Hannah Gadsby will rescue 2020 and bring light back into our lives with new Netflix comedy special

Hannah Gadsby will return to Netflix with special Douglas

2020 is looking like a pretty bleak year for many reasons, but comic Hannah Gadsby is on hand to bring some light back into our lives.

The star, who is best known for her breakout queer comedy special Nanette,  has announced that followup show Douglas is finally coming to Netflix.

Gadsby recently concluded a world tour for the follow-up show, which will finally make its Netflix debut amid the pandemic on May 26.

Douglas is coming to Netflix in May.

In a tweet, she confirmed: “I’m pretty excited to announce that my new special Douglas will be streaming on @netflixisajoke starting May 26. Be sure to mark it in your socially-distant calendars…then wash your hands.”

She quipped: “I’m excited for you to see it. It’s gonna be good. Unless you don’t like it. Then, it’s still gonna be good, and you’ll be wrong.”

Hannah Gadsby will return to Netflix with special Douglas

Hannah Gadsby will return to Netflix with special Douglas. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for AFI)

Marking the conclusion of the tour last month, Gadsby said: “I did 147 shows over 369 days in 40 cities across 12 countries and 432 NYT Monday crosswords from the archive. The Douglas tour is done! I had a very nice time. I hope y’all did too. Wash your hands on the regular and be as well as you can.”

For those who need more Hannah Gadsby in their lives right now, she previously appeared in queer Australian comedy Please Like Me – which is streaming in the UK on Amazon Prime and in the US on Hulu.

Hannah Gadsby was preparing to work in a shop after Nanette.

Nanette was hinged on the concept of Gadsby quitting comedy – a plan which the out Australian comic has long since abandoned.

However, she previously teased that her plans to exit the stage were very real.

In an interview with Rolling Stone last year, Gadsby revealed she had asked her brother for a job in his produce shop, fearing the special’s approach to misogyny and homophobia would end her career in comedy permanently.

She said: “I was prepared to be poor. That was incredibly freeing.

“If you care more about your reputation [than about telling your story], then you’re not really speaking the truth.”

Explaining why she didn’t quit, she added: “I said I was quitting, [but] if I quit now, I’m an idiot. If the show had gone as badly as I planned, it would have worked.

“But now, like, I’m left with the choice. I’ll either be an idiot or a hypocrite, and I’d rather be a hypocrite than an idiot.”