Hannah Gadsby @ Adelaide Fringe Review

Published in Comedy News  
|   Tagged under   
Hannah Gadsby Hannah Gadsby

Hannah Gadsby makes two promises to her audience:

A) She will recreate a Taylor Swift concert (sort of).
B) Unlike her more typical repertoire, there will be “no woe”.

And with Dogmatic, she delivers.

There are wardrobe changes. Well, a jacket change. There are disco lights and there are videos of her pet dog. Most importantly, there is a lot of storytelling and general hilarity. There are tales of conspiracy theorist bears, frozen corn cob packaging, a panic-inducing day at Disneyland and an unfortunate primary school classmate (the latter of which is only a little bit woeful). The audience responds with belly laughs in abundance.

After a series of weird, wonderful and charmingly confused anecdotes, the show takes a sudden turn. Hannah Gadsby has never been to a Taylor Swift concert. In fact, it’s unclear whether she even listens to TayTay. But this doesn’t stop her from deconstructing the Taylor Swift empire, one glittery brick at a time. She makes the audience laugh uncontrollably as she dissects Swift’s model-populated girl gang, Disney princess aesthetic and double negative-peppered speeches. Here, Hannah Gadsby shines.

Her content transcends the realm of straightforward stand-up and breaks through into deeply thought-provoking territory. Having left the audience with a witty and unexpectedly rousing monologue, she exits the stage, only to return and mutter, eyes to the floor: “No, I won’t do an encore because I’m not a self-indulgent pop star”.

This is sharp, powerful comedy cloaked in natural and slightly self-deprecating charm. No woe here, whatsoever.

Hannah Gadsby Tour Dates

23-28 Feb - Adelaide Fringe Festival
4 & 5 March - Canberra Comedy Festival
8-13 March - Brisbane Comedy Festival
22 March - Spiegeltent (Hobart)
24 March - 17 April - Melbourne Comedy Festival
23 April - Perth Comedy Festival
20-22 May - Belvoir (Sydney)

2018 AIR Awards Nominees Playlist


Facebook pink circle    Twitter pink circle    Instagram pink circle    YouTube pink circle


Facebook pink circle    Twitter pink circle spacer40 spacer40

South Australia

Facebook pink circle  spacer40  spacer40  spacer40

New South Wales

Facebook pink circle  spacer40  spacer40  spacer40