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Hannah Gadsby (born 12 January 1978) is an Australian comedian, writer, actor and television presenter. She rose to prominence after winning the national final of the Raw Comedy competition for new comedians in 2006 and since then has toured internationally as well as appearing on Australian and New Zealand television and British radio.

Hannah Gadsby
Hannah Gadsby and Jason Wing - Jam Project - crop.jpg
Gadsby in 2013
Born (1978-01-12) 12 January 1978 (age 41)[1]
Smithton, Tasmania, Australia
MediumLive performance
NationalityAustralian
Years active2006–present
GenresAnecdotal comedy, dark humour, deadpan, sitcom, wit.
Subject(s)Art history, dysfunctional family, homosexuality, homophobia, mental illness, trauma
Notable works and rolesAdam Hills Tonight
Please Like Me
Nanette
WebsiteHannahGadsby.com.au

In 2018, the release of a film version of Gadsby's stand-up show called Nanette by Netflix brought her to the attention of international audiences.

As of 2019 she has been touring the US and Australia with her new show Douglas.

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Early life and educationEdit

Gadsby was born and grew up in Smithton, a small town on the remote north-west coast of Tasmania, the youngest of five children.[2][3]

She attended Smithton High School from 1990 to 1995, then moved to Launceston College in year 12, where she suffered a nervous breakdown.[4]

She began tertiary studies at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, but moved to the mainland to attend the Australian National University,[4] where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Curatorship in 2003.[5]

After this she worked in bookshops in Canberra and became a projectionist at an outdoor cinema in Darwin for a while. She then spent two years picking vegetables and planting trees along the east coast of Australia, before she found herself homeless (which she later attributed partly to her ADHD) and ill enough to require hospitalisation.[4]

CareerEdit

Stand-upEdit

It was on a visit to her sister in Adelaide in 2006 when Gadsby entered Raw Comedy in 2006, progressing through the heats to win the national prize.[4] As the winner, she was sent to the So You Think You're Funny competition at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where she won second prize.[6] From that point on, she performed numerous stand-up shows at festivals around Australia, such as the Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival.

Gadsby created the stand-up show she named Nanette partly as a response to the uncivil public debate which took place in Australia before the law was changed to allow same-sex marriage, and also after her diagnosis of ADHD and autism, in a performance described as ground-breaking.[7] In 2018, Netflix released the film version of Nanette, which brought her to the attention of international audiences.[8][9] On Rotten Tomatoes, Nanette received an approval rating of 100% based on reviews from 44 critics.[10]

In March 2019 Gadsby previewed her new show, Douglas, in Adelaide,[11] before touring the US and Australia, where many shows were sold out in advance.[12] In the show, she explores new personal revelations "with empathy, wit and some extremely relatable metaphor", and creates something "bigger than comedy" according to one reviewer of the preview show.[13] Gadsby says that she doesn't care what people call the show,[14] aiming at men who complained on social media that Nanette was "not comedy but a lecture".[15]

TV rolesEdit

Gadsby co-wrote and co-starred in the Australian ABC television TV show Adam Hills Tonight through three seasons from February 2011 to July 2013. She had regular segments called 'On This Day' and 'Hannah Has A Go' and also featured on the couch, contributing as host Adam Hills interviewed his guests.[16][17]

She co-wrote (with Matthew Bate) and presented a three-part series on ABC TV, Hannah Gadsby's Oz, which aired in March 2014.[18] Produced by Closer Productions, this series set out to "debunk the myths of the Australian identity perpetuated by [its] national art".[19]

She co-wrote 20 episodes of fellow comedian Josh Thomas's series Please Like Me (2014-2016) and featured as Hannah, a fictional version of herself.[20]

Guest appearancesEdit

Gadsby has appeared as a guest on numerous TV shows in Australia and elsewhere, including Rove Live (2009), Good News Week (2009),[21] Spicks and Specks (2010),[16] Agony (2012-2014), QI (2018), The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2018),[20] and New Zealand TV 3's game show, 7 Days.[22]

Art-related tours and showsEdit

Between 2009 and 2013, Gadsby presented comedy art tours in conjunction with the National Gallery of Victoria, with themes such as paintings of the Holy Virgin, Dadaism, Modernism, Impressionism and the nude in art. She has given talks on art and opened exhibitions.[23]

