Comedy for Believers: Hannah Gadsby’s Woke Comedy Gospel

Hannah Gadsby: Douglas (Netflix)
This is woke comedy that fetishizes victimhood.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O ver the last week, woke mobs have stormed the streets and social media, demanding conformity to proper beliefs about systemic injustice. If you’ve watched the news, there isn’t much to laugh at. Now, the leading woke comedian, Hannah Gadsby, has returned to the spotlight. She has released her sophomore stand-up special, Douglas, on Netflix. But unless you are one of the initiated, there still isn’t much to laugh at.

Gadsby spends the first fourteen minutes of her new show setting expectations. Her last show — the breakout, Emmy award-winning Nanette — focused singularly on her history of trauma. The problem, however,


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