Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby has stolen the show at the 2018 Emmy Awards.
Gadsby is still riding the wave of the worldwide success of her acclaimed Netflix special Nanette, which covers Gadsby’s experiences as a queer woman, homophobia, trauma, sexual violence, mental illness and more.
And she took to the stage to present the Emmy for Outstanding Director for a Drama Series, during which she delivered several jokes savaging her harshest critics.
“Here’s a surprise. This is not normal. The world’s gone a bit crazy,” she started.
“For somebody like me, a nobody from nowhere, to get this sweet gig, free suit, new boots, just because I don’t like men.
“That’s a joke, of course. Just jokes fellas calm down. #notallmen… but a lot of them.
“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.”
Gadsby went on to present the award to Stephen Daldry from drama series The Crown, who couldn’t accept the Emmy in person.
“Stephen could not be here tonight to accept the Emmy on… his own behalf. SO I think I just leave now, and that’s… well done him,” Gadsby said before awkwardly leaving the stage.
Gadsby was catapulted to global fame after a recording of her acclaimed stand-up show, Nanette, was released to Netflix earlier this year.
— Kate Aurthur (@KateAurthur) September 18, 2018
— Magda Szubanski (@MagdaSzubanski) September 18, 2018
— (@flutterpolitely) September 18, 2018
I don’t know who Hannah Gadsby is, but can she host next year? #Emmys
— Korynn (@Korynn_W) September 18, 2018
How about Hannah Gadsby for #Emmys 2019 host? If we make it through 2018, I think we deserve it.
— Joy Press (@Joypress) September 18, 2018
Hannah Gadsby was just funnier in 20 seconds than Che been all night
— Brittani Nichols (@BisHilarious) September 18, 2018
Hannah Gadsby. Period #Emmys
— ELI ♏️ (@0FKATY) September 18, 2018
Who is Hannah Gadsby? Other than awesome??? #emmys
— Nicola Barton (@ozzythekiwi) September 18, 2018
more hannah gadsby please we deserve this
— jess mcintosh (@jess_mc) September 18, 2018
— Jayne Marie (@Ms_JayneMarie) September 18, 2018
Wait y’all are telling me HANNAH GADSBY was gonna be here and Y’ALL STILL CHOSE COLIN JOST AND MICHAEL CHE TO HOST?!?!?! #Emmys
— Lily Herman (@lkherman) September 18, 2018
Move to restart this telecast with Hannah Gadsby hosting? #Emmys
— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) September 18, 2018