose) September 18, 2018
congrats to hannah gadsby for hosting hopefully every award show ever— Jon Savitt (@savittj) September 18, 2018
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