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Three ideas. Three contradictions. Or not. | Hannah Gadsby
- Опубліковано 11 чер 2019
- Hannah Gadsby's groundbreaking special "Nanette" broke comedy. In a talk about truth and purpose, she shares three ideas and three contradictions. Or not.
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I loved the subtle callback to the rule of threes at the end there: "Take that as what you will, thank you, and hello" rather than saying goodbye. But the double meaning of that line, concluding a ted talk with a hello as if she's only introduced herself to us now at the end is brilliant. Captivating work.
@Smallstudio Design I guarantee you your kids won't find her funny at all. I wouldn't use timeless to describe her. If we were in any other times but today I don't think we would even be watching this.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
- Maya Angelou
I think medieval torture would be worse don’t you?
Sure there is....being forced to participate in someone else's delusions.
I'm pretty sure stomach cancer is worse.
How easy it seems for most whiney women !??😒
As a late-diagnosed female (31), I find it comical how similarly my brain works compared to Hannah! I love her communication style and unapologetic sense of self. Hannah is the female autism superhero in my book. Hannah, thanks for encouraging me to be my weird self, and for sharing your story in such a powerful way. You have changed my life and are a huge inspiration to me.
imagine making that your entire identity 🤣
My mum went to school with her and hearing all the terrible things that happened to Hannah in that town makes me so angry! I know how toxic the people there still are and all the conservative farmer families making conservative children, my cousin's included. I'm terrified of my family and I just want to escape.
And yet she took all that anger and pain and used it to vilify women who were different from her, who had serious concerns about males in women's prisons and children on puberty blockers. Doesn't sound like she's dealt with her issues at all.
@Borat Sagdiyev omggggg, noooooo. The god Damned humanity! 😩 Wow what a tough little lesbian Hannah is! 😭🤣😆😂
What terrible things happened?
Very often, comedians doing TED talks are either recycling routines or trying out new material. This was a unique journey of staggering profundity & kept me transfixed from start to finish. Bravo.
@A K this assumes that the purpose of comedy is only to make you laugh. The purpose of comedy is also to confront us with terrible truths about our world in a way that is socially allowed, so that we might laugh, and then think and then change. Speaking truth to power and saying the thing that should remain unsaid because of the constraints of society was one the key role of the King's Jester.
Does she use surprise, reframing, uncomfortable silences and laughter to make you rethink something? Then she is using the tools of the jester as she alludes to in her talk.
Cause she's not actually funny enough to be a comedian.
It took me about halfway through Hannah’s talk to realize that the reason that I can’t stop crying is that I’m releasing trauma from decades of feeling misunderstood. Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring, Hannah.
She identifies as 'funny.'
Her pronouns are 'ha/ha.' 😌
I hope the two other guys that commented on this, realize that they are doing exactly what Hannah has accused them of. Which means not only are you not special, you’re actually comical stereotypes cut by the same toxic cookie-cutter lol😂
You're supposed to laugh. It's a comedian.
I never thought there were other girls with autism that were gay. I'm just glad to know that I'm not the only one, and it makes me so happy to see someone stand as a representation.
@Faith Graham-Rowe dafuq
I know this comment is two years old now (I'm late to the party) but- you are not even close to alone
@Sam Loves Coffee It's an estimate based on a research study... it absolutely could be much higher. :D
This is one of the best Ted talks I've ever seen. I connected with so much of her way of thinking. My head never stops whirring and I've always felt separate and different. For someone who feels like she's bad at expressing herself, she's really good at expressing herself 👏👏
@Miko Maxwell she is magical, you seem salty....
@KimK don't kid yourself
Imagine what's in there, if this is what's coming out! She's magical.
I'm a tad mad at myself that it took 2020 for me to find discover this absolutely brilliant woman. Her stand-ups are amazing and her talks are riveting. I can't wait to see more of her stuff.
She is seriously really dull. Their is not light in her. And she seems like the type of person that is nice in public but is a monster at home. Why do people think she is funny?
Warrior Bard. There's your nom de plume! Your book of poetry, or prose. Or both combined. No one must know your birth name. Remain a mystery. If you're known as the Warrior Bard, you WILL be perceived: as a Bard Warrior. Peace be with you. Write On! Stay Calm and Scribe-on! Gregg Oreo long Beach Ca
I’m here in 2022 so you beat me!
