Hannah Gadsby Wants a Wife, well "it's not an active search", she confesses in her dry and understated way to the audience at the Brisbane Comedy Festival. Hannah, well known for her quick quips and asides on the ABC's Gordon St Tonight and for her matter of fact, razor sharp wit presents a hilarious stage show. In just under an hour she manages to share her take on the institution of marriage, a nutshell history of the plight of western women through the ages, which bygone era would best suit her sensibilities if she were to travel back in time and her long standing relationship with her favourite art work, Jan van Eyck's Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife.
One of the most endearing things about Hannah's style of stand up is her 'what you get is what you see' approach. There are no frills, no antics, just Hannah. Just Hannah, like a naughty school kid using her laser light to point out the rude bits on a famous work of art, enlightening you on the layers of meaning that could be read from the painting's content. Just Hannah, no qualms, telling us how horrible it would be for a lesbian to endure most periods in history, with the exception of the Victorian era, for reasons you'll have to discover as you laugh your way through her show. Just Hannah explaining how her personal style is all about the 'cock block' and yet much to her bemusement one or two men have tried to pick her up.
At the end of her performance she claimed that she wasn't one to build to a big finish, yet her apology note to all the people she may have offended through her references in the show, was approximately 5 minutes of non-stop laughter. So even if it wasn't her leaving on a high, we definitely were. Hannah Gadsby is certainly one of the finest comedians in Australia at the moment and she is not to be missed at the Brisbane Comedy Festival.
Brisbane Powerhouse and Token Events present
Hannah Wants A Wife
Venue: Visy Theatre | Brisbane Powerhouse
Dates: Tue 13 - Sun 18 Mar 2012
Tickets: $30 - $22
Part of the Brisbane Comedy Festival 2012
MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL
Venue: Banquet Room, Victoria Hotel
Date: Thurs 29th March – Sun 22nd April (no show Mondays)
Bookings: Ticketmaster.com.au or 1300 660 013 or at the door