A show of roaring hilarity, Hannah Wants A Wife may just be the finest spot of stand-up you see this festival. Hannah Gadsby's infamously dry wit, sensationally sardonic on occasion, fuels a wholly enjoyable experience.
Gadsby kicks off her routine with a comprehensive art history lesson - well, a comprehensive analysis of the one piece, anyway. Therein lies the beauty of Gadsby's first impression, though: without even venturing beyond a seemingly innocuous painting, she quickly has the audience in stitches. She procures an unbelievable mileage from even the simplest of ideas, the laughs thick and fast in the process. Beyond the show's initial lecture-inspired direction, Gadbsy showcases much versatility, with satire, self-deprecation and a meditation on both sexuality and gender roles coming to the fore.
Gadsby tends to meander through her routine with intellectual flare, proving mature and methodically hilarious throughout the show. Pleasingly, though, she also proves she's steadfastly unafraid of bawdy detours, offering a kind of comedic smorgasbord overall.
If executed a little less conscientiously, Hannah Wants A Wife might have been a completely different show, niche and alienating. However, Gadsby manages to both play to her established demographic and endear herself to those only casually acquainted with her craft.
Cool, calm and in control, Gadsby is an astonishingly strong comedian, her show Hannah Wants A Wife a delectably funny outing. Highly recommended.