An inspiring artist, I'm glad she's living her truth
I might show this to my parents. It made me really happy when she said she was autistic, even though it's always sad that we autistic women find out so /late/, but I'm trying to get diagnosed now at 18 (found out 3 years ago) and I'm lucky that feeling of inadequacy didn't settle in before then (happened after that, woo lucky me) but finding out I was autistic was good news for me! My life made so much /sense/, now I gotta navigate that storm, even if I'm not sure it's possible to navigate the fairly demanding first year of higher studies I went into while managing my spoons, I'm doing my best, and I'll try to find the eye at the middle of my storm. Thank you for this talk
@bergstoppar Much better at 20, thanks for asking! I always had a lot of autistic friends and my life is a lot less stressful, although my brain tends to go back to masking without my say-so and I forget to conserve energy sometimes haha
Forgot about this time capsule of a comment, so thanks for asking
How's it going? /gen
I came out to my nan. I’m so glad I got over the fear of telling her. She asked me if I was sure. I was. she accepted me & told me she loved me even if I was gay. I think she hoped I would “meet the right guy.” But I got it off my chest & it was so worth it. I’m proud of the fact that I’m a lesbian. I struggled & still struggle with it. But it’s a long tough process.
As usual, Hannah tells her truths with honesty, integrity and passion. Much Respect my fellow neurodivergent wonder woman.
@Keep Up so am i
My god this is painful.
Some great points I agree, but as a stand up comedian she is just not funny. I would not pay to see her tbh.
No one finds her funny glad you do!
I am so glad that the vast majority of the comments here are not only respectful but appreciative and loving. No verbal abuse. What a relief. Hannah deserves to be lauded for her talent and the courage to be true to herself. ❤️❤️❤️
@CalbertReef this guy gets it
@Primalxbeast But even when she's doing standup, you gotta agree, it's not funny. I get more laughs reading the comments than I do listening to Hannah. She's doing her best but alas, it's not good enough.
@Craig List It's a TED talk, so I wasn't expecting as much comedy as there would be when she's doing stand up.
@memosrt I was thinking the same thing. Yes, Hannah is a good speaker. She has a lot to say about homosexuality and gets her message across eloquently and succinctly but on a stage where the audience is expecting to be be entertained by a comedien?
I watched this 3 times and each time got something that I missed. Hannah is a very clever writer, regardless of what she thinks :) Well done!
Hannah is a brilliant writer and actually works very hard at it. Her memoir is brilliantly funny in the driest of ways.
I know how you feel - I’ve watched ‘Nanette’ many times and ‘Douglas’ over 25 times! Her writing and reciting are exquisite 💜
I can not articulate my thought when I’m around others. I never feel like I can express my thoughts properly or I totally miss social cues. But I am one of the best speech givers at my school. I excel at giving speeches and I think that’s so fascinating. In the ways I cannot connect to others in everyday life, I can reach people’s heart through speech and written pieces ♥️
I love TED talks. This one touched my heart so much. Hannah, you are my new hero. I’m an abuse survivor and this was inspiring. Thank you.
She is always so layered in what she does. Very clever and very authentic.
She is so smart and funny. But my favorite thing about her talk is that she is super real and authentic. Well done, great TED.
@Rafael Eduardo Ramis yah, was wondering about the same thing. I bet these people think going to a morgue is hilarious.
@Rafael Eduardo Ramis still looking I think.
@J Andrews have you found the joke yet? It has taken 6 months so far
@J Andrews she's not funny. AT ALL.
"I was depressed and anxious because I couldn't sort my life out like a normal person, because I was not a normal person." I love this about Hannah Gadsby... When my son was diagnosed with Aspergers, I went into a mini depression, because everything he struggles with, I too struggle with... But with one difference, I have a deep level compassion for all living things (except mosquitoes, leeches and ticks). My son struggles with empathy. So we sent him to empathy classes. Asides from this he is a beautiful young man. And through helping my son, I have come to better understand autism and myself.
“i’ve always understood more than i could communicate”
"I don't know the words but you're failing."
I can't expressions....b
@Tanner Olson no, it's called having a brain.
Right? Felt that one in my bones.
