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Hannah Gadsby on Stephen Colbert: comedian reveals hilarious plan to meet Beyoncé

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The comedian appeared on the late night show today to talk about her newfound fame, Emmy nominations and whether or not she’s going to become best friends with Beyoncé. 

How’s this for a power category?

Take a look at the nominations for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special at he 2019 Emmy Awards. Grouped together in this category as James Corden (and his 15-strong writing team on Carpool Karaoke), Adam Sandler, Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, Hannah Gadsby – a first time nominee for her 2018 genre-busting Netflix special Nanette – and one Beyoncé Knowles-Carter for her Netflix documentary Homecoming.

“I expect John Oliver will win,” Gadsby joked to Stephen Colbert on his series The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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Gadsby appeared on the talk show to promote Douglas, her new stand-up comedy routine doing the rounds of the New York circuit. (“It’s hard to say,” Gadsby said, when Colbert asked how it was going. “But people are laughing, which I’m pleased about.”) But first, the pair discussed next month’s Emmy Awards and how Gadsby will feel rubbing shoulders with her famous category colleagues.

“Am I in the same category as Beyoncé though?” Gadsby asked Colbert with a grin.

“Technically you are,” Colbert replied.

“Technically. Well I won’t initiate [conversation],” Gadsby said. “We’ll leave it up to Beyoncé. I think that’s only appropriate.” 

This is Gadsby’s cunning plan to become best friends with Beyoncé, she said, and it mirrors the way she views her newfound fame post the release of Nanette.

“I didn’t expect to get fame out of Nanetteflix, as I like to call it now,” Gadsby joked. “But here it is. My life has changed a lot.” 

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She added: “You don’t write a show like that and go oh, this is going to be popular. Like I did not read the room.” 

“It works to my theory,” Gadsby said. “I did not approach [fame], I was retreating. It works. Beyoncé and I are going to be BFFs. This is how it works.”

“The more you pull away, the more she’s going to come towards you,” Colbert asked.

“Keep the distance,” Gadsby confirmed.

Treat Beyoncé mean, keep her keen? Let’s see if Gadsby’s theory works on 22 September at the Emmys. 

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