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The streamer has acquired the stand-up comedian’s Nanette follow-up special, Douglas. Gadsby is currently touring the globe in support of the special, which is named after her beloved dog and features material inspired by her breakout success and lessons from it.
“I’m so excited to announce today that Douglas will be released on Netflix in 2020,” Gadsby announced Monday night at a Netflix Emmy For Your Consideration event. “I’m really enjoying touring with the live performance, but there will be places in the world that I won’t be able to visit, so it’s wonderful that Netflix will bring the show to every corner of the globe.”
Douglas is Gadsby’s 11th stand-up comedy show. She premiered it in Melbourne (March 27-April 7) before embarking on a U.S. tour, which kicked off April 30 in San Francisco. Gadsby, who considered Nanette to be the tour after which she would quit stand-up comedy, recently announced plans to hit the East Coast after wrapping the first leg of the U.S. tour July 12 in Los Angeles. Additional dates will be announced later, including shows in Europe, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
The tour comes after Gadsby opted to take a breather after Nanette became a pop culture phenomenon shortly after its June 20 debut on Netflix. The past year saw Gadsby, a writer and veteran stand-up comedian who grew up in rural Tasmania, sign with UTA and score a book deal for her memoir, Ten Steps to Nanette (due this year).
In an interview announcing Douglas and her touring plans, Gadsby said Netflix’s ability to reach a global audience was among her favorite parts of the Nanette experience.
“One of the most rewarding things about the Netflix special was the places in the world that it went to that I could never go and perform,” she said when asked if she’d be interested in selling Douglas to Netflix. “There’s been such a huge response in India and all these sorts of places. I’m a big proponent of live performance — I think there’s a lot to be said about experiencing live performance — but there’s something to be said about the mass dissemination that is available through some of these things. So I wouldn’t say no, but we’ll see how it goes.”
Douglas lands at Netflix as the streamer continues to aggressively invest in the stand-up comedy space with specials from the likes of Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, Jerry Seinfeld and many more.
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