I wish I could “ like” this several times. So poignant, so heart wrenching, yet so wise. Every single thought here is precious!
Hannah is amazing! I’m so happy you are out in the world sharing your story and your voice! I’m so sorry you’ve had to suffer so much to get to where you are...but I hope you can feel supported now! Thank you for telling your story to help give voice for the many unique people who don’t feel they have a voice and survived trauma and abuse too. Thank you
I love her. Hannah inspires me to pursue my dreams in communications despite my struggles as a neurodiverse individual. Thank you Hannah and hello.
The words she chooses to express herself are truly remarkable. In some ways, I feel like I am listening to a scholar.
she is a scholar. :) she's an Art Historian.
You are, this is how all the post-modernist "scholars" talk. People rightfully calls out Trump for saying absolute crackpot things like "my truth", but she says it and its profound and deep. Self righteous fart huffing mixed with comedy should be the title of her ted talk.
@QqMorPlzNoRm She has been on the comedy circuit for years.
It's almost like I'm listening to a smart person. I feel like she almost does comedy. In some ways, she comes so close to getting to a punchline.
That was so strong, one of the most intense and complete talk I've heard
You would have said that same exact thing if she came on stage and just farted for 12 minutes straight.
the only thing intense about this was the struggle to find a secure enough spot to hang myself from.
You don’t get out much at all do you?
Hannah Gadsby is a brilliant person and I love listening to her. She never fails to present concepts in new ways that make me think about my preconceptions. Thank you, Hannah, for making me laugh and making me think!
Hannah is amazing and I will definitely look at more of her material. I loved Nannette. It was so different, what a ride it was to watch that. Feel so much empathy, respect and awe for Hannah, she's fierce and so courageous!
When I listen to Hannah I go from crying to laughing in a matter of half a second.
Heartbreaking and raw, thank you for sharing your story Hannah. My daughter is on the spectrum and I love how you explain your thinking to help typical people understand your brilliant mind. I wish you all the best and look forward to hearing more from you!
I'm not autistic but I do have ADHD and I agree that knowing I had ADHD didn't stop the struggles but it allowed me to identify the struggles and like she says, it's about facing the eye of the storm. Such a good talk.
ADHD and autism have a lot of similarities.
Kowther I’ve got adhd and I’m autistic (both diagnosed in adulthood) and I agree! It allowed me space to give myself more patience and not try and hold myself to a neurotypical idea of “normal”
I wear earplugs in public whenever I need to now with no shame ✅
Powerful. This actually taught me something about my grief. That it connects me to the world rather than disconnects me from it. That that is what makes us human.
"I don't think I'm qualified to speak my own mind. I've always had a great deal of difficulty turning my thinking into the talking. Despite being a pathologically shy, virtual mute with low self-esteem... I knew... why is it I could be so good at something I'm so bad at." Thank you Hannah for saying these (and many other) words that need to be said and heard yet almost weren't. I love this Hannah, thank you!
Two-plus years late here, but wow, a lot of that hit eerily close to home. Thank you to Hannah Gadsby, on the off chance she comes across this.
Everything she says is relatable for me as a person on the spectrum who also struggles with PTSD and depression. It's a comfort to see someone on the spectrum being confident, succesful and embraced publically. I also tend to hide all my dark sides - including my diagnosis, for the comfort of others and the fear of being shamed. Thank you for being so open Hannah, it's inspirational!
That standing ovation was well deserved.
"How autism and PTSD have so much in common" - THIS!
I'm not autistic so I was really surprised when reading about autism my first thought was how much of it I've experienced myself. I grew up in an abusive environment and have PTSD and severe anxiety with a lot of similar symptoms. It's good to know it's not only in my head.
@Alex Cameron We all had damage, you're not unique. We'd be better off if everyone moved on. If downvotes existed on this platform you would be buried
@M L Thanks for that comment, it’s very well said! More people need to be called out on their narcissistic behavior. It’s truly annoying that so many people feel good by belittling others online. I’m not talking about you, I’m very impressed to see someone who’s not afraid of putting people in their place! Thanks, take care. ☮️
Exactly my reaction.
@Dwight Chaos Stop projecting your sanctimony onto others. You've just outed yourself as a narcissist, by the way. Something you are free to do, of course, just as those of us who are "different" are free to call you out on it. Best of luck.
