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Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby’s short Emmys bit was so compelling, she should have just taken over Colin Jost’s and Michael Che’s hosting duties and sent the boys home.
At least, that seemed to be the internet’s mutually agreed upon decision after the Nanette powerhouse brought down the auditorium with a few jokes straight from her “Hashtag Not All Men, But a Lot of Them” playbook.
Presenting the award for Outstanding Director of a Drama Series, Gadsby’s shy charm shined in the spotlight as she spoke about the world going a bit crazy, allowing her, a “nobody from nowhere,” to present at the Emmys in a new suit and boots, just because she doesn’t like men.
“That’s a joke of course. Just a joke, fellas, calm down,” Gadsby fastly quips. “It is just jokes, but what are jokes these days? We don’t know. Nobody knows what jokes are, especially not men. Am I right, fellas? That’s why I’m presenting alone…”
It was a short but smart segment that showcased Gadsby’s ability to actually joke about this difficult reckoning we’re having with abusers in positions of power being exposed, and the discrimination women and minorities have long faced across multiple industries. For Emmys viewers who hadn’t seen Nanette, Gadsby’s comedy special released on Netflix this June, her short bit gave audiences a taste of her biting humor lodged between awkward acknowledgment and brutal honesty.
Her presentation touched on just a fraction of the trauma that she explores in the special, but just enough, and just subtly enough, to deliver that same script-flipping tone in a much tighter punch.
Audiences, unsurprisingly, were blown away at Gadsby’s short delivery, tweeting her praises and applause from home while the award show’s attendees ate her “Me, too”-adjacent jokes up.
our new form of government is hannah gadsby gets to make all the laws now— Matt Bellassai (@MattBellassai) September 18, 2018
Emmy Award to Hannah Gadsby for this bit right now.— Kevin Fallon (@kpfallon) September 18, 2018
Many demanded that Gadsby be given the opportunity to host next year, and at every other award show, too.
congrats to hannah gadsby for hosting hopefully every award show ever— Jon Savitt (@savittj) September 18, 2018
why didn't hannah gadsby host the emmys why oh why did they choose a warm bowl of oatmeal instead— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) September 18, 2018
I can’t get enough Hannah Gadsby. She should have hosted. LetAnAussieHostEmmys2019 dot au https://t.co/ZEB8mEv3Fa— [email protected] [email protected] ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@VictoriaNoir89) September 18, 2018
Or hell, they should have just let her take over hosting duties at that very moment. Did no one have a comically large push broom, or a gigantic hooked cane, to pull SNL‘s Che and Jost off the stage with?
do you think hannah gadsby walked by michael che and whispered naneeeeeeeette— E. Alex Jung (@e_alexjung) September 18, 2018
Hannah Gadsby was just funnier in 20 seconds than Che been all night— Brittani Nichols (@BisHilarious) September 18, 2018
Hannah Gadsby was on the stage for 45 seconds and that segment was better than anything from these hosts. #Emmys— Lily Herman (@lkherman) September 18, 2018
Move to restart this telecast with Hannah Gadsby hosting? #Emmys— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) September 18, 2018
Read the Daily Dot’s review of Nanette here.
Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.