Hannah Gadsby might have said that she was leaving comedy in her break-out hit Nanette, but that isn’t exactly true. Gadsby announced she will go on an American tour before heading to Europe (and beyond) with her new show Douglas—named after the Tasmanian comedian’s dog.
Comedy purists will have to find a new reason to be angry at Gadsby, who launched a million-and-one angry male opinions last year. She vows that the new show will be funnier than Nanette. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Gadsby said, “With this show, the humor will be back in. I don’t have any intention of workshopping any of my traumas on stage again. That took a toll. And also, I kinda did that. Of course, I can’t help but think about serious stuff. I tend not to try and dwell too much on specifics at this point of the creative process. There’s about four hours of show that I’m whittling down.”
Douglas adjusts Hannah Gadsby to American touring model
Douglas will premiere in Melbourne with shows in March and April before Gadsby leaves for the U.S. leg of the tour. She’ll start things off on April 30 in San Francisco. Douglas will also make stops in San Diego, Portland, Denver, Texas, Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Nashville before ending July 12 in Los Angeles. More tour dates will be announced for New York, Europe, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.
Gadsby is taking it easy to not overwork herself. “We scheduled it with an Australian sensibility. So it’s like, let’s not get too excited and put too many dates out,” she told THR. “I’ve got to be careful because I really exhausted myself with Nanette and touring is a grueling thing.” She continued, “If there’s a demand, then I’ll certainly look at adding more [dates]. There’s nothing worse than performing in front of a half-filled theater! We’ll see how it goes. I think it’s important to respect your audience.”
Tickets for all U.S. dates (save Washington, D.C., which goes on sale February 13) go on sale Wednesday, February 8 at 10:00 a.m. at HannahGadsby.com.au.
Hannah Gadsby: Douglas
March 27—April 7 – Arts Centre Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia
April 30- Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA
May 10- Balboa Theatre in San Diego, CA
May 15- Newmark Theatre in Portland, OR
May 22- Paramount Theatre in Denver, CO
May 30- Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX
June 2- Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in Houston, TX
June 8- Moore Theatre in Seattle, WA
June 13- Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis, MN
June 16- Chicago Theater in Chicago, IL
June 23- Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, PA
June 25- Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
June 29- James K Polk Theater in Nashville, TN
July 12- Theatre at The Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, CA