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Hannah Gadsby's New Stand-Up Special 'Something Special' Will Hit Netflix in May

Based on the Aussie comedian's 'Body of Work' tour and filmed at the Sydney Opera House, it follows 'Nanette' and 'Douglas'.
By Sarah Ward and Libby Curran
April 12, 2023
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By Sarah Ward and Libby Curran
April 12, 2023
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The next time that you see Hannah Gadsby on your screen, they'll be in feel-good mode. There's a wedding to talk about — their own, to their producer Jenney Shamash — after all. And, you'll be seeing the Australian comedian share the details, and dive into the politics around nuptials, plus homophobic bakers, queer domesticity and bunnies, too, very soon: on Tuesday, May 9, in fact.

Get ready for Something Special, Gadsby's new comedy special — and their third with Netflix following smash-hit Nanette and then Douglas. Based on their recent stand-up show Body of Work, announced in 2022 and filmed at the Sydney Opera House that same year, it's being pegged as "their first feel-good romantic comedy show" — but still with Gadsby's usual wit, insights and sense of humour.

"I didn't say who it's a feel-good show for," noted Gadsby's in Netflix's announcement. "I feel real good."

It's been a huge few years for the Tasmanian-born talent, and they keep going from strength to strength onstage — and on-screen. Indeed, when the time came for Gadsby to initially follow up international smash-hit show Nanette, that seemed a rather difficult task. After all, the one-performer stand-up set copped serious praise on its 18-month travels across Australia and the UK, even scooping the top honours at both the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe — and, of course, spawning its very own Netflix special.

But, then Douglas was born, with Gadsby returning to the stage with a performance named after a pet pooch. While Nanette pulled apart the concept of comedy itself, dishing up an insight into Gadsby's past, Douglas took comedy fans on a "tour from the dog park to the renaissance and back". It made its way across stages around Australia and New Zealand in late 2019 and early 2020, and then hit Netflix in 2020 as well.

After that came Body of Work — first as a live show again, and now as Netflix special Something Special, too. It's the first release in Gadsby's new a multi-title deal with the streaming platform that is also set to span a new multi-comic special featuring gender-diverse performers.

Something Special doesn't yet have a trailer, but you can check out Nanette and Douglas' sneak peeks in the interim below:

Hannah Gadsby's Something Special Netflix special will be available to stream from Tuesday, May 9, 2023.

Images: Jess Gleeson/Netflix © 2023.

Published on April 12, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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