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Hannah Gadsby Signs Netflix Deal A Year After Calling It An “Amoral Algorithm Cult”

By Shantanu Sanzgiri 27 September 2022

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Hannah Gadsby is returning to Netflix for a third standup special—titled Body Of Work—as well as a multi-comic gender-diverse special that she will host and produce, Variety reports. The deal comes a year after Gadsby criticised Netflix for defending transphobic jokes in Dave Chappelle special The Closer, calling the streamer an “amoral algorithmic cult”.

Body Of Work was taped at the Sydney Opera House during the Australian leg of her most recent world tour, and is set to premiere in 2023. This will be the third special Gadsby has up on Netflix following Nannette (2018) and Douglas (2020).

The multi-comic special will be taped sometime next year with a premiere date yet to be decided. It will feature comedians who are part of the LGBTQ+ community from several countries. This will include mentoring sessions for the up-and-coming comedians with an aim to develop their professional skills in an industry where they are struggling to find equal footing.

“In an effort to further open a door that I had to fight to get through myself, I will curate and host a lineup show on Netflix featuring six new gender-diverse comedians,” Gadsby told Variety. “In a notoriously transphobic industry, I am looking to broaden the scope of opportunities for genderqueer performers from around the globe as well as expand the diversity of offerings to audiences on one of comedy’s biggest platforms. Coupled with a mentorship initiative for these up-and-coming comics, the program aims to foster the professional development of a demographic that is still struggling to have their voices heard.”

In 2021, Gadsby called out Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos for citing her work as a representation of the company’s gender inclusivity and support of the LGBTQ+ movement in a company memo. She accused him of dragging her “into your mess” and refusing to acknowledge “hate-speech dog-whistling” on the platform.

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