Any show that combines art history, time travel and M&M World is likely to be a good one. Hannah Wants a Wife is the type of show that has one half of you in stiches whilst the other half digests inciting food for thought.
It's pretty hard to review stand up. One; it’s tricky to convey the invaluable tone when quoting jokes and two; you run the risk of miss quoting which makes you well, really quite lame. So I will opt for the easy way out and describe how the evening made everyone feel. Which, I believe is safe to say pretty damn awesome and perhaps a bit turned on.
As the name of her show suggests, Hannah Gadsby wants to get married- or at least have the option to. With Australia still playing ‘human rights catch up’, it's entirely appropriate for this fight to occur in every corner of our lives. Don't worry though, the show is far from preachy. Gadsby uses humour (I'm sure you guessed that) to convey deeper messages and isn’t shy to poke fun at herself in the process.
The show begins with Gadsby dissecting a late-Renaissance painting by Jan van Eyc called The Arnolfini Wedding. Far from your typical prop but one that actually plays an important role in her routine. Although you’re never quite sure where the whole thing is going, as with the best of stories, it all comes together in the end.
What I find most appealing about Gadsby is the unpredictable nature of her act. Her improv is super quick and it’s nearly always impossible to guess the punch line of her jokes. Even sexual references or innuendos are beyond the stereotypical calls we’ve all heard before.
Gadsby does everything from recounting a time when her cock block failed and a man tried to pick her up, to attempting to find a period that would kick arse for a time travelling lesbian. Her delivery is refreshingly different and the show’s themes of marriage equality, feminism and challenging gender stereotyping makes for a more provoking routine than the usual.
It’s clear that Hannah Gadsby is one of a kind and her deadpan, intellectual comedy will have you attempting to copy her jokes only to fail epically.