One of the great artists of our time. Bravo!
I resonated with literally everything that she said. Like, I kept thinking, almost every time, “Hey, that happened to me too!” Almost with excitement, because it is so hard to find someone who would viscerally KNOW, and not just know but UNDERSTAND what my life is like, what I have never been able to put to words out of the hieroglyphs and pictograms that make up my mind. I have my own list of contradictions. I am a female. I am not a girl. I have horrific stage fright. I love singing in front of a crowd. I am autistic. Not a contradiction, just giving the rule of three a try. Did it work?
On the other hand, my list of similarities when comparing Hannah’s life experiences with my own can not be contained to three. I have autism. I have PTSD. I have anxiety. I have depression. I have been abused. I have been sexually abused. I have been bullied and mocked about how I look and behave. I was diagnosed late, albeit not quite as late as Hannah. I regret not sharing my truth with my grandpa before he died. Writing is a struggle. Talking is a struggle. Everyday is a struggle. I don’t know the purpose of my human.
I don’t know who I am. Am I still my nan’s granddaughter (another similarity, I call my grandmother nan too) and my mother’s daughter and my sisters’ sister if I am not girl? Can I still say I love to sing when my stage fright makes me too afraid to join my church choir? Can I even be considered a person when my autism and my anxiety and my PTSD and my depression debilitate me and my life so much? I don’t know. But I want to find out.
Thank you for reading this essay while watching someone else give a TED talk.
Edit: Sorry this is so heavy. I never said I was a comedian! (That was my attempt at a joke. I think how not funny it is says it all.)
You might never see this but your comedy changed me. It gave me a larger awareness. I don't feel alone. Thanks 😊
Wonderful to see the overwhelmingly positive and supportive comments. Hannah, you bring out the best in us 💖
She really punches through to my heart.
“Speech has always felt like an inadequate freeze frame for the life inside of me,” is my current favorite way to explain to others how hard it is for me to communicate. My diagnosis has also has helped give me a profound framework to my experience of ptsd and autism. It’s not easier, but the context helps. Thank you, Hannah.
jl rx...you can get a diagnosis that easy, huh? Well buddy, do I have some bad news for you...
This resonates so strongly with me as well.
When are people going to learn to stop feeding the trolls?
Bunch of professional victims in this chat... ffs none of you are special.
thank you for Nanette. you helped me to understand perspectives that I wondered about and on a factual level understood, but never had the context needed to be able to empathize in a meaningful way. thank you again for helping me expand my "perspective bubble"... the work continues....
Hannah Gadsby is a gift of humanity that we do not deserve. Bless her spirit and honesty.
"NANETTE". This woman is wonderfully incredible. I just finished watching it now. Engaging, humorous, educational.... Powerful, moving, strong and above all else: SINCERE! Heartbreakingly yet wonderfully sincere... Thank you Hannah.
I certainly feel connected now - an elusively rare occurrence. My heart is just swelling, very strange. Thank you, Hannah.
What a brilliant storyteller Hannah Gadsby is. Her talk made me laugh, smile and well up with tears from a deep place she reached. Our world is a better place with Hannah Gadsby in it. May she live long and prosper and know deep in her heart and in her soul that she is connected, appreciated and loved. 🙏🏻❤️
As a person with ADHD I'm pretty sure this is the only talk above 8 minutes that I've listen without missing a second. Truly captivating.
Same. This is a truly great talk or "recitation".
Same! And I’m your 666th like! Struggle onwards friend
@Nihilist you're right that people would say that but those people are also being bigoted.
@MDarina yep How To ADHD is soooo good. The commenters are a great community where you realize you're no longer alone because neurotypicals in my experience completely fail to understand what's going on in our heads and why simple stuff for them is difficult for us (especially when they try escalating which is a dysfunctional approach even for non-ADHD brains).
I'm the same
Recently discovered im autistic and the way hannah explains finding a framework to hang to bits of yourself you never understood is just moving me to tears. what a gift we have to watch hannah on stage sharing her story with us.
I love Hannah’s ability to connect with a story.
