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Hannah Gadsby
Hannah Gadsby
Born Smithton, Tasmania, Australia
Medium Live performance
Nationality Australian
Years active 2006-present
Genres Stand-up
Subject(s) Small town life, Smithton, dysfunctional parents, same-sex sexuality, homophobia, trauma
Notable works and roles Kiss Me Quick, I'm Full of Jubes
Website hannahgadsby.com.au

Hannah Gadsby is an Australian comedian. She quickly rose to prominence after winning the national final of the Raw Comedy competition for new comedians in 2006. She has toured internationally and appeared on Australian and New Zealand television.

Early life and education

Gadsby grew up in Smithton in Tasmania, the youngest of five children.[1][2] She attended Smithton High School from 1990 to 1995, Launceston College and the University of Tasmania in Hobart. She later graduated from the Australian National University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Curatorship.[3] Before her comedy career, Gadsby worked as a cinema projectionist and as a tree planter on a farm.


Gadsby co-starred on the ABC television network show, Adam Hills Tonight (formerly known as Adam Hills in Gordon Street Tonight). She had regular segments called 'On This Day' and 'Hannah Has A Go' and also featured on the couch, contributing as host Adam Hills interviews his guests.[4] The show ceased production following the end of its third season in July 2013.[5]

She has also appeared as a guest on Good News Week, Spicks and Specks,[4] and New Zealand TV 3's 7 Days.

Gadsby has written and presented two documentary specials for the Artscape program on ABC TV, The NGV Story (2011)[6] and Hannah Gadsby Goes Domestic (2010).[7] She has further written and presented a three-part series on ABC TV, Hannah Gadsby's Oz, which aired in March 2014.[8]

She featured as Hannah, a fictional version of herself, in the second, third and fourth seasons of fellow comedian Josh Thomas's series Please Like Me in 2015.

Comedy festivals

Gadsby is a regular on the local and international comedy festival circuit. Below is a listing of some of her appearances.

The arts

Although Hannah is best known for her pure comedy work, she also combines her comedy talents with her art qualifications (she has a degree in Art History and Curatorship) by presenting comedy art tours in conjunction with the National Gallery of Victoria. Since 2009, Gadsby has presented tours with themes such as paintings of the Holy Virgin, Dadaism, Modernism, Impressionism and the nude in art. Gadsby also gives talks on art and opens exhibitions.[11]

Personal life

She is openly gay and often refers to her sexuality in her stand-up routines.[1][12]

Community work

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.[13][14]


Preceded by
Josh Thomas
triple j Raw Comedy Award
Succeeded by
Jonathan Schuster
Preceded by
Sarah Millican
Second place So You Think You're Funny?, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Succeeded by
Ben Davis
Preceded by
Sam Simmons
Best Emerging Comedy Award, Adelaide Fringe Festival
Succeeded by
Michael Bowley (2009)
Preceded by
Moosehead Award, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
With: Amelia Jane Hunter
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Directors' Choice Award, Sydney Comedy Festival
Succeeded by


  1. ^ a b The great Gadsby | Sydney Morning Herald 12 February 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2013. Smh.com.au (12 February 2011). Retrieved on 2017-05-14.
  2. ^ Hannah Gadsby interview: I talk about my shows like they're ships | Such Small Portions 10 November 2011. Suchsmallportions.com (10 November 2011). Retrieved on 2017-05-14.
  3. ^ "Graduate search". 12 November 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Adam Hills Tonight | ABC Television website. Retrieved 5 June 2013 Archived 4 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Sydney Morning Herald website. Retrieved 21 October 2014. Smh.com.au (28 November 2013). Retrieved on 2017-05-14.
  6. ^ Hannah Gadsby: The NGV Story | Screen Australia. Retrieved 6 June 2013. Screenaustralia.gov.au. Retrieved on 14 May 2017.
  7. ^ Artscape - Hannah Gadsby Goes Domestic | ABC Arts 20 May 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2013. Abc.net.au. Retrieved on 14 May 2017.
  8. ^ ABC TV Programs March 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014. Abc.net.au. Retrieved on 14 May 2017.
  9. ^ Hannah Gadsby in Happiness is a Bedside Table | Crikey 9 April 2013. Blogs.crikey.com.au (9 April 2013). Retrieved on 2017-05-14.
  10. ^ Wright, Tony (30 June 2017). "Why Hannah Gadsby is retiring from comedy after 'Nanette'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2018. 
  11. ^ Reclining nudes get stand-up treatment | The Age 20 March 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2013. Theage.com.au (20 March 2013). Retrieved on 2017-05-14.
  12. ^ Hannah Gadsby: Comedy Festival Review | TVNZ 10 November 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2013. Tvnz.co.nz. Retrieved on 14 May 2017.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ "The Heart of St Kilda Concert. Retrieved 6 June 2013". 

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