Gadsby has written and presented two documentary specials for the Artscape program on ABC TV: Hannah Gadsby Goes Domestic (2010)[24] and The NGV Story (2011.)[25]

Hannah Gadsby's Oz (see above) was art-related.[18]

In 2015 she wrote and performed Hannah Gadsby: Arts Clown, a series for BBC Radio 4 based on her comedy art shows.[26]

Personal lifeEdit

Gadsby is openly lesbian and often refers to her sexuality in her stand-up routines.[2][27]

She was diagnosed with ADHD and autism in 2017.[4][7][28][29] She refers to her autism in her 2019 show Douglas in a way aimed to help people understand neurodiversity as part of a normal variation of the human condition.[14][15]

Gadsby is an active supporter of various charities. Organisations she has assisted include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Melbourne, Edmund Rice Camps of Victoria and the Sacred Heart Mission.[30][31] She has twice performed in The Breast Darn Show in Town.[20]

Live showsEdit

  • 2007: Hannah Gadsby is Wrong and Broken, Adelaide Fringe Festival
  • 2008: Meat, The Musical with Amelia Jane Hunter. Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Enmore Theatre
  • 2009: Kiss Me Quick, I’m Full Of Jubes (solo show). Melbourne International Comedy Festival, New Zealand International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival
  • 2009, 2010, 2011: The History of the National Gallery of Victoria (art history lecture). NGV, during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival
  • 2010: The Cliff Young Shuffle (solo show). Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, New Zealand International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival,
  • 2011: Mary. Contrary (solo show). Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • 2011: Mrs Chuckles (solo show). Belvoir St Theatre, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Wild West Comedy Fest (Perth), New Zealand Comedy Festival, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Soho Theatre (London).
  • 2012: Mary. Contrary (art lecture). National Gallery of Victoria during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • 2012: Hannah Wants A Wife (solo show).[32] Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Perth International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • 2013: Mary.Contrary (art lecture). Ten Days on the Island Festival, Kings Place London
  • 2013: Nakedy Nudes (art lecture). National Gallery of Victoria during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Art Space Mackay
  • 2013: Happiness is a Bed Side Table (solo show). Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Perth Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Canberra Theatre Centre, Soho Theatre London, Brighton Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Store[33]
  • 2014: Nakedy Nudes/ Mary.Contrary/ Australian Art (art lecture). NGV Art Lecture Series, Melbourne
  • 2014: The Exhibitionist (solo show). Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Ten Days Spiegeltent Hobart, Canberra Comedy Festival, Perth International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Soho Theatre (London)
  • 2015: Hannah Gadsby Live (solo show). Comedy Store Sydney
  • 2015: Art Lite (art lecture). Adelaide Cabaret Festival
  • 2015: Donkey (solo show). Brisbane Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Perth Comedy Festival, Darwin Festival
  • 2016: Dogmatic (solo show). Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Canberra Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Perth Comedy Festival, Belvoir Theatre, Wagga Wagga, Soho Theatre London
  • 2017–2018: Nanette (solo show). Perth Fringe Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, International Women’s Day – Sydney Opera House, Ten Days On The Island – Hobart, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Canberra Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival,[4] Wollongong, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Soho Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, Sydney Opera House, Soho Theatre – Return Run, New York Soho Playhouse
  • 2019: Douglas (solo show). Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide; Arts Centre, Melbourne; numerous venues in the US; back to Australia in December

Filmography (TV)Edit

Writer and performerEdit

  • 2011: Hannah Gadsby: Kiss Me Quick, I'm Full of Jubes (series 1, ep. 1 of Warehouse Comedy Festival series of live stand-up performances)
  • 2012–2013: Adam Hills Tonight (series – co-writer and presenter in 22 episodes)
  • 2013: Hannah Gadsby: Mrs Chuckles (series 2, ep. 9 of Warehouse Comedy Festival series)
  • 2014: Hannah Gadsby's Oz (documentary mini-series)
  • 2014–2016: Please Like Me (sitcom series – co-writer and actor in 22 episodes)
  • 2015: Hannah Gadsby: Renaissance Woman (documentary mini-series) – also producer[34]
  • 2018: Hannah Gadsby's Nakedy Nudes (documentary mini-series)
  • 2018: Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (film of live stand-up)

ActorEdit

  • 2009–2010: The Librarians (TV series) – as Carmel (2 episodes)
  • 2013: Underbelly – as Charlie (3 episodes)
  • 2014-2016: Please Like Me (TV series) - as Hannah (22 episodes)[35]

Works and publicationsEdit

  • Gadsby, Hannah (2018). Ten Steps to Nanette. Sydney: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 978-1-742-37403-1. OCLC 1014018703.

