The Easy Chair

with Laura Hurwitz

Episode 155: Mightier Than the Sword

This week on The Easy Chair, it’s Mightier Than the Sword! Steph and I talk about “Nanette”- the Netflix comedy special by Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby. If you haven’t seen it, OMG DO, and also, listen to us discuss just how groundbreaking it is. Gadsby does not give us a conventional stand-up comedy, but an intensely personal storytelling blending humor and pathos and spot-on social commentary. We are continuing our exploration of censorship, specifically of the female voice, and Gadsby’s singularly poignant show seemed to fit right into our shared hopeful view that maybe as a comedy audience- and a societ- we are finally willing to listen to stories, not just laugh at punchlines.

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