Beautiful. I am autistic. Diagnosed at 31!! You make complete sense to me. 🥰 "I always understood more then I can communicate"
I can't do simple things NT people take for granted, but I have a wealth of ever growing knowledge and ideas and theories.
I wonder if NT brains are as loud and as amazing as ours.
I have NEVER watched a TED talk from beginning to end...until now. Consider this the ultimate compliment and THANK YOU for sharing.🌻⚜
Love this, she has such a way of provoking thoughts and really having the desire to truly learn to know yourself. Amazing...
She is a powerful and gifted orator - eloquent, honest, fearless
@Mange Chanagement Nope. I just know what's funny and honestly forgot about this comment til you replied back and I'm kind of upset you did seeing as I got reminded of this so called comedian.
@Mary Dillon Salai Because we're afraid of her sitting on us.
And most of all not funny at all
This video couldn't come at a more fitting time in my life. I'm deeply moved and feel supported. Thank you Hannah!
„through an act of disconnection i found connection“. Thank you Hannah for your great and reallyy inspring talk! Greetings from an traumatised ADHD girl.
You are a freaking role model for me as an autistic woman of color in art! I watch your comedy "Nanette" a few times and I loved how you described Picasso. I started digging some more about the artists's life and shared it with my students on numerous occasions. Thank you for being so brave.Thank you for giving people like myself permission to exist by sharing your story and your pain! your work is incredibly important for our modern society!
Every time I connect with what you have to say is an absolute blessing. Your ability to make me laugh and cry is a true gift. Thank you.
Yes, I always understand more than I could communicate. I just wish others would give me the time to let me comunicate. Hannah you are amazing!!!
That was beautiful. And the ending "Hello" I enjoyed. It was perfect. She didn't close the door after her talk she welcomed us to continue this journey of Nanette's.
I am shocked that she explained so much of how I feel as it relates to communication, and other aspects which I had yet to think about.
And Hello was the last contradiction of the show! Very clever.
Hannah - Thank you for this post. So much of what you shared rings true to my own story, and you have done good for me and many others, whether NT or on the spectrum. Well done indeed.
Thank you for sharing yourself like this. Your voice and you stories hit me in such a deep place. I know your pain and I'm so grateful that you are who you are. The world is better for it.
Last night I watched Hannah for the first time. I am in awe. I viewed Nanette. I am grateful for the world to have such an easy opportunity to learn so much. My only regret, is the tumultuous road she has traveled. And having said that, Hannah, proved an interesting point I have believed for a very long time. We can be our own Neosporin, as well as Triage others. Very done, Hannah...
Very Well Done, Hannah !!! 🌴💙
Best TED talk I’ve watched to date and there have been a lot. Thank you, Hannah
im so grateful for Hannah Gatsby she is an amazing inspiring woman!
Nanette helped me in tuff time in life and she is a role model for me!
I love how honest and powerful she is!
As an Autistic person (late diagnosed) also from where Hannah is from, I find her talks so refreshing and connecting. I have also struggled with feeling connected to my friends and family on a genuine level, and being able to express myself with out the mask of trying to be normal has helped me to be and feel more authentic. Hannah is such a beautiful and important person to have in our media at the moment!
Frankie Basile goodness, triggered righties really have nothing to say do they xD
Frankie Basile Well you must be able to say something more positive. Otherwise you should keep quiet.
Hi Frankie, who do you follow instead?
I was late diagnosed with autism as well and her story is so relatable. Thank you Hannah 💜
Simply and utterly brilliant, beautiful person. Thank you Hannah for your keen wit, and your honesty. 👍❤️
What a brave soul. I hope one day that we can all respect our brilliant thinkers🌟 One love♥️
This is one of my favorite women in the world. The genius, the way she articulates, the messages she sends. Everything.
You have done more teaching in under 20 minutes than some "master teachers". Your lecture helped me understand some of my students even better than before. I know that when teaching prepositions to
Make sure my students know that one just can't be the box, or eat the box. I will use your talk and apply it when I teach my students, specifically my spectrum students. From one teacher to another, thank you, thank you, thank you.
I love the way she speaks, the way she shows her 'imperfections' letting us to connect with ours.
