“The last time Netflix brought this many trans people together, it was for a protest. So, progress,” Hannah Gadsby jokes in their new comedy special Gender Agenda.
The Australian comedian signed a big deal with Netflix in 2022, after publicly slamming the streaming service for its handling of celebrity transphobe Dave Chappelle.
At the time, Hannah, who uses they/them pronouns, had a request: that Netflix create a stand-up special featuring genderqueer comics from around the world.
That project, now titled Gender Agenda, was filmed in London with Hannah hosting a lineup of seven performers. The special arrives on Netflix on March 5.
The performers are Jes Tom, Alok, Asha Ward, Chloe Petts, DeAnne Smith, Krishna Istha and Mx Dahlia Belle.
Jes Tom wrote for Our Flag Means Death and recently wrapped the Elliot Page-presented stage show Less Lonely.
Alok headlined the 2021 NYC Comedy Festival and has appeared in Cara Delevigne’s Planet Sex and Jonathan Van Ness’ Getting Curious.
Asha Ward is best known for being Saturday Night Live‘s youngest-ever writer.
Chloe Petts is currently touring stand-up show If You Can’t Say Anything Nice.
DeAnne Smith featured in Netflix’s Comedians of the World and is a regular on the Australian comedy festival circuit.
Krishna Istha was a writer on Sex Education and is working on a new production about trans motherhood.
Mx Dahlia Belle founded the Portland Queer Comedy Festival and took on Dave Chappelle in a high-profile open letter in 2021.
Hannah Gadsby explains Netflix stand-up special
Hannah Gadsby told Variety, “There’s such a wealth of brilliant genderqueer comics out there, but such a dearth of representation on the major streaming services.
“Meanwhile jokes about trans people are becoming more and more lucrative. So it seems only right that at least some of those jokes be told by actual trans people themselves.
“I am beyond thrilled to bring this lineup together, showcasing seven extraordinarily talented comics and to use my platform (and Netflix’s…) to hopefully help catapult them into the spotlight that they deserve.
“They (and I mean ‘they’ in every sense of the word) are some of the funniest, smartest genderqueer comedians from around the globe.
“It was an utter delight and true honour to share the stage with them.”
Back home, Hannah’s new solo stand-up show Woof! tours Sydney and Melbourne in March and April.
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