Image: Screenshot of Hannah Gadsby at the Emmy's, courtesy of The Guardian Youtube
Hannah Gadsby is set to tour a new stand up show called Douglas.
Australia’s favourite lesbian comedian may have said she was giving up stand up comedy, but that was last year, during the massive upheaval caused by the success of her Netflix special, Nanette.
Now that the down-to-earth Tasmanian has become super-famous in America, she has a big-time US agent and a book deal - for her memoir Ten Steps To Nanette, which is now in the editing stage and will be out this year. She also has offers for film, TV and hosting work and A LOT of new material for a show.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Douglas, which is named after her dog, will premier in Melbourne (March 27- April 7) before heading to San Francisco on April 30. Gadsby then takes the show to San Diego, Portland, Denver, Texas, Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Nashville and finishes the tour on July 12 in Los Angeles.
After that she’s moving the tour to New York, then Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Those dates will be announced later.
Gadsby told The Hollywood Reporter that Douglas will centre on her inability to cope with positive attention, which she’s been getting a lot of since Nanette became a world-wide phenomenon.
“I'm deeply unsettled by the amount of positive attention that I'm getting; the negative attention, I'm well learned in handling that! It doesn't really upset me that I (received) a bit of hostility — because I know how to handle that.”
“I thought it was interesting for me and I've been thinking a lot about how does one who is well practiced in the art of negative attention deal with a sudden influx of positive attention?”
The reason all of the dates are not set yet is that Gadsby still thinks like an unassuming Aussie.
"We scheduled it with an Australian sensibility. So it's like, let's not get too excited and put too many dates out...I don't want to force myself on people — that's an odd thing to do after everything I said in Nanette."
Here are the tour dates so far:
March 27 – April 7– Melbourne, Australia – Arts Centre Melbourne
April 30 – San Francisco, CA – Palace of Fine Arts
May 10 – San Diego, CA – Balboa Theatre
May 15 – Portland, OR – Newmark Theatre
May 22 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
May 30 – Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre
June 2 – Houston, TX – Jones Hall for the Performing Arts
June 8 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
June 13 – Minneapolis, MN – Pantages Theatre
June 16 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
June 23 – Philadelphia, PA – Merriam Theatre
June 25 – Washington, DC – Kennedy Center
June 29 – Nashville, TN – James K Polk Theatre
Read Gadsby's full interview with The Hollywood Reporter.