Update April 8, 3:38 p.m. Gadsby has announced a new four-week limited engagement run of Douglas in New York, July 23rd to August 17th at the Daryl Roth Theater. Tickets go on sale Sunday, April 14th at 10:00 a.m.
Hannah Gadsby will follow her 2018 breakout Netflix stand-up special, Nanette, with a new touring show, Douglas. The act launches with a run of performances in Melbourne, Australia (March 27th through April 7th) before her first-ever U.S. trek, which kicks off April 30th in San Francisco, California and concludes July 12th in Los Angeles, California.
While Gadsby based Nanette on a random barista, she drew on a more familiar muse — her dog, Douglas — for her 11th solo show. The furry pup, whom she’s previously shouted-out on Instagram, appears in a promo photo on the comedian’s website.
Gadsby will workshop material for the new special during her sold-out “Work in Progress” residency at the Dynasty Typewriter in Los Angeles, California, which runs February 26th through March 9th.
“That’s pretty much how I work best: work up a show through performing it,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “For stand-up, your best editor is your audience. People will let you know what’s interesting, what is funny — these sorts of things — and also the rhythm of jokes really don’t work on the page. What works on the page may not work in a crowed and vice versa. I really love the work in progress stage. It’s somewhat dangerous and fun and everything is optional.”
Gadsby added that Douglas is partly inspired by the unexpected acclaim she received for Nanette, along with her “inability to wrangle positive attention.”
“I’m deeply unsettled by the amount of positive attention that I’m getting; the negative attention, I’m well-learned in handling that!” she said. “It doesn’t really upset me that I [received] a bit of hostility — because I know how to handle that. I thought it was interesting for me.”
Hannah Gadsby Douglas Tour Dates
March 27 – April 7- Melbourne, Australia @ Arts Centre Melbourne
April 30 – San Francisco, CA @ Palace of Fine Arts
May 10 – San Diego, CA @ Balboa Theatre
May 15 – Portland, OR @ Newmark Theatre
May 22 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
May 30 – Austin, TX @ Paramount Theatre
June 2 – Houston, TX @ Jones Hall for the Performing Arts
June 8 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
June 13 – Minneapolis, MN @ Pantages Theatre
June 16 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater
June 23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Merriam Theater
June 25 – Washington, DC @ Kennedy Center
June 29 – Nashville, TN @ James K Polk Theater
July 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Theatre at The Ace Hotel