Yea its making space for self acceptance as flawed and vulnerable as we may be
It's never a waste of time to spend time with Hannah Gadsby, I love her intelligence, her insight and her humour
First comedian, who made me cry, and still she IS a comedian. Very deep, highly intellectual and captivating! THANK YOU SO MUCH! Greetings from Austria!
Her words... She herself... just brilliant, gorgeous, astonishing! Thank you! From me as a woman, as a human that always wondered what's wrong with me, others, humanity itself. THANK YOU!!!
Realmente Nanette nos faz refletir sobre muitas coisas, que passam por nós como postes de luz. Do Brasil, envio um parabéns.
I’m happy your grandma was there for you Hannah. She made all the difference in the world.
If you haven't seen NANETTE, please do. It's on Netflix, now. It's very serious, but there is a lot of wonderful humor as well. Made me think, cry, laugh, reflect.
@Can not find my glasses "There wasnt a single joke for her entire comedy special." Completely false. Why do people like you say easily refuted bullshit like this?
And Rotten Tomatoes is notorious for review bombing by misogynists and racists and the like, and boy, do they HATE Hannah Gadsby.
She made me cry as well as it was the saddest thing I've ever seen with 0 jokes :(
@Aubrae Hersel lmao k
Great story teller and activist , Awful comedian
Nah, it’s garbage ..
You're an inspiration to so many people. Maybe that's the purpose of your comedy. You're helping people have hope. You're helping people understand.
Thank you, Hannah, for sharing your story.
This right here!!!! Golden! I really enjoyed this stand up. It was sweet,sad,funny and enlightened a few problems and hardships many meet every day. Way to go,Hannah 😍
I feel so lucky that I came across this video today. She provided me a wholly new perspective to see the speech, the comdy and even the world in a connected way. Thanks and hello :)
I LOVE your glasses. I’m a late diagnosis myself. Only 10 months ago. Finding inspirational people like you to keep myself motivated is my new SI. Thank you
could listen to her forever tbh, she speaks from the core of her being and it ends up hitting you the listener there too, amazing
What a gift to the world is Hannah Gadsby. I am so glad she began expressing from her fuller, nuanced, voice of deep understanding. From my perspective, that expression IS the "purpose of her human" to the human race. Such expression touches us all at the depth of our humanity.
for someone who has trouble turning her thinking into talking, she is brilliant at putting things out there and even my own thoughts into words. Thanks for explaining so well Hannah
Brilliant and deeply moving, Hannah's self-deprecating style is both perspicacious and engaging. I feel humbled by Hannah's humility, invigorated by her careful choices of words and her message.
I thank you from my entire being for being ...you. My son has autism. We watch you together...and we grow together through your incredible "human."
Your human is inspiring! Thank you for your humanity and your willingness to connect “all of us”!
Hannah is one of the greatest artists of our times - it's up to us to catch up. Love her !!
george sotiriou The comedy part or the sexual harassment part?
I am more of a Louis C.K guy
It gets better and better the more she layers things up.
I have followed your career for many years and even have a photo with you when you performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. I think you’re awesome and I can’t wait to see more of your work. Thanks for all the laughs over all the years. ❤️
Hannah. This is everything. The ACTUAL TED Talk 👍💕
I love your shows and talks so much. Everything you say sounds so extremely genuine, which is hard to come by nowadays. Keep up the good work. Can't wait to see what you do next! 💕
I heard about her on NPR, watched this and love her. We have an autistic granddaughter who struggles with similar issues as Hannah, who has helped me understand what is going on in her mind. Hannah is brilliant, perhaps a savant; our granddaughter is developmentally delayed. Perhaps Hannah's presentations will help us understand our granddaughter better and hopefully be able to help so that she doesn't need to feel isolated and alone. I will be watching "Douglas".
Your human is just what humanity needs. Thank you Hannah for embracing you & sharing it with us.
Kate Miller no it’s the down fall of mankind
Hannah, you are absolutely brilliant. I admire you and your work and I am deeply grateful for everything you share with us. Thank you thank you thank you! ❤️
Thank you for showing another spectrum of Autism as so many of us are diagnosed as adults. I get strength from hearing and watching your life stories. I am in awe of your courage and felt your ability to explain our struggles were spot on.
I've never seen anything so powerful as the end of Nanette, at the end of the show she communicate her ideas, her pain with so much clarity! That was historical.