Stand-up recommendations and a stand-up disappointment.

Must see!  Hannah Gadsby Nanette

Trigger warning there is discussion of violence sexual, transphobia, homophobia.

This stand-up special on Netflix is not merely stand up; it's art and pointed social commentary from a smart, auteur, who identifies as a lesbian.  Talks about LGBTQIA issues and confronts sexual violence.  And manages to be funny.


"I love Tasmania [where she's from]. I loved growing up there. I felt right at home, I did. But I had to leave as soon as I found out I was a little bit lesbian. And you do find out, don’t you? Yeah. I got a letter. “Dear Sir/Madam.” Wasn’t a great letter to receive in mid-’90s Tasmania. Because the wisdom of the day was if you chose to be gay… I say “wisdom”, even though homosexuality’s clearly not a choice. Wisdom is always relative, you know. And in a place like Tasmania, everything’s very relative, but I… But the wisdom of the day was that, if you chose to be gay, then you should just get yourself a one-way ticket to the mainland, and don’t come back. Gays… why don’t you just pack your AIDS up into a suitcase there and fuck off to Mardi Gras?

Because homosexuality was a crime in Tasmania ’til 1997. Not long enough ago."

YOU MUST SEE THIS!  And share with others. 

Some quotes from articles:

"Her galvanizing Netflix special came along at exactly the right time, changing comedy and inspiring institutional change."


"In February, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City announced a renewed focus on works by women, Latinos, Asians, African-Americans and other overlooked artists following a massive renovation and expansion. According to sources with knowledge of the museum’s decision, the effort to include more underrepresented artists was at least partly inspired by Hannah Gadsby’s galvanizing Netflix special “Nanette.” In a rare blend of comedy, one-person show, and searing social critique, Gadsby drew upon her art history background in “Nanette” to admonish the art world for revering artists like Pablo Picasso, who had relationships with underage girls, while largely ignoring women artists."

"Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix special, filmed at the Sydney Opera House, dismantles and subverts everything about how humor is supposed to work.


The most radical thing Hannah Gadsby does in Nanette is simple: She stops being funny. It’s about 35 minutes into her 70-minute comedy show, filmed live at the Sydney Opera House, and Gadsby, a 40-year-old Tasmanian comic, has riffed on the gay pride flag (“six very shouty, assertive colors stacked on top of each other”), the pointlessness of bald babies wearing pink headbands (“Would you put a bangle on a potato?”), and her home island (famous for “our frighteningly small gene pool”). Her jokes are riotous, but they’re laced with something darker, more caustic. There’s an anecdote about a man who called her a “fucking faggot” and threatened to beat her up before bragging that he doesn’t hit women. (“What a guy,” Gadsby quips.) She states, out of nowhere, that she thinks she has to quit comedy. After she delivers each joke, she smiles, winningly and with a glint in her eye, like a demented cherub.

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Katherine Ford Glitter Room

This hysterical piece tackles the idea that a woman could be happy without a partner at age 35.  And never want one.

Definitely a feminist-friendly piece of standup that will lift your mood.  I've already watched it 3 times and that is not something I do.

You can find this special on Netflix as well.

"Ryan’s particular skill is to identify these inequalities and send them up in a way that makes you laugh in recognition and surprise at her take. 

"That’s fine by Ryan, she’s not keen on men — her routine punctures the bluster she’s been putting up with from them all her life. If you’re into feminist one-liners, look no further. She begins by saying that men are like dolphins, to be enjoyed on holiday, and continues in that vein.?

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The bad:  Dave Chappelle Sticks And Stones

Aiden and I started watching this together expecting greatness.  However, after exactly 8 minutes and 43 seconds, we turned it off because it was so offensive.  Chapelle makes jokes making light of child molestation, suicide  trans-gendered people.  He basically excuses a host of celebrities accused of sexism and sexual violence or harassment.

Here's an excerpt.  Judge for yourselves:

"This is the worst time ever to be a celebrity. You’re gonna be finished. Everyone’s doomed. Michael Jackson has been dead for ten years and this nigga has two new cases. And if you haven’t watched that documentary… uh, then I’m begging you, don’t watch it. It’s fucking gross. I felt like HBO was sticking baby dicks in my ears for four hours straight. Really nasty shit. I don’t want to know all these things. Turns out, uh, Michael Jackson allegedly likes a long gander at the anus. They said he stares at people’s buttholes. That’s what they said. That’s how gross the documentary was.

I’m gonna say something that I’m not allowed to say. But I gotta be real. Uh… I don’t believe these motherfuckers. I do not believe them. But… let me qualify the statement. I… I am what’s known on the streets as a victim blamer. You know what I mean? If somebody come up to me like, “Dave, Dave, Chris Brown just beat up Rihanna.” I’ll be like, “Well, what did she do?” “Dave, Michael Jackson was molesting children.” “Well, what were those kids wearing at the time?”

I don’t think he did it. But you know what? Even if he did do it… You know what I mean? You know what I mean? Eh… I mean, it’s Michael Jackson. I know more than half the people in this room have been molested in their lives. But it wasn’t no goddamn Michael Jackson, was it? This kid got his dick sucked by the King of Pop. All we get is awkward Thanksgivings for the rest of our lives.

You know how good it must’ve felt to go to school the next day after that shit? “Hey, Billy, how was the weekend?” “How was my weekend? Michael Jackson sucked my dick! And that was my first sexual experience. If I’m starting here, then sky’s the limit!”"

Read a more thorough discussion here.


The just not good enough:  Aziz

Ansari's Right Now


This is Aziz Ansari's attempt to re-enter the world after being accused of sexual violence during the height of the #metoo movement. With what seem like good intentions, he opens his show, sitting on a stool and discussing what happened.

Quote from the opening:

"You know, I… I haven’t said much about that whole thing, um, but I’ve talked about it on this tour, ’cause you’re here, and it means a lot to me. And I’m sure some of you are curious how I feel about that whole situation. And, uh, it’s a tricky thing for me to answer, ’cause I’ve felt so many things in the last year, so… There’s times I felt scared. There’s times I felt humiliated. There’s times I felt embarrassed. And ultimately, I just felt terrible that this person felt this way. And after a year or so, I just hope it was a step forward. It moved things forward for me and made me think about a lot. I hope I’ve become a better person. And I always think about a conversation I had with one of my friends where he was like, “You know what, man? That whole thing made me think about every date I’ve ever been on.” And I thought, “Wow. Well, that’s pretty incredible. It’s made not just me, but other people be more thoughtful, and that’s a good thing.” And that’s how I feel about it. And I know… this isn’t the most hilarious way to begin a comedy show. But it’s important to me that you know how I feel about that whole thing before we share this night together."

Not only is this statement not a mea culpa (perhaps advised by lawyers) but it skates over the issue and isn't an apology or an ownership of his part in the #metoo movement OR comment on that he supports #metoo.

His next step is very calculated.  Rather than draw attention to the issues of sexism in this country, he spends the majority of the rest of the special making race-based jokes creating a playful POC v. White people, a distraction to reunite the audience on a different topic because inevitably it plays on white guilt (so they're into it for whatever reason) and unites the lesser experience of POC.  

HMMMMMM.....distracting from sexism where he is the oppressor to racism where he is the oppressed.  Shady if you ask me.

And sadly, having been a fan of Aziz for quite some time, I was really pulling for him in terms of rehabilitating his image. I was very disappointed.

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