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Today's Birthday 12/1- Hannah Gadsby". This is Money. Australian Associated Press. 11 January 2019. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b Lenny Ann Low (12 February 2011). "The great Gadsby". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  3. ^ Hannah Gadsby interview: I talk about my shows like they're ships | Such Small Portions 10 November 2011 Archived 29 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Suchsmallportions.com (10 November 2011). Retrieved on 2017-05-14.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Wright, Tony (30 June 2017). "Why Hannah Gadsby is retiring from comedy after 'Nanette'". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Graduate search". 12 November 2014.
  6. ^ Hannah Gadsby, SYTYF, 2006 on YouTube
  7. ^ a b "Hannah Gadsby BA '03". Australian National University. 29 March 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  8. ^ Zinoman, Jason (19 March 2018). "Introducing a Major New Voice in Comedy (Who Also Attacks Comedy)". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Logan, Brian (19 August 2017). "Hannah Gadsby review – electrifying farewell to standup". The Guardian.
  10. ^ "Hannah Gadsby: Nanette". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  11. ^ Marsh, Walter (7 February 2019). "Hannah Gadsby to preview new live show 'Douglas' in Adelaide". The Adelaide Review. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Hannah Gadsby:Douglas". Hannah Gadsby. Archived from the original on 13 April 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  13. ^ Marsh, Walter (25 March 2019). "Review: Hannah Gadsby's Douglas". The Adelaide Review. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  14. ^ a b Peard, Anne-Marie (29 March 2019). "Hannah Gadsby: Douglas review". TimeOut Melbourne. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  15. ^ a b Valentish, Jenny (29 March 2019). "Hannah Gadsby: Douglas review – comedian brings laughs but retains edge in Nanette follow-up". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  16. ^ a b "Adam Hills Tonight". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 4 June 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  17. ^ Sydney Morning Herald website. Retrieved 21 October 2014. Smh.com.au (28 November 2013). Retrieved on 2017-05-14.
  18. ^ a b ABC TV Programs March 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014. Abc.net.au. Retrieved on 14 May 2017.
  19. ^ "Hannah Gadsby's Oz". Closer Productions. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  20. ^ a b c Hannah Gadsby on IMDb
  21. ^ Good News Week 2009.10.26 - S07E32 on YouTube
  22. ^ "Famous Faces - Hannah Gadsby". Smithton High School. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  23. ^ Kylie Northover (20 March 2013). "Reclining nudes get stand-up treatment". The Age.
  24. ^ Artscape – Hannah Gadsby Goes Domestic | ABC Arts 20 May 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2013. Abc.net.au. Retrieved on 14 May 2017.
  25. ^ Hannah Gadsby: The NGV Story | Screen Australia. Retrieved 6 June 2013. Screenaustralia.gov.au. Retrieved on 14 May 2017.
  26. ^ "Hannah Gadsby: Arts Clown". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  27. ^ Hannah Gadsby: Comedy Festival Review | TVNZ 10 November 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2013 Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine. Tvnz.co.nz. Retrieved on 14 May 2017.
  28. ^ Nussbaum, Emily (15 June 2018). "The Comedian Hannah Gadsby Goes Big Time, and Renounces Comedy" (Audio podcast interview). The New Yorker.
  29. ^ Devaney, Susan (17 July 2018). "Nanette's Hannah Gadsby reveals how autism diagnosis transformed her". Stylist. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  30. ^ In Stitches for Kids Charity Comedy | Jolly People.com 14 July 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2013. Melbourne.jollypeople.com (14 July 2010). Retrieved on 2017-05-14.
  31. ^ "The Heart of St Kilda Concert. Retrieved 6 June 2013". Archived from the original on 16 May 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  32. ^ Kissane, Ash (1 March 2012). "An Interview With Hannah Gadsby". Moustache Magazine.
  33. ^ Hannah Gadsby in Happiness is a Bedside Table | Crikey 9 April 2013. Blogs.crikey.com.au (9 April 2013). Retrieved on 2017-05-14.
  34. ^ Daily Review 22 December, 2015
  35. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3035758/#actress

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